A school administrator shall exclude from attendance any child having or suspected of having COVID-19. Exclusion shall continue until the readmission criteria for the conditions are met. The readmission criteria for COVID-19 is as follows:
If symptomatic, exclude until at least 5 days have passed since symptom onset, and fever-free*, and other symptoms have improved. Children who test positive for COVID-19 but do not have any symptoms must stay home for at least 5 days after the day they were tested.
*Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever suppressing medications. Fever is a temperature of 100° Fahrenheit (37.8° Celsius) or higher.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
At this time if a student is exposed, but is not exhibiting symptoms, they do not have to quarantine. If you have been exposed and are exhibiting symptoms you have to isolate or present a negative COVID test.
Masks are still OPTIONAL.
Steps to take when a student tests positive:
- Notify the school as soon as possible.
- Send your lab results from a doctor or testing facility to your child's campus. Without a confirmed lab result, student absences will NOT be excused. (A home test WILL NOT excuse a student's absence.)
- Have required information for the nurse (date symptoms started, date tested, when the student was last on campus if the student has had a COVID vaccination)
- Keep the child home until the return date given by the nurse (5 days from symptom onset)