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COVID-19 School Health Screening Agreements

Otsego Public Schools COVID-19 School Health Student Screening Guidelines


Before leaving for school, please make sure of the following screening. If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and put them at risk for spreading illness to others. 


Symptoms:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth 
  • Sore throat 
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) 
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain 
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever 

Close Contact/Potential Exposure: 

In the past 14 days has your child: 

  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR 
  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19; OR 
  • Traveled to or lives in any areas with high community transmission (see https://www.mistartmap.info/) 
  • Traveled internationally 

If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, keep your child(ren) home from school. If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to any close contact/potential exposure question, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. If you don’t have one or cannot be seen, go to www.mi.gov/coronavirustest or call 2-1-1 to find a location to have your child(ren) tested for COVID-19. 


If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure questions, your student may return based on the guidance for their symptoms (see “Managing Communicable Diseases in Schools”): 

  • Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications 
  • Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotic have been taken); 
  • Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement 
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours 
  • Severe headache: improvement 

DISCLAIMER: This screening tool is subject to change based on the latest information on COVID-19. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations