If your student was absent from school due to an illness with symptoms* that are associated with COVID-19, or if your student was sent home from school with symptoms that are associated with COVID-19, per the Department of Health, in order to return to school , you must have:
A note from a medical provider or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test), or it has been 10 days from the onset of symptoms.
Per the Department of Health: Antigen tests, antibody tests and at-home tests are not accepted for return to school following illness. Only a PCR or NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test) are accepted to return to school after illness.
A negative FDA-approved NAAT COVID-19 test result can be provided to the school either by a parent/guardian with or without a doctor's note. A doctor's note is NOT required if the child has a negative COVID-19 NAAT test, has been fever-free without medication for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving.
*Per the Health Department, symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 include fever (100.0 F degrees or greater), chills, rigors, muscle aches, headache, back pain, fatigue, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, loss of smell, loss of taste, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest pain, cough, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, altered mental status/confusion, and seizures.