COVID-19 FAQ for Parents

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new coronavirus. It spreads from person to person through droplets created when we cough, sneeze, talk, sing or laugh. Most people - especially young people - who get COVID19 have mild illness, similar to having a cold or the flu. However, in others it can cause severe illness, such as pneumonia. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4°F or higher)
  •  Cough
  •  Trouble breathing
  •  Chills
  •  Muscle/body aches
  •  Loss of sense of taste or smell
  •  Runny nose or nasal congestion
  •  Fatigue
  •  Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Visit the CDC website for comprehensive information about COVID-19

What symptoms will require my child to be sent home? 

  • If your child has been in close contact with a COVID positive or COVID diagnosed person in the last 14 days
  • Your child has been diagnosed with COVID in the past 10 days
  • Your child has any ONE of the following symptoms in 24 hours:
    Cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell
  • Your child has TWO of any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours:
    Sore throat, unusual fatigue, nausea (sick to stomach) or vomiting, headache, muscle or body aches, fever (100.4 or higher) or chills, diarrhea, runny nose or congestion

COVID daily home screening tool for parents

What do I do if I think my child may have COVID?

How long will my child have to stay home?

  • Your child must remain home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms.
  • OR an alternate diagnosis from a health care provider (strep throat, etc.) AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms. This would allow your child to return before 10 days if the above criteria is met.
  • OR if the child has been determined NOT to be a close contact, a negative COVID test will be accepted

Returning to school after COVID

How will I know if my child is a close contact?
Close contacts of someone with COVID

Prevent Further Spread

  • The following guidelines will help to prevent further spread of illness:
  • Notify your school nurse if your child is diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Notify your school nurse if you or your child had contact with someone who you know was diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Keep students home from school if they are sick.
  • Encourage good habits: frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, use of face coverings in public, and staying home as much as possible.
  • If you are quarantined or isolated, STAY HOME. You CANNOT test out of a quarantine with a negative COVID test. You must serve your quarantine period.

COVID Infographic 12-2020