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What to do if your child is not feeling well

Keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Notify your School Nurse as soon as possible. You must be in contact with your School Nurse when your child is out sick and prior to returning to school. If one child is home sick and other household members are not sick, they need not stay home unless they develop symptoms or you are instructed by the DPH, School Nurse or your child’s physician to keep them home.

All required documentation must be submitted to the School Nurse prior to your child returning to school.  

My child had one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Body aches and/or chills             
  • Significant fatigue (tired, exhausted)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose 
  • Painful breathing, frequent, harsh cough
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea (not related to a chronic condition), nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained/undiagnosed rash
  • Fever of 100.0 or higher
  • Shortness of breath (student with chronic allergy/asthmatic cough, a change from child’s baseline) 


If your child has any of the symptoms above, please keep your child home and contact your physician and School Nurse as soon as possible.  Your school nurse will discuss how long your child needs to stay home.

You can choose one of these actions to take for returning to school if the above symptoms are present:

  1. Keep the child out of school for at least 10 days after symptoms of COVID began. Call your physician and discuss if testing is recommended. If your child gets tested and the test is positive, please notify the nurse. Your child must stay home at least 10 days, monitor symptoms, and contact tracing will begin. Symptoms must improve prior to returning to school. Your child must be fever-free for 48 hours without fever-reducing medications and other symptoms must be resolving. Or...
  2. Get your child tested for COVID. The acceptable type of testing to return to school prior to the 10 day self-isolation is a negative PCR-viral test or a NAAT-viral test (NOT a Rapid Test). If you get a negative COVID test, your child must be out for 48 hours and symptoms resolving. Your school nurse can provide locations where the correct viral tests are being performed. Please call your school nurse prior to going to get tested. You must provide the results to the school nurse prior to sending your child back to school. Or...
  3. Get a doctor’s note for an excluded/sick child to return to school for any non-COVID illness, such as a bacterial infection or other illness with a medical diagnosis (not just symptoms) from your child’s physician. The medical diagnosis is required per Addendum #5. You must provide the note to the school nurse prior to sending your child back to school. 

My child has been in contact with a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infected person in the last 14 days. 

Your child must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days since the last contact with the infected person. It is important to call your school nurse to discuss the length of time of quarantine and to begin the contact tracing process. The local DPH will be contacting you for further information.

My child traveled or lived in an area with travel restrictions as on the CT Travel Ban Website

Your child must quarantine for 14 days after the last day present in the Affected State or Country. Alternatively, you may opt for testing. See the CT Travel Ban Website for instructions and specifics.

Rev. 9/29/2020 ds