• COVID-19 Decision Tree for Schools

     

    COVID-19 Decision Tree for Schools (Tier 1/Stay Home Order)

     

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    When can my child return to school if they are ill or sent home ill?

    COVID-related symptoms include:

    • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills

    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Not being able to taste or smell, or saying that things taste or smell different (within the last 10 days)

    • Headache

    • Diarrhea

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • New onset of stuffy or runny nose (different from pre-existing allergies)

    • Body aches (muscle aches or “bones hurting”)

    • Unusually tired, lethargic, or “low-energy"

     

    “TEST OR 10”

    Please contact your healthcare provider for guidance and choose one of the following pathways before returning your child/children to school:

    1. Have your child/children tested for COVID-19.

    1. If their test is negative, provide your school office with documentation, and return to school if their symptoms have improved and your child is fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

    2. If their test is positive, let your school office know as soon as possible. Your child may return to school 10 full days after today if their symptoms are improving and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication

    1. Visit your child’s healthcare provider. Follow the guidance provided. If your child is diagnosed with a non-COVID-19 illness, your child may return to school with written clearance from your healthcare provider if their symptoms are improving and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. Contact your child’s provider if you believe these symptoms are usual for your child due to a chronic condition. As always, contact your provider if you are concerned about your child’s symptoms (eg, any difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc).

    1. Isolate your child at home for 10 full days, and return to school on the 11th day if symptoms have improved and your child is fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Contact your child’s provider if you believe these symptoms are usual for your child due to a chronic condition. As always, contact your provider if you are concerned about your child’s symptoms (eg, any difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc).

    1. Please see COVID handbook, or contact public health for guidance as to when your child’s sibling may return to school.

     

    What type of COVID-19 test is needed to return to school?

    You should work with your healthcare provider if you have specific questions about the various types of COVID-19 tests that are available.  The Marin Department of Health and Human Services has stated that schools may accept negative results from a molecular test, such as an RT-PCR test, in order to return to school.  Rapid tests are acceptable as long as they are molecular and not antigen tests.