When to Keep Your Child Home

It is important that we minimize the spread of illness in our school, so it is important that you keep you child home if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Furthermore we ask that if other members of your household are exhibiting any of these symptoms or have confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19 that you keep your child home. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in adults and children and can look like symptoms of other common illnesses such as colds, strep throat, or allergies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough, but children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding

Pay particular attention to:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4 °F or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for a child with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, see if there is a change from their usual cough)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Notify your teacher and parent coordinator if  your child is sick as well as if your child has had a COVID-19 test and what the result is, if available. If your child is sick but a healthcare provider tells you that your child does not have COVID-19, your child may still need to stay home.

If your child has experienced these symptoms and you think or you know that they have had COVID-19, they will be able to be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​

Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.

All information stated here is cited from current CDC guidelines and recommendations as of 1/2021.