When to Keep Your Child Home from School

  • The Anchorage School District is working with local pediatricians, Alaska’s DEED and DHSS staff to create a plan for students and their families for when to stay home from school during COVID-19. Schools are taking precautions to keep students healthy and are depending on parents to know when kids should stay home from school.


    Stay home if one or more symptoms develop and call your child’s doctor’s office: 

    • Fever 100.4°F or higher, or chills, or a presumed fever (your child feels very warm)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Cough
    • Diarrhea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches, joint pain
    • New rash
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • New congestion or runny nose
    • Exposure to someone with the above symptoms or someone with known COVID-19
    • If your child has traveled outside the state of Alaska, they will need to follow the state guidelines on testing/quarantine before returning to school (see below for details)* 


    When to seek urgent medical care: 

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Difficulty waking or staying awake
    • Bluish lips or face


     My child has been sent home from school due to concern for potential COVID-19 symptoms, now what? 

    • Call your child’s doctor’s office and speak with their team about a telehealth visit, in-person visit, or COVID-19 testing as soon as possible.
    • Your child will not be able to return to school until they have testing and/or have a period of isolation at home as outlined below for a confirmed COVID-19 case. 
      • You may be required to provide a clearance note from their doctor’s office or proof of a negative molecular COVID-19 test prior to returning to school.
    • Continue to have your child wear a cloth face covering, wash their hands often, and maintain social distancing. 


    When can my child go back to school if they have a confirmed COVID-19? 

    • If they had one or more symptoms of illness and/or a positive COVID-19 test:
      • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
      • 24 hours with no fever (without the use of Tylenol/acetaminophen or Motrin/ibuprofen) AND
      • Symptoms have improved.
    • If they had no symptoms of illness and a positive COVID-19 test:
      • Child must isolate 10 days following the test


    Students with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, or who are close contacts must follow the Isolation and Quarantine guidance.


    Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, including people in their home. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.


    What if my child does not have a doctor?

    • Contact your school nurse or Healthcare Services at 742-4136. 


    *Travel Guidance Link