Before Coming to School: Daily Health Screening
Staying home when sick is an important way that we protect each other from the spread of COVID-19.
Answer these questions for yourself or your child everyday before coming to school:
Has your child had any symptoms listed below that are new or different from usual?
- Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or chills
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell that started in the last 10 days (Children may say that food “tastes bad” or “tastes funny”)
- Feeling out of breath or having a hard time breathing
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Muscle aches or body aches
If your child has any of the symptoms above:
- Contact your child’s doctor, and have your child tested for COVID-19.
- Keep your child at home until you get their test results.
- Contact your child's school.
If you are not fully vaccinated, in the past 10-14 days, have you had “close contact” with anyone who has COVID-19 during their contagious period?
- If your child was fully vaccinated for COVID-19, they can keep going to school. Consider having them tested for 3-5 days after their close contact.
- If your child was not fully vaccinated for COVID-19, they must stay home. Follow the quarantine instructions.
Have you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days?
- If you or your child(ren) answered yes, please stay at home.
- If you or your child(ren) answered no, you can keep going to school.
Get more information on what to do for COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and positive tests.
This content is adapted from August 11, 2021 Department of Public Health "Parent Handout for Children: COVID-19 Screening and Return to Program."