- Chandler Unified School District
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CUSD COVID-19 Exclusion Guidelines, UPDATED 10/15/2020
CUSD COVID-19 Exclusion Guidelines
Exclude symptomatic students who have ANY ONE of the following: fever of 100.4 or above, new onset or worsening cough, shortness of breath not attributable to underlying cause (e.g., asthma), diarrhea, vomiting, chills, congestion or runny nose, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat.
Students with a documented medical condition by a licensed healthcare provider should not be excluded if the symptom(s) are related to their condition.
Exclude asymptomatic students who have had a positive COVID-19 test OR live with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or are pending COVID-19 test results.
Exclude siblings of students who have had a positive COVID-19 test. Do not exclude siblings if there has only been reported symptoms.
RETURN TO SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS
Student Has Been Evaluated by Healthcare Provider
COVID-19 Testing Results:
Positive Lab Test
Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications AND improvement of symptoms AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
*If the date of symptom onset is unknown, then use the date of COVID-19 test collection.
10 days have passed since date of COVID19 test collection.
Negative Lab Test
Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications AND improvement of symptoms.
* Extension of isolation is not routinely recommended if an individual is retested within 3 months of onset of symptoms or date of first positive test while asymptomatic.
Return to school in accordance with the AZDHS Communicable Disease Resource Guide.
COVID Symptoms Have Not Been Evaluated by Healthcare Provider
If a student has ANY ONE of the following: diarrhea, vomiting, chills, congestion or runny nose, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, sore throat
May return to school when: symptoms have resolved within first 24 hours AND have remained gone for an additional 24 hours without the use of medication.
If ANY symptom(s) last more than 24 hours: students may return to school when fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications AND improvement of symptoms for at least 24 hours AND 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
If a student has ANY one of the following symptom(s): a fever of 100.4 or above, new onset or worsening cough, shortness of breath not attributable to underlying cause, loss of taste or smell. They may return to school when ALL symptoms have improved without the use of medication AND 10 days have passed.
A negative lab test is optional in place of 10 days. *A licensed healthcare provider note stating a student does not have COVID, without an actual test result or alternate diagnosis is not acceptable for return.
* If students return to school with the same symptoms, they were originally sent home with, they will be required to follow the 10-day exclusion guidelines.
No Symptoms and Lives with Person Diagnosed with COVID-19 or Primary Exposure
Separate yourself from the ill person. Return to school when 14 days have passed since last exposure AND no symptoms are present. A Negative test will not end quarantine.
* If symptoms develop in the 14-day monitoring period: Stay home AND follow Maricopa County Home Isolation Guidelines.
*These recommendations are current as of 10/15/2020. Recommendations are subject to change as the situation evolves. For more information, please visit maricopa.gov/COVID19.
Letter from CUSD, 8/4/2020
Dear CUSD Parents and Guardians,
The health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority for the Chandler Unified School District. Thank you for your support and understanding as we respond to the unexpected changes that have impacted our community due to COVID-19.
You can help protect your family and others from COVID-19 by practicing and promoting everyday healthy habits. Parents are responsible for determining their child’s health status before arriving at school and for keeping their child at home should they present symptoms of any kind. Use the checklist below to plan and prepare for returning to the 2020-2021 school year.
Daily Health Screening
You are responsible for ensuring that your child is not exhibiting any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 PRIOR to coming to school and keeping them home if they do.
- Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Any other symptom of illness, whether or not you believe it’s related to COVID-19
- Has your child recently been in close contact with anyone who has exhibited any of the above symptoms?
- Has your child recently been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Need to Know
- Stay informed on the latest facts and new developments related to COVID-19.
- Seek medical advice by first calling your health care provider.
- Although CUSD is taking many steps to protect your child from the spread of COVID-19, it is impossible to reduce the risk to zero.
- Practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
If your child is sick, or needs to leave school
If your child is sick with any illness, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence. Your child will need to be symptom-free, without any medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
If you are contacted by the school regarding your sick child, they must be picked up 1 hour of being notified.
Medications will not be given at school that mask COVID-19 like symptoms (i.e. headache).
Contact your child's school administration or the health office with any concerns specifically related to COVID-19 and your child's health.
Consider planning for alternate childcare arrangements. Have a backup plan in the event your child needs to stay home from school or is sent home from school.
Please make sure all contact information is always up to date in Infinite Campus.
As situations evolve, we are prepared to comply with the directions from the state and local health agencies and adjust, as necessary.
Chandler Unified School District