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STUDENT/STAFF ILLNESS

Symptoms

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have a wide range of symptoms from mild symptoms to severe illness. Thus, any student/staff members exhibiting the following symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home from school or will be sent home sick from school until symptoms resolve and should see their primary care provider to be assessed for COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills/rigors
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue or headache
  • Muscle or body aches/malaise
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • GI issues such as: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Staff & students presenting illness symptoms while at school must immediately report to the nurse’s clinic.

  • Student/staff members exhibiting symptoms suspicious of COVID-19 will be sent home from school, referred to the appropriate health care provider and the local health department will be notified of a suspected case of COVID-19 accordingly.

Any student/staff member with a fever of 100.4°F or higher must stay home.

Students/faculty must meet the following criteria before they can return to school:

  • If they only have a fever and no other symptoms and have not had any contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, the student/faculty may return to school after they are fever-free for 24-hrs. without using any fever-reducing medications.
  • Any other illnesses should be handled in the routine manner adopted by current school district policies.
  • To return to school, the student must be transported to school by the parent and must be checked by the school staff first.

Any student/staff member with an epidemiological link to a case of COVID-19 must stay home and consult with the Clinton County Health Department and/or their health care provider and follow recommendations accordingly.