Update on Cold, Flu and Coronavirus

Summary

To prevent widespread illness in your child’s school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms.

Audience

Families

Announcement Description

Last updated Feb. 5, 2020

To prevent widespread illness in your child’s school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. 

You may have heard of the “coronavirus outbreak” in Asia and that there have been some cases in the U.S. 

SFUSD officials work closely with the Department of Public Health and we are monitoring the situation and will provide updates as needed. 

The coronavirus is in the family of viruses that cause the common cold, so symptoms and prevention measures are similar. To decide whether or not to send your child to school and whether or not to seek medical help, please consider the following:

Consider keeping your child at home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat
  • Headache
  • Stomachache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms, or is under self-quarantine due to recent travel from China:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees (your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been below 100 degrees for 24 hours without medication)
  • Vomiting (even once) or diarrhea
  • General feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches, chills
  • Frequent wet or croupy cough

When to contact your healthcare provider: If your child continues to have symptoms beyond 10 days, has severe or unusual symptoms, or is in a high risk category (history of asthma or other respiratory condition, diabetes, heart disease, or being immunocompromised younger than 5 years of age), seek medical advice. 

  • If someone has fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and has recently traveled from China or had been in close contact with someone who is under investigation for or confirmed to be infected with Coronavirus, stay home, wear a mask and call your healthcare provider. 

To help prevent cold, flu, and coronavirus:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, using a  tissue, sleeve or facemask
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Get a flu shot (recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older)

If your child has cold and flu symptoms, please observe your child at home before deciding whether or not to send them to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities upon return to school.  Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of such viral infections in the classroom. Thank you for helping prevent the spread of illness at school!

Update for Students and Families Related to Coronavirus

​​​Due to the federal public health emergency issued February 2, 2020, SFUSD has updated our guidelines for SFUSD families:

Students who returned from travel to China within the last 14 days and arrived in the US before 2 pm, February 2, 2020:

  • Students who have been symptom-free for 24 hours or have medical clearance can return to school.
  • If, during the 14 days of return from travel to China, the student develops symptoms such as cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, the student should stay home and contact their health care provider. The student can return to school AFTER they have been symptom-free for 24 hours or have medical clearance.

Students who returned from travel to China after 2 pm on February 2, 2020:

  • Students are required to comply with the 14-day self-quarantine. Students cannot return to school prior to the end of the 14-day self-quarantine, even if a student does not have symptoms. If a student has symptoms such as cough, fever, or difficulty breathing within the 14 days, students should contact their health care provider and should not return to school until after the 14-day quarantine and they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, or they have medical clearance.