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.
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, please refer to the quarantine section of the Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for more information.
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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. Please refer to the TCHD Return to Learn Guidance for information about when your child can return to school.
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
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 negative COVID test and should remain home until you receive results and the child is symptom free. Fill out the Illness and COVID-19 Exposure form again when results are received. Please refer to CDPHE's Return to Learn guidance for more details.
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, especially showing false negatives with the Omicron variant. A positive result does require isolation even if a negative PCR is received afterward. All test types are accepted.
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. Please refer to the isolation section of the Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for more information.Your school nurse consultant may contact you.
7. What should I do if my child has been around someone outside of school who has tested positive for COVID-19? If someone who the child lives with (or has had clost contact with) has tested positive for COVID-19 or has major symptoms of COVID-19, please refer to the quarantine section of the Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for more information. Please call your school's attendance line and fill out the illness and COVID-19 Exposure form on the school's website.
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