Too Sick for School?
(COVID Update 8/2020)
If your child has any of the following symptoms, your child is considered to be symptomatic and meets the CDC’s definition of a probable case. As a result, you must keep them home and we strongly recommend contacting your child’s healthcare provider to discuss his/her symptoms.
ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: OR TWO OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
Fever 100 degrees or higher Sore Throat
Shortness of Breath Diarrhea
Changes in sense of smell Chills/Rigors
Changes in sense of taste Congestion/Runny Nose
Difficulty Breathing Fatigue
The guidance issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) on August 13, 2020 indicates that your child should stay home from school for at least 10 days from symptom onset and at least 1 day (24 hours) after fever resolution with no medication.
If after consulting with your child’s healthcare provider it is determined that your child’s symptom(s) are due to an alternate cause or illness your child may return to school after being fever free for 1 day (24 hours) with no meds (if fever present) provided a doctor’s note is submitted. Similarly, if your child tests negative for COVID-19 s/he may return to school after being fever free for 1 day (24 hours) with no meds (if fever present) and improved respiratory symptoms provided a lab report or note from a health care provider is submitted prior to your child’s return to school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your school nurse.