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Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening for Students

Updated 9/16/2020

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening for Students


All students should be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily. A parent or guardian will need to screen their student for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to sending them to school. If your student answers “yes” to any of the following questions, please do not attend school, a school event or board a district transportation vehicle. If a student experiences these symptoms while at school, parents or guardians will be contacted to pick the student up from campus. 

  1. Have you recently experienced any of the following in a way that is not normal for you?
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing (Not normal for the individual)
  • Shortness of breath (Not normal for the individual)
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering (Not normal for the individual)
  • Significant muscle pain or ache (Not normal for the individual)
  • Nausea or vomiting (Not normal for the individual)
  • Chills  (Not normal for the individual)
  • Diarrhea (Not normal for the individual)
  • Cough (Not normal for the individual)
  • Fatigue (Not normal for the individual)
  • Onset of severe headache (especially with fever) (Not normal for the individual)
  • Sore throat (Not normal for the individual)
  • Congestion or runny nose (Not normal for the individual)
2. Have you or anyone you have been in close contact with been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days because of
medical concerns?
3. Have you been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Student Consultation

Consultation will be done with the students’ parents or guardian to help discern whether symptoms are consistent with COVID and not normal for the student. Medical conditions that may not be COVID related will be taken into consideration. 

Close Contact

This document refers to “close contact” with an individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.

Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is

defined as:

a. being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
b. being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional factors like case/contact 

masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and 

properly masked), ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomatology may affect this determination; 

if either occurred at any time in the last 14 days at the same time the infected individual was


Individuals are presumed infectious at least two days prior to symptom onset or, in the case of

Asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, two days prior to the confirming lab test.

Individuals that answer, “yes” to any of the above questions shall quarantine and not attend school for 14 calendar days. You may also contact your school nurse for further guidance.

Students with symptoms consistent to COVID-19 will be sent home and requested to seek further medical evaluation.  The student will be required to provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis or proof of a negative PCR test in order to return to school prior to the guidelines below. If neither is provided, the student will remain in isolation until all of the following criteria are met:

  • at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and
  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

CDC - When to Quarantine

Quarantine actions and notices will take place immediately, and up to within 48 hours (in most cases) of the symptomatic student’s report. This will allow time to evaluate the potential COVID case (testing will be requested). The nurse and administration (team) will evaluate the situation to make final decisions based on the investigation. At that time students may be notified for a 14 day quarantine.