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Sending children back to school after illness

Posted: November 13, 2020

As we enter the normal cold and flu season we would like to give you a few quick reminders about when it is advisable to send your child back to school after illness. Here are some frequently asked questions:

What are the symptoms of Upper Respiratory Tract Infection?

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Low-grade fever
  • Facial pressure
  • Sneezing

What should I do if my child is symptomatic?

  • Parents should not send their child to school if they have a temperature over 37.5℃ regardless of the absence of respiratory symptoms
  • Students with fever or symptoms of respiratory illnesses should refrain from school and seek medical attention immediately
  • If a doctor recommends a Covid-19 test, parents should notify the school and send the results prior to the student’s return
  • Parents should notify the school via the ESF App if their child is going to remain home for the day

How long after symptoms subside should my child return to school?
Students should remain at home for an additional 48 hours once the fever and symptoms have subsided.