DAILY CHECKLIST - before leaving home:
- Take their temperature every morning. Check your child each morning for signs of illness.
- Complete the Health Screen/Attestation online questionnaire (email or text), before leaving home for school or the bus -- on in-person learning days.
- If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms -- temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting, body aches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell -- they should not go to school.
- If your child has had close contact to a COVID-19 case, they should not go to school. Follow guidance on what to do when someone has known exposure.
- Call your School Attendance Line to report all absences.
- Make sure your student takes the following to school:
- Computing device – to minimize shared items, students need to bring their device to and from school every day they attend
- Smart Tag Card (Coming soon…if riding the bus)
- Wear a mask (and pack an extra)
- Personal water bottle labeled with their name
- Personal hand sanitizer (optional)
PREPARE NOW - for your student’s return to school:
- Make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended vaccines, including flu. Health experts say this is especially important this year since we do not yet know if being sick with COVID-19 at the same time as the flu will result in more severe illness.
- Make sure your contact information is current at school, including emergency contacts and individuals authorized to pick up your child(ren) from school. If your child gets sick at school, they must be picked up immediately! (NOTE: If your contact list includes anyone at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, identify an alternate person.)
- Talk to your child about precautions to take at school:
- Wash and sanitize their hands more often – including when they return home.
- Keep physical distance from other students.
- Wear a mask.
- Avoid sharing objects with other students.
- Use hand sanitizer when they cannot wash their hands.
- Tell an adult if they are not feeling well.
- Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home, especially before and after eating, sneezing, coughing, and adjusting a mask or cloth face covering. Make hand washing fun and explain to your child why it’s important.
- Develop daily routines before and after school:
- Take morning temperature and complete health screening.
- Pack for school in the morning.
- Things to do when student returns home (washing hands immediately and washing masks every day).
- If your school uses a cohorting model (A/B Rotation), consider limiting your child’s in-person out-of-school interactions to children in the same cohort, or to activities where physical distancing can be maintained.
- Plan for possible school closures or periods of quarantine. If transmission is increasing in your community or if multiple children or staff test positive for COVID-19, the school building might close. Similarly, if a close contact of your child (within or outside of school) tests positive for COVID-19, your children may need to stay home for a 14-day quarantine period. Families should anticipate and prepare for the possibility of ill and/or exposed students (and potentially siblings) needing to remain home for extended periods of time based on the returning to school criteria.
- Develop a plan as a family to protect household members who are at increased risk for severe illness.
- Be familiar with local COVID-19 testing sites in the event you or your child develops symptoms. Free testing may be available at some sites.