Covid-19 and School
The Anchorage School District is working with local pediatricians to create a plan for students and their families. Schools are taking precaustions to keep students healthy and are depending on parents to know when kids should stay home from school.
When to stay home and call your child's doctor's office
- Fever greater than 100.4*F, chills, or a presumed fever (your child feels very warm)
- New cough
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of tast or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomitint, diarrhea
- Skin Lesions / Rash
- 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
When to seek urgent medical care:
- Difficulty breathing
- Not eating or drinking
- Difficulty waking or staying awake
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 telehealth visit, in-person visit, or COVID-19 testing
- 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 COVID-19 test prior to returning to school
- Continue to have your child wear a cloth face covering, wash their hands oftern, and maintain social distancing.
When can my child go back to school if they have confirmed COVID-19?
- If they had symptoms of illness (cough, congestion, diarrhea) and 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 positive COVID-19 test
- 10 days have passed since test