COVID FAQs for Parents

COVID FAQs for Parents, Spanish

  1. When should I keep my child home from school? 

    You should keep your child home for any illness including cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fever of 100.4 or above, sore throat, runny nose  or congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. 
    Click here (Espanol) for guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health regarding when to keep your child home from school. 
     

  2. What should I do if my child is ill and needs to miss school?

    Call your school’s attendance line and complete the attendance form on the school’s website to provide specific information regarding your child’s illness. This form can be found on your school’s website main page.  
     

  3. What can I expect if my child does not pass the daily health screening or becomes ill during the school day? 

    If your student demonstrates any of the symptoms listed above they will be sent to a designated isolation room in the school. You will be expected to pick up your student as quickly as possible. 

    Click here for guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health regarding the protocol for if a student becomes ill during the school day.
     

  4. When can my child return to school after an illness?

    If all symptoms resolve within 24 hours, your student may return to school.

    Exception: For a fever of 100.4 or above, your child will need to be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school"

    Exception: For vomiting and diarrhea - if symptoms last less than 24 hours, your child can return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. 

    If your child had only minor symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or diarrhea and those symptoms lasted less than 48 hours, they may return to school once they have been symptom free for another 24 hours. 

    If major symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, or loss of taste or smell last beyond 24 hours, please keep your child home and follow up with your school’s nurse consultant. Symptoms lasting beyond this point will require a negative COVID test and an alternate diagnosis given by a health care provider that explains all symptoms before the student can return to school.

    If minor symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or diarrhea last longer than 48 hours, please  keep your child home and follow up with your school’s nurse consultant. Symptoms lasting beyond this point will require a negative COVID test and an alternate diagnosis given by a health care provider that explains all symptoms.

    Click here for Colorado Department of Public Health guidance on returning to school.

  5. What kind of COVID test should my child get? 

    While rapid tests can provide quicker results, we will need a negative PCR test for your child to be able to return to school. 
     

  6. What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID 19?

    If your child then has a positive COVID test, please call your school’s attendance line and fill out the attendance form on the school’s website.  Your school nurse consultant will contact you.
     

  7. If my child has a negative PCR COVID test can I send them back to school? 

    At this time, our guidelines state that a student must have a negative PCR COVID test AND an alternate diagnosis given by a health care provider that explains all symptoms. If an alternate diagnosis cannot be obtained, the student will need to remain at home in isolation for 10 days following symptom onset AND 24 hours fever-free without use of fever-reducing medication in order to  return to school.
     

  8. What if I choose not to get a COVID test for my child? 

    If your child has major symptoms lasting beyond 24 hours or minor symptoms lasting beyond 48 hours and you choose not to take your child for a COVID test, your child will need to stay at home in isolation for 10 days post symptom onset. 
     

  9. What should I do if my child has been around someone outside of school who has tested positive for COVID?

    Anyone who has been in direct contact with someone who is positive for COVID will need to quarantine for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the infected individual. Please call your school’s attendance line and fill out the attendance form on the school’s website. Direct contact is defined as being less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or more.
     

  10. What does quarantine mean?

    QUARANTINE after an exposure means keeping a safe distance from others just in case symptoms begin at any point. It also means monitoring your health for symptoms.
     

  11. What are the instructions for quarantine? 
    - Avoid public places
    - Avoid traveling by airplane, ship, long distance bus, or train
    - Avoid using public transportation or ridesharing services

    Click here (Espanol) for more information from TriCounty Health Department
     

  12. What if my child has a friend of a friend who tested positive for COVID? 

    Contacts of contacts do not need to quarantine. 

    In this situation, your child will not need to quarantine unless that person they were around begins to develop symptoms within 48 hours of the last time your  child was with them. 

    Example: My husband was around a coworker who tested positive. My husband now needs to quarantine for 14 days but my children and I do not unless my husband begins to develop symptoms. 
     

  13. How will a decision be made to quarantine a cohort?

    Littleton Public Schools is working closely with the Tri County Health Department to determine when quarantine of a cohort of students is needed. Quarantine may also be  recommended if a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID or has a probable case of COVID and was present at school during the 48 hours prior to symptom onset. 
     

  14. How will a decision be made to close a school? 

    There are several situations which might lead to closure of a school. These include: 
    - Five or more classroom/cohort outbreaks have occurred within a 14-day period
    - 5% or more unrelated students/teachers/staff have confirmed COVID-19 within a 14-day period
    - Additional time is needed to clean the school before students/teachers/staff return.
    - Additional time is needed to gather student/teachers/staff illness data and confer with public health.
    - A school cannot operate because a large number of students/teachers/staff are absent. 
     

Click here for additional guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health.

Additional resources: 
Cases and Outbreaks, CDPHE Guidance
Free COVID 19 Testing Sites