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From Nurse Kathy: COVID-like illnesses and return to school

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Please read this important message from our School Nurse, Kathy Leone, about the symptoms which will require us to send students home, and the requirements for returning to school afterwards. 
Dear Families:
I would like to express my thanks for your flexibility and patience while we go through this trying time.  All of our families have been wonderful in their responsiveness to calls about students who do not feel well and have been sending the school their child’s test results quickly.
Please see below the most common symptoms of COVID:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in adults and children and can look like other common illnesses, like colds, strep throat, or allergies. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children are fever and cough, but children may have any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1 year old
 
COVID-Like Illness (CLI) protocols for all New York City public schools
 
CLI Protocol to return to school:

Any individual showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

• Received a positive COVID-19 test AND  • Isolated for 10 days AND• The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

• Received a negative COVID-19 test AND • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. OR

• Never got a COVID-19 test  AND• At least 10 days since symptoms started AND • The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND

• Overall illness has improved

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