Student Symptom Screening

Parents are asked to screen students for potential symptoms of illness before sending them to school each day. 

Screening Your Child Prior to School Each Day

Screen your child for the following symptoms daily before they leave for school. Follow the directions below if your child displays symptoms.

Symptoms:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (chills/sweating)
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

Close Contact/Potential Exposure: In the past 14 days, has your child:

  • Had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed/probable case of COVID-19 (A probable case is defined as a symptomatic person with pending COVID-19 lab results.)

If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, keep your child(ren) home from school.

If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to the close contact/potential exposure question, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. If you don’t have one or cannot be seen, go to www.mi.gov/coronavirustest or call 2-1-1 to find a location to have your child(ren) tested for COVID-19. Based on Board policies and written guidance from local, state and federal health officials, in order for your child to return to school after experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and having had contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 a parent/guardian must:

  • Provide a doctor’s note releasing the student to attend school; or
  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test result; or
  • Keep the student home for ten (10) days from the first day they had symptoms.  Students must also be fever free for 24 hours and/or their symptoms have improved after the ten (10) day exclusion period before they can return. 

If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure

questions, your student may return based on the guidance for their symptoms (see “Managing Communicable Diseases in Schools”):

  • Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotic have been taken)
  • Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours
  • Severe headache: improvement