COVID-19 FAQS from the Providence Health Office
Should my student stay home when sick?
Yes. Parents are asked to do daily health checks before sending students to school. If children are sick, keep them home. If they are healthy, send them to school. If students become sick while at school, they may be required to be sent home.
Sick students can return to school once their symptoms have significantly improved, 24 hours have passed since a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher (without fever reducing medicines), and they feel well enough to come back.
When should my student get a COVID test?
If your student has (1) one or more of the “more common” symptoms, they should be tested. “More common” symptoms include: fever of 100.4 or higher, new or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell; or (2), two or more of the “less common” symptoms. “Less common” symptoms include: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, new serious headache, new nasal congestion or runny nose.
When can my sick child return to school?
Your child is allowed back to school when (non-COVID-like) symptoms have improved: “Improved symptoms” means your child no longer feels ill, they are able to keep up with daily routines just like they did before they were ill, and any remaining symptoms are very mild, intermittent, or infrequent and do not interfere with their day.
Please note that if your child has been experiencing symptoms associated with COVID (see above), they are expected to test negative for COVID before they return, or complete a full quarantine as though they had COVID.
One or more of my children had symptoms and tested negative for COVID-19. Now my other child has symptoms. Can we assume it’s probably just the same virus?
No. Each member of the family must be evaluated separately. Other family members must be home while the second child is evaluated.
One of my family members has tested positive for Covid. May other family members who do not have symptoms be at school?
If a P.A. community member is sick with symptoms of Covid and is unable to be at school, then siblings and other family members will also need to remain outside of school with the following exceptions:
If the sick community member tests negative for Covid
If the sibling/family member is fully vaccinated.
If the sibling/family member was infected with Covid-19 in the last 90 days and it was reported to the school at that time.
In any of the cases above, the sibling/family member may remain or return to school.
If the community member with symptoms chooses not to test for Covid, then the symptomatic person will quarantine for five days and return to school with a mask for an additional five days or quarantine for ten days and return without a mask. Siblings/family members will quarantine for ten days following the family member’s positive test or onset of symptoms if not tested.
If a quarantining family member tests positive during the ten days of quarantine, the “clock” is re-set to five days after the positive test.
My child may have been a close contact of someone at school who tested positive for COVID. Must they quarantine?
Providence Academy invites parental choice in this case. Internal data from last year, and from early this year, suggest that close-contact quarantines are negligible at PA in mitigating transmission. No more than one to two percent of close contacts quarantined last year may have contracted COVID because of a PA-community transmission.