Daily Home Screening for Students
Parents must ensure they do not send a child to school on campus if the child has COVID-19 symptoms, is lab confirmed with COVID-19, or if their child has had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
Parents, guardians or caregivers must conduct daily home screenings on their child before sending them to school.
Section 1: Symptoms
If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. Please check your child for these symptoms:
- Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;
- Sore throat;
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough baseline);
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
Section 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure
- Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR
- Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with person under quarantine for possible exposure to SARS-CoV-2; OR
- Traveled to or lived in an area where the local, Tribal, territorial, or state health department is reporting large numbers of COVID-19 cases
- Live in areas of high community transmission while the school remains open.
If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student will be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy (until symptom-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications).
If the student or parent or caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student will be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing.
Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2 without negative test results should stay home, isolate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their local health department. The local health department may contact the family for contact tracing. If contacted, families should notify the contract tracer that the student attended school.
Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES to any component of Section 1 AND YES to any component of Section 2 without negative test results will be permitted to return to school if:
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
- Symptoms have improved