FAQ for Parents Regarding COVID-19

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FAQ for Parents Regarding COVID-19

When should I keep my child home?

Please keep your child home with ANY of the following:
  • Fever 100 or higher
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting (abdominal pain)
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste/smell
If anyone in the home has one of these symptoms, all household members should stay home and quarantine. Siblings and other members should NOT participate in IN-PERSON school.
Contact your school nurse for further instructions.

How long should my child stay home from school if my child has symptoms?

Your child cannot return to school until at least 10 calendar days have passed since symptom onset and your child is fever-free without fever-reducing medication and there is an improvement of symptoms. 
Your child can return if you have a note from a medical professional with a clearance to return to school (see item #5).

One of my children is sick with COVID-19 illness or symptoms. Can my other children go to school?

NO. When one family member is ill with one or more COVID-19 illness symptoms, all household members should stay home and quarantine.
Siblings and other members should NOT participate in IN-PERSON school.

 Contact your school nurse for further instructions.

If my child experiences any COVID-like symptoms at school, will my child be sent home?

Your child will be removed to an isolated area and you will be called to pick him/her up. If you are not available, your child’s emergency contact will be called.
Your child will be sent home for ANY one of the following: Fever (100 or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nasal congestion/runny nose, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle/body aches, chills.
If your child is sent home, all siblings will be sent home as well.

If my child is ill and I don’t believe it is COVID-19, what does my child need to return to school?

Please keep your child home and schedule a visit with his/her healthcare provider. The healthcare provider's note must include the following:

  1. COVID Status (either COVID negative or no COVID test indicated)
  2. Alternative Diagnosis 
  3. Return to School Date

My child has tested positive for COVID-19, what do I do?

Contact your school nurse for further direction.

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Your child should be isolated when he/she is sick with symptoms/tests positive for COVID (stay away from others, stay in your bedroom, use a separate bathroom, if possible, wear your mask).  Quarantining is implemented when there has been exposure (stay home and monitor for symptoms.  

If my child is home and feeling well enough for schoolwork, what are the procedures and expectations

If a hybrid student is home for any reason but not feeling sick, she/he will join the class during their 2.5 hours of in-person learning times via Zoom. The child's parent must contact the school before the school day begins so that remote arrangements can be made. The child will log in on Zoom and the teacher will position her/his laptop so that the child can see the instruction.

What will happen if there is a COVID-positive individual identified in the school?

If there is a positive individual in your child’s school, a letter notifying all of the parents will be sent to inform them, but will not reveal the identity or class of that individual for privacy concerns. Close contacts will be monitored and will be contacted individually.

What is the definition of close contact?

Prolonged close contact is defined as at least 15 minutes of cumulative exposure within less than 6 feet of proximity.

My child has been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

When can they return to school?

Your child will need to quarantine for 14 days (possibly 24, in some cases). Your child cannot test out of quarantine.
Contact your school nurse for further instructions and to determine the return to school date.

What are the expectations for face coverings?

Face coverings must be worn at all times while in the buildings. It is important to pack multiple masks, should the mask get lost or dirty. Gaiters are not allowed. Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not to be worn to school.

What safety precautions will my child experience when coming to school?

Students entering the buildings will have their temperatures checked. Social distancing will be expected in all areas, including desks that are 6 feet apart. Movement throughout the buildings will be restricted. Frequent handwashing and hand-sanitizing will be expected. During periods when students are not present, the buildings will have a deep cleaning and there will be sanitizing throughout the day. Students may not use drinking fountains except to fill water bottles or paper cups. Students are discouraged from sharing materials or supplies. Use of the restrooms and cafeterias will be monitored and supervised to maintain social distances. When outside of the building (during recess) masks may be removed only when following procedures and maintaining social distances. When students are taking transportation, the number of riders will be limited, and assigned seats will be arranged to allow for social distancing requirements.
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