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COVID 19 School Absence & Symptom Guidance Letter – Updated 8/26

Download here:  COVID 19 Letter

 

  1. All students that are sent home or remain home from school with COVID-like symptoms should be diagnostically tested. Students should remain home from school until they receive the test results.

 

  1. Students who are confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 must complete 10 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.

 

  1. Students returning to school after experiencing COVID-like symptoms but being diagnosed with a non-COVID illness must meet the criteria for returning to school for the illness with which they have been diagnosed. At a minimum, the individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and have had no diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours. A doctor’s note documenting the alternative diagnosis and a negative COVID-19 test result should accompany a student returning to school with an alternative diagnosis after experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

 

  1. Students with COVID-like symptoms who do not get tested for COVID-19 and who do not provide a doctor’s note documenting an alternative diagnosis, must complete 10 calendar days of isolation from the date of first symptom onset and be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved before returning to school.

 

  1. Siblings: If one of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or negative result received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case (i.e., tests positive for COVID-19) or a probable case (i.e., has COVID-like symptoms and is epidemiologically linked to a known case), the local health department conducting contact tracing will place household contact, including siblings, in quarantine for 14 calendar days.

 

  1. COVID-19 like symptoms: cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste and/or smell, fatigue, headache, body aches, congestion, runny nose.

When to Return:

Tested positive with symptoms: (#2 first page)

  • At least 10 days have passed since first symptoms AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without use of fever reducing medications and improvement of symptoms, AND no COVID-19 symptoms present AND a doctor’s note authorizing student is safe to return to school, or school related activities.

*Earliest Return Date is: ____________________

Tested positive without symptoms: (#2 first page)

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of first positive test, and no symptoms have developed AND a doctor’s note authorizing student is safe to return to school, or school related activities.

*Earliest Return Date is: ____________________

Tested negative with symptoms: (#3 first page)

  • At least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without use of fever reducing medications.
  • After 24 hours on antibiotics.
  • After 24 hours since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
  • With doctor’s note of clearance.
  • Must have documentation proving negative results is required with a doctor’s note of clearance and must be submitted to the school before student can return.

Untested with COVID-like symptoms: (#4 first page)

  • At least 10 days have passed since first symptoms AND at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without use of fever reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

*Earliest Return Date is: ____________________

Sibling: (#5 first page)

  • At least 10 days out unless other sibling has had a negative test result.

*Earliest Return Date is: ___________________