Students/Employees with COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Anyone who has symptoms of infectious illness such as COVID-19 should not attend school. Families should be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and keep them home when they are sick. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

    • Fever (100.4˚F or higher)
    • Cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Chills
    • Shortness of breath
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Muscle pain or body aches
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

    Children who have symptoms of infectious illness should stay home and be referred to a healthcare provider for testing and care. 

     

    Symptoms at School

    If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, their school nurse can provide rapid antigen testing in the school clinic. Students will only be tested if they have a signed consent form on file, and after parents are called for confirmation. 

    If the student has a positive rapid test result, the school will follow the protocols for positive cases.

    If there is a negative rapid test result, the nurse will offer to perform a PCR test for confirmation. The student with symptoms must stay home while the PCR test is sent for lab processing.

     

    Returning to School (DOH Rules)

    Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:

    • They receive a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomaticOR
    • Five (5) days have passed since the onset of symptoms, they have had no fever for 24 hours, and other symptoms are improving; OR
    • They receive written permission to return to school from a medical doctor licensed an osteopathic physician or an advanced practice registered nurse

    Most at-home COVID tests cannot be used to return early (Option A), according to DOH guidelines.

    Some at-home tests that are collected at home and then sent to a laboratory, done through a mobile application, or monitored by a medical provider and reported to the Florida Department of Health are sufficient. For additional assistance, call the Alachua County Health Department at (352) 420-8993.

Students/Employees with Positive Test Results

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must stay home from school, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. Parents should also consult with their child’s healthcare provider for care. 

    Parents should contact their school to notify them of their child’s absence so that the school can assist with accessing schoolwork and conduct any necessary contact tracing.

     A student who tests positive can have their absences excused, or they can be marked present if they can engage in assigned schoolwork while at home. Teachers are expected to maintain Canvas courses for students to access assignments and curriculum while at home.

    Homework help and tutoring is available to all students in grades through the Beyond the Bell program. Free, virtual support is available in core subjects and provided by certified teachers. To access the program, students should go to www.sbac.edu/tutor.

     

    Returning to School (DOH Rules)

    Anyone who has received a positive diagnostic test may not attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property until:

    • The student receives a negative diagnostic COVID-19 test and is asymptomaticOR
    • Five (5) days have passed since the onset of symptoms or positive test result, they have had no fever for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving; OR
    • The student receives written permission to return to school from a medical doctor, an osteopathic physician, or an advanced practice registered nurse.

    Most at-home COVID tests cannot be used to return early (Option A), according to DOH guidelines.

    Some at-home tests that are collected at home and then sent to a laboratory, done through a mobile application, or monitored by a medical provider and reported to the Florida Department of Health are sufficient. For additional assistance, call the Alachua County Health Department at (352) 420-8993.

ACPS COVID-19 Decision Flowchart

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