Screening Your Student Before Leaving For School is an Act of Love
- Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or feels feverish
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Close Contact/Potential Exposure
In the past 14 days has your child:
- Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) with a person confirmed COVID-19; OR
- Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) with a person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19; OR
- Had international travel or have been on a cruise
If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, keep your child(ren) home from school.
If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to any close contact/potential exposure question or live in an area with high levels of COVID-19 in the community, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. If you don’t have one or cannot be seen got to www.mi.gov/coronavirustest or call 2-1-1 to find a location to have your child(ren) tested for COVID-19.
If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure questions, your student may return based on the guidance of their symptoms (see “Managing Communicable Diseases in Schools”):
- Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotics have been taken)
- Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement
- Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours
- Severe headache: improvement
DISCLAIMER: This screening tool is subject to change based on the latest information on COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations