Return to School Criteria

When can my child return to school after they have symptoms of covid-19?

If your child is out sick with symptoms (see checklist above), your child will need to meet one of the following criteria before returning to in-person learning:

  1. Test negative for COVID-19, have an improvement in symptoms, and have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Please provide documentation to the school nurse.
  2. Receive an assessment from a primary care provider and provide documentation of an alternative diagnosis (i.e. influenza or strep throat).  
  3. If a student or staff member presents COVID-19-like symptoms and chooses not to be tested, they may return to school 10 days from the start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and
    they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school, without the use of fever-reducing medication.

When can my child return to school if they are positive for covid-19?

If a staff or student tests positive for Covid-19, they will need to stay in self-isolation for at least ten days. People who test positive can resume public activities after ten days and once they are: Fever free for 24 hours (without taking fever-reducing medications like Tylenol/Motrin),  experienced improvement in other symptoms, and received clearance from a public health authority (contact tracers, the local board of health or Community Tracing Collaborative).

When can my child return to school if they are a close contact of someone who tested positive for covid-19?

If a student of staff is determined to be a close contact of a person who has tested positive for Covid 19, they should be tested but must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive. While the initial guidance to quarantine for 14 days after exposure still stands, additional guidance released on November 18th, 2020 will allow those who have been exposed to COVID to test out of quarantine after 10 days if they meet ALL of the following parameters:

  • They have not had, and do not have, any symptoms of COVID;
  • If they are tested on day 8 of their quarantine period or later using a molecular diagnostic test, a PCR test, and receive a negative test result; and
  • They must monitor themselves for symptoms for the full 14 days. Any individual that develops symptoms should contact their local health care provider and be re-tested

Web page Information and Guidance for Persons in Quarantine due to COVID-19

Document download – https://www.mass.gov/media/2208931/download
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