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Illness in School

 
  August 2021 Update: In accordance with CDC guidance, students, teachers and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness (influenza or COVID-19), should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for evaluation care and testing. Individuals who are absent from school will need to provide either a medical note or proof of a negative COVID test (PCR test).
 
Students or staff members who develop symptoms during the school day will be sent home immediately. Parents of students will be contacted immediately to come and pick up their child.
 
The Onondaga County Health Department is working on the accessibility of symptomatic COVID testing at local schools with parental consent. When this testing is made available, parents will be provided with additional information on the process for testing symptomatic students.
The District will send out reminders on a routine basis on the importance of staying home when sick and on the symptoms of COVID 19 which include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
 
The District will continue to ask staff to fill out a daily health questionnaire
 
The District will not be taking student temperatures when students arrive at school. The District dedicated considerable resources to symptom screening and temperature taking during the 2020-2021 school year with little benefit. The CDC also noted the limited effectiveness in symptom screening and “does not currently recommended routine (such as daily) school-based COVID-19 symptom screening of all students.” It should be noted that students should not attend school when they are sick.