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IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR SCHOOLS
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COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart

COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart
COVID-19 School Symptom Screening Flowchart

COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart

Flowchart showing child care staff what to do if a child in their care has symptoms of infectious illness. For a child with symptoms of infectious illness:

  • Has the child had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID-19?
    • If yes, the child HAS had close contact with a person who has COVID-19: What are the results of COVID-19 testing?
      • Negative or No Test Result: Stay home and quarantine* for the recommended period of time after last contact with a person who has COVID-19
      • Positive Test Result: Stay home (isolate) for at least 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms have improved AND 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
    • If no, the child HAS NOT had close contact with a person who has COVID-19: Does the child attend a child care program in community with ongoing transmission?
      • If No: Stay home until symptoms have improved according to existing child care program policy, typically 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
      • If Yes: what are the results of COVID-19 testing?
        • Negative Test Result: Stay home until symptoms have improved according to existing child care program policy, typically 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
        • Positive or No Test Result: Stay home (isolate) for at least 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms have improved AND 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
  • Note: If a person has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, they should quarantine even if they do not have symptoms. Access When to Quarantine for more information.