COVID FAQs for Parents

COVID FAQs for Parents, Español

1.  When should I keep my child home from school?  You should keep your child home for any illness including cough, sore throat, runny nose or congestion, headache, nausea, muscle, body aches, chills, vomiting or diarrhea,shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 or above, or a new loss of taste or smell. A student/staff should not be kept home for usual symptoms they experience due to a chronic condition unless they are worse than usual. Please call the school and let the Health Assistant know if this is the case.

You should keep your child home if someone who the child lives with (or has had close contact with) has tested positive for COVID-19 or has major symptoms of COVID-19.

 

2.  What should I do if my child is ill and needs to miss school?  Call your school’s attendance line and complete the Illness and COVID-19 Exposure form. The link is located on your school's website main page.   

                

3.  What can I expect if my child 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. Addressing Symptoms at School
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 your students' symptoms all resolve within 48 hours, they may return to school. If your child had a fever of 100.4 or above, they will need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. Your student will need to remain home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea. If symptoms do not resolve within 48 hours, your child will need a PCR COVID-19 test and should remain home until you receive results. Fill out the Illness and COVID-19 Exposure form when results are received. Please refer to CDPHE's Return to Learn guidance:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

5.  What kind of Covid test should my child get?  ​​A COVID-19 molecular amplification test (such as PCR, rapid molecular/NAAT, etc.) is the most reliable test. Antigen tests are less reliable and can only be used to shorten the quarantine period.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

6.  What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?  If your child has a positive COVID-19 test, please call your school’s attendance line and fill out the Illness and COVID-19 Exposure form on the school's website. Your school nurse consultant may contact you. Your student will need to be in home isolation for 10 days following symptom onset AND 24 hours fever free without use of fever reducing medications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

7.  What should I do if my child has been around someone outside of school who has tested positive for COVID-19?  Contact your Local Public Health Agency (Tri-County Health Department 303-220-9200) . Anyone who has been in direct household contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 should be quarantined per the local health departments direction. Please call your school's attendance line and fill out the Illness and COVID-19 Exposure form on the school's website. 

If your child is fully vaccinated, they do not need to quarantine but should be monitored for symptoms for 14 days. If they develop symptoms, please keep your child at home and have them tested for COVID-19. Also, if your child had a positive COVID-19 test within 90 days of exposure, they would not need to quarantine.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

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