My Child is Showing Signs of COVID-19 at School: What Do I Do?
Quick Guide for Parents and Guardians
If your child is sick or shows signs of illness, do not send them to school.
1. Pick Up Your Child
- If possible, pick up your child alone.
- If possible, wait in the car for your child.
- Everyone in the car should wear a mask except for children under 2 years old.
- Open the car windows for ventilation.
- If possible, wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting your car, as that allows more time for the amount of virus in the air of your car to die off.
- If unable to pick up your child, work with your school to identify the best way to safely transport your child.
- Arrange to pick up any of your child’s medical supplies (if applicable).
2. Keep your child at home and monitor their symptoms
- Call your child’s healthcare provider to discuss whether your child needs to be evaluated and to determine options for getting tested for COVID-19.
- If possible, have the sick child (and anyone else who has symptoms) keep away from others and use a separate bathroom for 10 days. When not able to keep away from others, a mask should be worn by all members of the household.
- After being in contact with someone with COVID-19, it can take up to 14 days to know if you are sick.
- All members of the household should stay home and avoid contact with others outside of your home.
- An exception would be going to your doctor if advised.
- Encourage everyone in the household to wash their hands often and avoid sharing personal household items with others (e.g., dishes, cups, towels, bedding).
- Use an effective household disinfectant to clean “high-touch” surfaces and everyday items such as door handles, countertops, and faucets.
3. If your child tests positive for or is suspected of
- If your child tests positive for COVID-19, notify the school.
- Your child can return to in-person school only after:
- It has been at least 10 days since symptoms started and
- Overall symptoms have improved and
- Your child has had no fever for at least 24 hours (without fever reducing medication).