What to do if Your Child is Sick

(Updated October 16, 2020) This document was prepared in consultation with the Columbia County Department of Health

IF YOU HAVE TO GIVE YOUR CHILD A FEVER REDUCER OR PAIN RELIEVER, THEY NEED TO STAY HOME AND BE EVALUATED!

  1. If your child is sick, answers yes to any of the 4 COVID screening questions, or is exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

Suspected fever
Cough (persistent)
Shortness of breath
Loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Stuffy or runny nose
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
Muscle aches/fatigue
Headache

  • Keep your child home 
  • Call the school to report absence and reason for absence
  • Call your child’s primary doctor or have him or her seen at urgent care for evaluation
  • To be able to return to school:
    • A doctor’s note with a diagnosis or a documented negative COVID test is  required to return to school 
    • If your child is not evaluated by a medical professional the ill child must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms – all other students in the family must also stay home for 14 days as per CDC guidelines.
    • Testing is limited but Well Now Urgent Care in Hudson can evaluate and do a COVID test – they are the only urgent care in Columbia County able to do testing at this time
    • Your child will need to stay home until the results are obtained
      • If negative, written lab proof must be sent to the school prior to student returning to school
      • If positive, the Columbia County Department of Health will be reaching out to you and your household will be put into quarantine. You will not be able to return until the CCDOH releases you.
  1. If your child is sent home sick from school:

  • The school nurse will call for you to pick up your child. 
  • All siblings will also be sent home so please be prepared to pick up all of your children. We ask that pick up occurs within 30-45 minutes.
  • Call your child’s primary doctor or have him or her seen at urgent care for evaluation
  • To be able to return to school:
    • A doctor’s note with a diagnosis or a documented negative COVID test is  required to return to school 
    • If your child is not evaluated by a medical professional the ill child must stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms – all other students in the family must also stay home for 14 days as per CDC guidelines.
    • Testing is limited but Well Now Urgent Care in Hudson can evaluate and do a COVID test – they are the only urgent care in Columbia County able to do testing at this time
    • Your child and his or siblings will need to stay home until the results are obtained.
      • If negative, written lab proof must be sent to the school prior to students returning to school
      • If positive, the Columbia County Department of Health will be reaching out to you and your household will be put into quarantine. You will not be able to return until the CCDOH releases you.

Important Notes:

If your child is required to be home, remote learning options will be available; please contact your building principal for more details and to make arrangements.

Masks with one-way valves will not be allowed in school per CDC guidelines. We also do not recommend the use of bandanas and gaiters as there is some question about their effectiveness. The school has extra masks available if you need them.

If you know that your child has seasonal allergies and takes medication for these allergies, please be sure to medicate them before school to assist with symptom control. This may save you from having to pick your child up from school.

If you have any questions, contact your school nurse.

The information provided in this document is subject to change per CDC and Department of Health Guidelines

NYSDOH COVID-19 In-Person Decision Making Flowchart for Student Attendance

NYSDOH Flowchart: My child has COVID-19 symptoms. When can they go back to school?

CCSD Return to School After Illness Form

 

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