COVID-19 Guidelines and Information for Families

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 9:19am

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Daily Guidelines for Parents to Monitor Students for Symptoms Prior to School 

To ensure that students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction, parents /guardians are to perform a symptom check every day before the student leaves home. A student having any of the following symptoms should not be sent to school and may continue to access their classrooms virtually if they are well enough to do so.

Students may not attend in-person instruction if the have one of the following:

  • New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;
  • New loss of taste or smell; OR

OR if they have two of the following:

  • Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Additionally, students who have been in close contact (within <6 feet for a cumulative of >15 minutes over the past 24 hours with or without a mask) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 (exhibiting COVID-19 like illness and has not tested negative after exhibiting symptoms) should not enter any HCPSS building.

Parents / guardians will assess their children for symptoms of COVID-19 illness and refrain from sending / transporting them to school until after they have been symptom-free at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms, have no fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and have continued improvement of symptoms and /or medical consult with their primary care physician.


If a student tests positive for Covid, please contact our school nurse: Karen Torpey at

If a student has been in close contact with someone who tested positive, the student must stay home. Contact our school nurse at

What to do if a student or someone in close contact tests positive for Covid - click HERE

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.

  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms.


What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you


Steps to take

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19


School Response to a Case of COVID-19

What contact tracing and quarantine procedures will be implemented if a student or staff member is a close contact or infected with COVID-19?