Respiratory Viruses

Updated Guidelines for Respiratory Illnesses

Including those with COVID-19 Symptoms 


Regardless of vaccination or previous infection status, symptomatic individuals should consider getting tested for other respiratory illnesses that could be spread to others, such as COVID, flu, or RSV. 

  1. Individuals can return to school if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving.
  2. Contact your school nurse concerning Positive FLU or COVID-19 illness and leave a detailed message on the absence line.        

Students with a temperature equal to or greater than 100.4, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home according to standard school policy. Students with a fever need to stay home for 24 hours after the last temperature of 100.4 or above, without fever-reducing medications. 

Common symptoms of COVID include (1) one of the following symptoms: new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new disorder of smell or taste; or (2) two of the following symptoms: fever (Temperature equal to or greater than 100.4 F), chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose. If your student has the above symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 

When returning to school, please take added precautions and be mindful of others.