What to do if a Student Becomes Sick at School or Reports a New COVID-19 Diagnosis Flowchart
- Student(s) displays signs of infectious illness consistent with COVID-19.
- Teacher or staff excuses student(s) from classroom, cohort/pod or area within the school and notifies COVID-19 designated POC.
- COVID-19 POC takes student(s) to designated isolation room/area until transportation can be arranged to send student(s) home or to seek emergency medical attention.
Note: If multiple ill students must be placed in the same isolation room/area, ensure mask use and that they maintain at least 6 feet of distance between them.
- COVID-19 POC notify parent(s), guardians, or caregiver(s) of ill student(s).
- Parent(s), guardians, or caregiver(s) pick up student(s). The student(s) should consult with their healthcare provider for evaluation and determination if testing is recommended.
Student negative COVID-19 test result.**
- Student(s) return to school following existing school illness management policies.
Student positive COVID-19 test result.
- A student(s) is newly identified as having COVID-19.
- COVID-19 POC initiates list of close contacts*** of the ill student and communicates the possible exposure to teacher(s), staff, and parent(s), guardian(s) or caregiver(s) of student(s) in the school.
- Exposed area(s) (e.g., classroom) closed off for up to 24 hours. Cleaning and disinfection of area performed by appropriate staff.
- Administrators work with local health officials to assess transmission levels and support contact tracing efforts.
- Close contacts*** are notified, advised to stay home (quarantine for 14 days), and to consult with their healthcare provider for evaluation and determination if testing is recommended.
- Administrators or COVID-19 POC communicate with teacher(s), staff, and parent(s), guardian(s) or caregiver(s) the importance of COVID-19 mitigation strategies (e.g., staying home when sick, washing hands, wearing masks, social distancing).
- Members of the student(s)’ household are requested to quarantine for 14 days.
- Student(s) returns to school after meeting criteria for ending home isolation.****
Additional flowcharts are being created to cover more topics (such as cohorting, quarantine, isolation, and testing among cohorts) and actions based on the number of cases in a school.
Note: COVID-19 POC is the designated point of contact (a staff person that is responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns, such a nurse)
* Scenario based on geographic area with community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19.
** With no known close contact
*** Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.
**** Student can end home isolation after meeting all of the following three criteria: at least 10 days since symptoms appeared, at least 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.