Illness Indicators

Guidelines for when students should stay home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic 

1. Stay home if you: 

  • Have one or more symptoms in Group A OR  
  • Have two or more symptoms in Group B OR  
  • Are taking fever reducing medication. 

Group A 
1 or more symptoms 

Group B 
2 or more symptoms 

Fever (100.4 F. or higher) 
Shortness of breath 
Difficulty breathing 
New loss of smell 
New loss of taste 

Myalgia (muscle aches) 
Sore throat 
Congestion or runny nose 

2.  Stay home if you have had a Positive COVID-19 Test. 
3.  Stay home if a parent, guardian, sibling, or other household contact is sick and has had a Positive COVID-19 Test.   

4. Stay home if you have traveled to any state with high COVID-19 rates.  An accurate list of these states can be found at the link below: 


  • Question: My Dad is sick with COVID-like symptoms, and is scheduled to get a COVID-19 test.  Do I need to stay home? 
  • Answer: You do not need to stay home unless your Dad (or household contact) is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, or if you develop symptoms. 
  • Question: My sibling was exposed to a COVID-19 positive person at soccer practice, and must quarantine for 14 days.  Do I need to stay home from school and quarantine too?   
  • Answer: You do not need to stay home unless you or your sibling (or other household contact), become symptomatic and/or confirmed COVID-19 positive. 
  • Question: My Mom traveled to a state with a high rate of COVID-19, and is quarantined for 14 days.  Do I need to stay home too? 
  • Answer: No, you only need to quarantine if you traveled to the state with a high rate of COVID-19 yourself.