When to Keep a Sick Child Home from School

    • COVID-19 Symptoms*:
      • Fever (see below on the CDC's definition of a fever)
      • Chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

    OTHER ILLNESS INDICATORS ON WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL:

    • Fever: CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish. In certain situations, other methods of detecting a possible fever should be considered:
      • self-reported history of feeling feverish when a thermometer is not available or the ill person has taken medication that would lower the measured temperature.
      • the person feels warm to the touch.
      • the appearance of a flushed face, glassy eyes, or chills if it is not feasible to touch the person or if the person does not report feeling feverish.
    • Vomiting during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
    • Diarrhea during the night or more than twice in the past 24 hours
    • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • Bacterial Conjunctivitis, or Pink Eye (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • Ear Infection (must have taken an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
    • A bothersome body rash, especially with fever and/or itching that spreads quickly and has open, weeping wounds
    • If a student isn’t vaccinated and there is concern that they may have possibly been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please keep the child home and contact the student’s school for guidance.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: 

    If your student has a pre-existing condition that mimics COVID-19 symptoms, such as headaches, please ask their doctor to provide a note that the symptom is part of a pre-existing condition and that is not attributable to COVID and submit it to your child's school nurse. In this case, you would use your normal treatment plan and the student could come to school. In addition, if you ever wanted to double-check, you could have your child tested for COVID-19 at the BISD testing site
     

    What happens if my child is asked to quarantine?

    What happens if my child is asked to quarantine?

    If a student is asked to quarantine the student must stay at home for 14 days after their last contact with the COVID-19 positive case. Monitor the student’s symptoms during this time and if any COVID19 symptoms develop during the 14 days, they are encouraged to get tested. If they test positive for COVID-19 they must isolate and their 10-day isolation period begins based on the date of symptom onset or date of the COVID-positive test. 

    A negative test may shorten the time for quarantine. BISD POCs will help walk you through the details.

    Possible exemptions from quarantine include:

    • If you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual and are fully vaccinated (for at least 2 weeks) and have no symptoms, you do not need to quarantine - but should be tested between days 3-5 following the close contact. Individuals in this situation should monitor their symptoms closely. 
    • If you have recovered from COVID 19 in the past three months and do not have symptoms, you do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.

    NOTE: Staff will support quarantined students similar to how they support any student who is away from school due to an excused absence. In addition, if the student is in grades K-4, school staff will work with the family to provide a loaner at-home device for use during the quarantine (if the student is up for school work). Students in grades 5-12 are supplied with take-home devices. 

     
    Updated September 2021