COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols: Symptoms and Positive Cases

  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    All stakeholders play a role in the health and safety protocols for the campus. Students, staff and visitors should self-screen before going to a district facility by checking their temperature and determining if they have any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

    • Fever (100.4˚F or higher)
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Chills
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

    Students with symptoms of COVID-19, including students who are awaiting test results or are not tested, should stay home and not report to school. This includes students who are not fully vaccinated and fully vaccinated students. Contact your child’s campus to notify them of your child’s absence.

    Students with any symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:

    1. The student receives a negative PCR COVID-19 test and has no symptoms; or
    2. Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms, the student has had no fever for 24 hours and the student’s other symptoms are improving; or
    3. The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor, an osteopathic physician, or an advanced practice registered nurse.

    COVID-19 testing is available throughout Alachua County for anyone experiencing symptoms. For testing locations in your area, visit the Florida Department of Health’s list of COVID-19 Testing Sites. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 please notify your school so that the school can conduct any necessary contact tracing.

    For additional assistance, reach out to the Alachua County Health Department by calling (352) 420-8993.

     

    Positive Test Results

    People who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms, need to stay home and not report to school. This includes people who are not fully vaccinated and fully vaccinated people. Contact your child’s campus to notify them of your child’s absence and so that the school can conduct any necessary contact tracing.

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 may not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:

    • Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result, and
    • The student has had no fever for 24 hours, and 
    • The student’s other symptoms are improving

    Student-athletes must be screened by a healthcare provider before returning to participation on sports teams.

    For more information, see the CDC’s Overview of COVID-19 Isolation for K-12 Schools. For additional assistance, reach out to the Alachua County Health Department by calling (352) 420-8993.

COVID-19 Decision Flowchart

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  • Vaccines
  • Symptoms and Cases
  • Close Contacts
  • COVID Testing
  • Face Covering Policy
  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Indoor Air and Outdoor Spaces
  • Other School Operations
  • Beyond the School Day
  • Response Plan Handbook