Stay Home When Sick

Don’t hesitate to stay home

If you feel sick, stay home, except to get medical care. Students and staff are asked to stay home from school if they have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

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• Shortness of breath, sore throat or persistent cough
• Temperature higher than 100.4 degrees
• Congestion or runny nose
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• New loss of taste or smell

Students should also stay home from school if they are experiencing other illness symptoms such as severe or long-lasting abdominal pain, rash with fever, strep throat, head lice before first treatment or any other illness that prevents a student from participating comfortably in school activities.

Staff and parents of students are encouraged to notify school officials of any COVID-19 symptoms, positive tests for COVID-19, exposure to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. Staff and students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should follow quarantine protocols.

Health rooms

Students or staff who are symptomatic should not come to school. If a student begins exhibiting symptoms after arriving at school, they will wait in the health room and maintain physical distancing while arrangements are made for them to be picked up by a parent or emergency contact as soon as possible. Parents and guardians need to make sure their emergency contact list is up to date.

Monitor symptoms

Staff will be encouraged to safely and respectfully monitor any observable symptoms in students, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Staff will observe all applicable privacy laws and regulations in doing so.

Additionally, schools will remind parents and students to self-check for symptoms, especially if exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual has taken place. 

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