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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
having COVID-19.

  • 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).


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