Guidance for Parents of Children Attending School and/or Childcare

novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: October 20, 2020

Children can continue to go to school/childcare if they are well and do not show signs or symptoms of illness, unless they are notified by AHS that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If your child/children are sick, they must stay home.

Use the links below to find specific information about what to do if your child feels unwell and/or has been notified by AHS as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Your Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms

Your child has one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough), shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening), runny nose, sore throat

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Your child has one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms (and none of the previous symptoms): chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint ache, feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste, conjunctivitis (pink eye)

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Note: Chronic symptoms that can be explained by a pre-existing medical condition (e.g. allergies) would be considered part of the child’s baseline health status. As long as these symptoms do not change, the child can continue to attend school/childcare. A child should have one negative COVID-19 test to establish this baseline.

Your Child Does Not Have COVID-19 Symptoms

Your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms and has been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19

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Your child does not have COVID-19 symptoms. The child can continue to go to school/childcare. If the child is notified that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if the child is experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed above check this page for information about what to do.