As cold and flu season is upon us during the COVID pandemic, we would like to remind parents when it is necessary and essential to keep your student home from school, even if you think it may be a cold. If your student has any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home:
- Cough, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, chills, fatigue, body ache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- If they have only one of these symptoms and it resolves in 24 hours or less, they can return to school.
- If the symptom continues beyond 24 hours, gets worse, or more than 1 symptom develops, they need to stay home and either: test negative for COVID by an approved testing site, or quarantine for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
If your child has a fever of 100.0 F or greater, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell, they must stay home and quarantine (10 days from onset of symptoms) or test negative for COVID by approved testing site AND have improvement of symptoms. Fever has to be gone for 24 hours without medication in order to return to school, even with a negative COVID test.
Some of the above symptoms could be caused by another diagnosis (like asthma, known GI problems, or allergies). If this is the case, a verified doctor’s note can be submitted to school to help identify these situations.