Health and Wellness Guidelines

  • In order to provide our students and staff with a healthy learning environment, D.C. Everest is providing the following guidelines to assist families in determining whether their student should remain home.

    Families should monitor their students on a daily basis for signs of illness. Students who are ill should not attend school in person.

    • Coughs/colds. Your student will be sent home if they have continuous nasal drainage, coughing spells or if their symptoms interfere with their ability to learn. Students may return to school if they do not have a fever, if nasal drainage is minimal, and coughing is less frequent.

    • COVID. Students and staff can choose to wear masks to school and will be supported in that choice. Symptomatic students will be asked to wear a mask while in the Health Room.

      • If your student(s) has the following symptoms associated with COVID they should remain at home:

        • Fever (100.4˚F or higher), chills or shaking chills

        • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

        • New loss of taste or smell

        • Muscle or body aches

        • Cough (not due to other known condition)

      • If your student(s) has one of the symptoms below in combination with other symptoms, they should remain at home:

        • Sore throat

        • Headache

        • Fatigue

        • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)

      • Health Room staff will use their discretion on sending symptomatic students home.

      • Symptomatic students and staff should remain home until they feel better, have not vomited, or needed fever-reducing medication in 24 hours.

      • Students who test positive for COVID should isolate at home for at least 5 days. If your student is asymptomatic, their symptoms are resolving, and they are fever-free for 24 hours, they may return to school after day 5. CDC and DHS currently recommends wearing a mask through day 10. 

    • Diarrhea. Students with diarrhea, caused by an illness, need to stay home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. If your student has diarrhea not related to a chronic health condition they will be sent home.

    • Fever. Students should remain at home if they have a fever of 100.4˚F or higher. Students can return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. If your student has a fever of 100.4˚F or higher, they will be sent home from school.

    • Pink eye. This illness can be highly contagious therefore students with pink eye should remain at home. If your student is treated with antibiotics for pink eye, they should not return to school until the antibiotics have been used for a 24 hour period. Students will be sent home if the pink eye is accompanied by a fever, behavioral changes or an inability to avoid touching the eye.

    • Rash. If your student has a rash, it is recommended they visit their physician before attending school. Your student will be sent home if they have a rash that is spreading, open, and cannot be covered. 

    • Strep throat. If your student has been diagnosed with strep throat, they must remain home 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun or return with written doctor approval.

    • Vomiting/nausea. Students who are vomiting should remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours. They should be able to eat or drink without vomiting before they return to school. If your student vomits due to illness not related to a chronic health condition they will be sent home.

    The District will use a measured approach and continue to monitor community COVID levels when making school prevention strategy decisions.

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