When should my child stay home and what health checks should families conduct?

Update: February 27, 2021

To ensure students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction, parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.

  • 1 of the following:
    • New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;
    • New loss of taste or smell; OR 
  • 2 of the following:
    • Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours;
    • Fatigue;
    • Muscle or body aches; 
    • Headache; 
    • Sore throat; 
    • Congestion or runny nose;
    • Chills or shaking chills;
    • Nausea or vomiting; 
    • Diarrhea.

Children exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 may not attend school. These students need to be evaluated for COVID-19 or an alternate medical diagnosis. They may not return to school until medically cleared. In addition, students with symptoms of any communicable disease may not attend school until evaluated and medically treated.

Staff and students who travel out of state should review and follow the most recent travel advisories in Maryland.