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 precautions to keep students healthy and are depending on parents to know when students should stay home from school.
When to stay home and call your student'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 taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting, 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 student 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
- Your child will not be able to return to school until they have tested and/or have a period of isolation at home as outlined below for a confirmed COVID-19 case.
- 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 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