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When Should I Keep My Child Home?

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

If staff or students have any of these symptoms, they must get a test for active COVID-19 infection prior to returning to school. If not tested, they may return to school 10 days after the start of symptoms, so long as symptoms have resolved and no fever for 24 hours

CDC Guidelines: When to Keep your Child Home From School