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How to Screen Your Child for COVID-19 Symptoms

  • As parents and caregivers, we’re always mindful of how our children are feeling before they go to school. But this year we’ll have to pay more attention than ever to do our part to minimize the spread of germs.

    Symptoms Checklist

    Follow this checklist at home each day to screen your child for symptoms before leaving for school:

    • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

    • Cough (not due to other known cause such as chronic cough)

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

    • Muscle aches or body aches

    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

    • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

    • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

    All symptomatic individuals, even those with mild symptoms, should be tested. If an individual does not wish to be tested, they should isolate for 14 days and until asymptomatic.

     Your child should not return to school if:

    • They are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

    • They are taking medication to reduce fever.

    • They have a known exposure (close contact) with an infected person.

    Exposure or close contact includes living in the same household, being within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or longer, or being in direct contact (e.g., sharing utensils, kissing, coughing and sneezing in close proximity to others, etc.).

    Going back to school safely

    • Give yourself plenty of time to get through the screening checklist before you leave, so no one feels rushed.

    • Use the same thermometer on the same spot each day for consistency. Any type of thermometer will do, but if you take their temperature orally (by mouth), make sure they don’t eat or drink anything 15 minutes prior.

    • Introduce your child to masking as early as possible and practice at home.

    • Remind your child to wash their hands frequently and make it a daily routine.

    Information compiled from: http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/2020-0717protocols/2020-0717protocols-document.docx

    Please refer to http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html for updated information