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When To Keep Your Child Home From School

During the 2020-2021 school year the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education have released several updates to their Communicable Disease Guidance for Schools. These updates provide additional precautions that schools must take while COVID-19 is present in our community.

Students and staff should not come to school if they exhibit:

  • Primary symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath) and
    • MAY RETURN per symptom-specific guidance AND
    • after COVID-19 test is negative (unless exposed)
    • OR after 10 days if not tested (unless exposed)
    • OR after 14 days if exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.
      • Following exposure to a case of COVID-19, may not return until 14 days since last exposure, regardless of test result.
  • Fever (100.4°F orally)
    • May return when fever-free (under 100.4 degrees) for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication (e.g., acetaminophen or ibuprofen—aspirin should not be given for fever due to viruses, to prevent a complication called Reye’s syndrome) AND per guidance for primary COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Cough (persistent cough that is not yet diagnosed and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider OR any acute (non-chronic) cough illness OR cough that is frequent or severe enough to interfere with active participation in usual school activities.)
    • MAY RETURN AFTER symptom-free for 24 hours (no cough or cough is well-controlled) AND per guidance for primary COVID-19 symptoms. If pertussis (“whooping cough”) is diagnosed by a licensed healthcare provider, student must be excluded from school until completion of a 5-day course of prescribed antibiotics or until cleared for return by the local public health authority.
      • In general, if your child has a cough lasting 7 days, a health care provider should be consulted. If you need access to a health care provider contact the nurse or School-Based Health Center.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath not explained by situation such as exercise: feeling unable to catch their breath, gasping for air, breathing too fast or too shallowly, breathing with extra effort such as using muscles of the stomach, chest, or neck.
    • MAY RETURN AFTER symptom-free for 24 hours AND per guidance for primary COVID-19 symptoms. •This symptom is likely to require immediate medical attention.
  • Vomiting
    • May return 48 hours after last episode of vomiting OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Diarrhea (3 watery or loose stools in one day with or without fever)
    • May return after 48 hours after diarrhea resolves OR after seen and clearedby a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Stiff neck or headache with fever
  • Any rash with or without fever
    • May return after rash is resolved OR until sores and wounds are dry or can be completed covered with a bandage OR after seen and cleared by a licensed healthcare provider.
  • Unusual behavior change, such as irritability, lethargy
  • Jaundice (yellow color of skin or eyes)
  • Skin lesions that are “weepy” (fluid or pus-filled)
  • Colored drainage from eyes
  • Brown/green drainage from nose with fever of greater than 100.5
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath; serious, sustained cough

If your student has a chronic condition that is impacting attendance, please request consultation with the nurse.

Don’t send sick kids to school

No traiga niños enfermos a la escuela

Comm Disease Exclusion Note for Doctor 2-18