CDC Guide for Parents: If Your Child Is Showing Signs of COVID-19

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NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the following information and advice to parents and guardians. To translate this into a language of your choice, go to the top right corner of this page where the Google Translate button ("Select Language") is located, and choose from the menu of available languages. Links to all of District 401's COVID-19 and Remote Learning 2.0 communications can be found at our Fall Learning Plan update page.


If your child is sick or shows signs of illness, do not send them to school. Instead, please take the steps described below.

1. If your child is already at school when symptoms first become evident, pick up your child from school.

  • If possible, pick up your child alone.
  • If possible, wait in the car for your child.
  • Everyone in the car should wear a mask except for children under 2 years old.
  • Open the car windows for ventilation.
  • If possible, wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting your car, as that allows more time for the amount of virus in the air of your car to die off.
  • If you are unable to pick up your child, work with your school to identify the best way to safely transport your child.
  • Arrange to pick up any of your child’s medical supplies (if applicable).

2. Keep your child at home and monitor their symptoms.

  • Call your child’s healthcare provider to discuss whether your child needs to be evaluated and to determine options for getting tested for COVID-19. 
  • If possible, have the sick child (and anyone else who has symptoms) keep away from others and use a separate bathroom for 10 days. When not able to keep away from others, a mask should be worn by all members of the household. 
  • After being in contact with someone with COVID-19, it can take up to 14 days to know if you are sick. All members of the household should stay home and avoid contact with others outside of your home. An exception would be going to your doctor if advised. 
  • Encourage everyone in the household to wash their hands often and avoid sharing personal household items with others — e.g., dishes, cups, towels, bedding. 
  • Use an effective household disinfectant to clean "high-touch" surfaces and everyday items such as door handles, countertops and faucets. 

3. If your child tests positive for or is suspected of having COVID-19, notify the school.

4. Return your child to in-person school only after the following conditions are met:

  • It has been at least 10 days since symptoms started and …
  • Overall symptoms have improved and …
  • Your child has had no fever for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication).

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