COVID-19 Family Checklist

  • These are some common questions our school nurses have received from families about potential COVID-19 exposure. Please read the information below and contact us if your question is not listed.

    My child has had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person outside of our household. This can be while the individual had symptoms, or up to 48 hours prior to developing symptoms. (Note: The CDC defines “direct contact” as having been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes in a 24 hr period, or being in the same space for 120 or more minutes.) What are my next steps?

    • Quarantine for 10 days from the exposure date, if they are symptom free they can return after the 10 days but should continue to monitor for symptoms on days 11-14
    • Contact your student’s school nurse, building or grade level principal, teachers, and school counselor to make them aware of quarantine.
      • Special School District: If your child receives SSD services, please contact their case manager as well so they can plan for continued services while they are quarantined.
      • LEAP: If your child attends LEAP, please contact that teacher as well.
    • Members of your household who did not have direct contact with the COVID-19 positive person can continue to go to school or work.
    • If the student exposed develops symptoms or is told by a physician that they require COVID-19 testing, then everyone else in the household should begin to quarantine at that point.
    • If the student develops symptoms, they should be PCR tested and alert the school nurse to the results of that test. A PCR test is a type of COVID-19 test that is collected and run in a lab or on occasion in an office. Rapid antigen testing is known to have false negative results when it is performed too quickly after symptom onset and is not recommended. Families must provide a doctor’s note that includes the PCR test results and the date when the student is cleared to return to school.

    My child has had direct contact with someone who is being tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting test results. Note: The CDC defines “direct contact” as having been within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes in a 24 hr period, or being in the same space for 120 or more minutes.) What should I do?

    • If your student was a direct contact of someone who is being tested and is waiting for results, please keep them home until that individual’s results come back.
    • If the direct contact’s results are negative, your student can return to school.
    • If the direct contact’s results are positive, your student must quarantine for 10 days, as explained above.

    My child has one or more COVID-19 symptoms. What are my next steps?

    • Contact your health care provider to see if testing is recommended.
    • Contact your school nurse to let them know that your child is feeling ill and share what your student’s doctor is recommending.
    • Please tell the school nurse if your child has known exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • If testing is recommended, please obtain PCR testing as it is more reliable. A PCR test is a type of COVID-19 test that is collected and run in a lab or on occasion in an office. It is not a rapid antigen test. False negative results are common in rapid antigen testing when done too soon after the onset of symptoms and will not be able to be accepted for your child to return to school.
    • If testing is not recommended and your student has only one symptom, they can return once that symptom has resolved for 24 hours without the use of medication.
    • If testing is not recommended and your student has more than one symptom or one high risk symptom, your student will need a doctor's note in order to return to school. This doctor's note must include an alternative diagnosis for your student's illness or a negative PCR test. In addition, your student must be fever-free for 24 hours without use of medication, and their symptoms must be improving.
    • If testing is recommended by a healthcare provider but not completed by the student, that student will be assumed positive and they will not be able to return to school for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. In addition, their contacts and household contacts will be required to quarantine as if they have received a positive test.

    What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

    • Contact the school nurse, building or grade level principal, teachers and school counselor to make them aware of your student’s isolation.
      • Special School District: If your child receives SSD services, please contact their case manager as well so they can plan for continued services while they are isolated.
      • LEAP: If your child attends LEAP, please contact that teacher as well.
    • Your child will be anticipated to require isolation for 10 days beginning at the onset of their symptoms.
    • Everyone else in your household must quarantine during the student’s isolation time. In most cases, all household members will have to quarantine for 10 days after the student’s 10 day isolation period ends.
    • If you are able to isolate the COVID-19 positive individual from everyone else in your household, you can contact your local health department or health care provider. They may be able to provide your household members with a note that will release them 10 days after their last exposure date to the COVID-19 positive individual. From our experience, this may be possible if the person testing positive is not a young child, can be in their own room at all times, and has a designated bathroom to use. The positive individual cannot spend any time at all in shared spaces, regardless of space and mask use.
    • In order to return to school, a doctor’s note releasing the positive individual from isolation is required.
    • It is recommended that you schedule a follow-up doctor’s appointment for your student to clear them for physical education and/or physical activities. This is due to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidance regarding limited information available on COVID-19 and exercise.

    What if someone in my house tests positive for COVID-19?

    • Everyone in your household must quarantine during the COVID-19 positive individual’s isolation time. In most cases, all household members will have to quarantine for 10 days after the positive person’s 10 day isolation period ends.
    • Contact the school nurse, building or grade level principal, teachers, and school counselor to make them aware of quarantine.
      • Special School District: If your child receives SSD services, please contact their case manager as well so they can plan for continued services while they are isolated.
      • LEAP: If your child attends LEAP, please contact that teacher as well.
    • If you are able to isolate the COVID-19 positive individual from everyone else in your household, you can contact your local health department or health care provider. They may be able to provide your household members with a note that will release them 10 days after their last exposure date to the COVID-19 positive individual. From our experience, this may be possible if the person testing positive is not a young child, can be in their own room at all times, and has a designated bathroom to use. The positive individual cannot spend any time at all in shared spaces, regardless of space and mask use.
    • In order to return to school, Lindbergh Schools will need a copy of the positive person’s release from isolation letter (from a physician’s office) in order to calculate your student’s quarantine end date, or a release from quarantine note from your student’s doctor.