Guidance for Parents of Children Attending School and/or Childcare

novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: November 2, 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. These resources have also been translated into eight languages.

Your Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms

Your child has one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms that are new, worsening or not related to other known causes: fever; cough; shortness of breath; loss of sense of smell or taste.

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Your child has one or more of these COVID-19 symptoms that are new, worsening or not related to other known causes (and none of the previously listed symptoms): chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigued; nausea or vomiting or diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; 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.