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


    What if my child does not have a doctor?

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


    *Travel restrictions

    • Staff/students have two options for returning to work/school
      • Option 1
        • Submit proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours before arrival.
        • Must follow strict social distancing** for 5 days after arrival. (NEW)
        • A second test between 5-14 days after arrival is recommended but not required. (NEW)
      • Option 2
        • Arrive in Alaska without a test and receive a test at the airport at no cost.
        • Self-quarantine until a negative test returns.
        • All travelers with negative results from the arrival test must follow strict social distancing** for 5 days after their arrival in Alaska.
        • A second test between 5-14 days after arrival is recommended but not required.
    • A resident may still decline a test; however, they must quarantine for the 14 days after arrival.
    • An Alaska resident may travel outside of the state for less than 72 hours with the following requirements.
      • No test or quarantine is required
      • Residents will self-monitor for 14 days after arrival for any symptoms, even mild ones.

    **No school/work during strict social distancing. At the end of the 5 days, the person can come back to work/school without a test.**