COVID - 19 FAQs & Health Resources

COVID FAQs

Many of the frequently asked questions can be answered in the Returning To School After COVID-19- Information for Parents and Guardians that was mailed home in early August. It is also available here

What are the guidelines for keeping my student home? 

If your student has any of these symptoms, they should be kept at home. The list of symptoms include: 

   - Fever of 100.4° or higher  
  - Cough
  - New loss of taste or smell
  - Congestion or runny nose
  - Sore throat 
  - Nausea or vomiting
  - Diarrhea
  - Body aches
  - Chills
  - Headache

Students need to stay home if they have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.
Students need to stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19.

**Consult your doctor to see if they recommend an office visit, testing for Covid-19, or just home isolation/quarantine. 

My student has allergies; that’s why she’s coughing so much. Coughing is a COVID symptom. When can I send her back to school? 

In order to keep the spread of COVID down, we ask that you have your primary care doctor send a letter to school letting us know this is the cause of the COVID-like symptoms. Otherwise, you must keep your student home until they have a negative COVID test and are feeling better and are fever  free for 24 hours  without using medication to reduce the fever OR  at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started and they have had no symptoms for the last 24 hours.. 

What happens at school if you think my student has COVID symptoms? 

If a student tells someone he or she is not feeling well, or if someone notices your student doesn’t seem well, we will ask if they are experiencing any of the listed COVID symptoms. We will also take their temperature, and have them wait in an isolation room until they can be picked up by a parent or emergency contact.  

My student was home with COVID symptoms and tested negative. When can my student come back to school in person? 

Your student will be allowed to come back to school for in person learning when they are feeling better and they have not had a fever for 24 hours without using any medication to reduce fever.  Your PCP should send a note to the school so we are aware of the negative test and that the student is cleared to return to school.

My child can not wear a face covering/mask in school and I do not think it is safe.

We are requiring all students and staff to wear a face covering. For parents that feel their child’s condition is so severe that any face covering is intolerable, they are not likely well enough to be in public and they should remain at home.  We are offering  a virtual option here at Waterloo for students.  Parents should try different face covering styles and practice wearing a face covering at home to prepare their child for this expectation at school.  A face shield is not a replacement for wearing a face covering.  Please contact your health care provider for further guidance on their recommendations for in-person learning and face coverings. 



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