Article: Tips for a safe return to school - Vigilantly Assess for Symptons

Tips for a safe return to school - Vigilantly Assess for Symptons

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2020

District Families,


It will take all of us working together in order to protect ourselves and others and allow for a safe return to school.The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. If your child is not feeling well or has a fever, do NOT send them to school. Please talk with you child(ren) about the following things so that we can all help to slow the spread. 


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Vigilantly Assess for symptoms.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.

All parents/guardians are required to ensure that your child(ren) conduct a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 BEFORE coming to school. Students will be asked to report the following information at school. This will be done in an age appropriate manner. 


If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others. We need families to take this daily check seriously as this is another layer of prevention. If your child is not feeling well or has a fever, do NOT send them to school. 

Please check your child for these symptoms:

Any student or staff with one or more of the following symptoms in section 1 should stay home:  

Section 1

  • Temperature 100.4° Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth 

  • Sore throat  

  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)  

  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain  

  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Section 2


If the student/parent/caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 but NO to any questions in Section 2, the student would be excused from school in accordance with existing school illness management policy (e.g., until symptom-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications).


If the student or parent or caregiver answers YES to any question in Section 1 and YES to any question in Section 2, the student should be referred for evaluation by their healthcare provider and possible testing.

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