COVID-19 Information

Updated DOH Guidance for Schools: 
 
 
For information regarding COVID-19 information related to schools:
 
 
For information regarding regional vaccinations availability:
 
 
School Health Screening Information:

Screen students and staff before arrival to school or early in the school day to reduce risk for
transmission of COVID-19. Students and staff with any illness must stay home or return home.
Schools have flexibility in how to enact daily health screening, whether by assessment at home
by parents/guardians, on the school site screening, a combination of these, or other method.
Three potential example health screening methods appear below. Schools may use these
methods, adaptations of these methods, or other methods they determine appropriate in
consultation with their local public health jurisdiction. Whatever method a school chooses,
educate staff and parents/caregivers to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children
and to stay home or keep their children home if they are sick.
For screening that happens at the school, there are several methods that facilities can use to
protect students and staff while conducting temperature and symptom screenings, and
schools have flexibility in how they do this. The most protective methods incorporate
physical distancing (maintaining a distance of six feet from others) or physical barriers to
eliminate or minimize exposures due to close contact. For more information on screening,
see the CDC guidance.
 
Screening questions
Every day, ask staff, parents, guardians, and older students to review the following
questions. This review can happen at home or at school.

1. Do you have any of the following symptoms within the last day that are not
caused by another condition?
• Fever (100.4F) or chills.
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• Recent loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
2. Have you been in close contact with anyone with confirmed COVID-19?
3. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to
self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID19 infection?
5. Staff or students who answer ‘yes’ to any questions should stay home or be sent home.
Home Health Screen Method:
  • Have the parents/caregivers review these questions daily before sending
children to school. The school can provide families paper or electronic forms,
use online applications, or provide tickets or tokens that parents/caregivers
send to the school with the child to signal the screening has been complete and
the answer to all questions is ‘no.’
  • If a student forgets their form (paper or electronic), ticket, or token, the school
should screen the student onsite. Staff and students who answer yes to any
questions should stay home or be sent home.
On Site Health Screen Method
  • Have staff ask all students and staff all four screening questions above. To help expedite
screening schools can post a sign listing the symptoms and questions or use a check list
that staff who conduct screening of students and staff can read.
  • Take staff and students temperatures.
  • Students or staff with symptoms should be isolated until they can go home.
  • The school must ensure that physical distancing can be maintained as students and staff
wait to be screened.
  • The school staff screening should use personal protective equipment when screening
students and staff. Refer to Employer Health & Safety Requirements for School Scenarios
for additional details.
Combination Health Screen Method
  • Have parents/caregivers sign a form at some frequency (by quarter, month or week)
that affirms they will check their children daily for all symptoms of COVID-19 and agree
not to send their child to school if the child has any symptoms, is a close contact of
someone with COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been told to selfmonitor, isolate, or quarantine.
AND
  • Conduct a brief screen of students and staff at the school to check they do not have
fever, shortness of breath or cough.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed
cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue,
or extreme fussiness.
  • Students or staff with symptoms should be isolated until they can go home.
  • The school must ensure that physical distancing can be maintained as students and staff
wait to be screened.
6. The school staff screening should use personal protective equipment when screening
students and staff. Refer to Employer Health & Safety Requirements for School Scenarios
for additional details.