Below are frequently asked questions for parents regarding going back to school during COVID-19.
Once a child has tested positive, does COVID-19 need to be considered for future illnesses?
Yes, if more than three months has passed.
Should a child who has been exposed to COVID-19 but has no symptoms be tested?
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If a child has symptoms, how do they obtain a test?
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How will results be shared with the school?
Parents will need to share results with the school.
Will students need a negative test to return to school once they have tested positive?
No. A symptom-based strategy from the CDC will be used.
If a child tests positive in the school, how long must the siblings quarantine if they have no symptoms? Should siblings without symptoms be tested?
If you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19, it is recommended that you self-quarantine and stay away from other people as much as possible for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the person. It is recommended that you get tested no sooner than seven days after first contact with the person when they were contagious with the virus, or immediately if you develop symptoms. It takes time for the virus to build up in your body so it can become detected by the lab test. You must complete the full 14 days of quarantine even if you test negative because it is possible the virus was not yet able to be detected by the lab test.
What temperature should be considered a fever for COVID-19 screening purposes?
100.4 F; 100 F if older than 12 years
If a symptomatic student refuses to test, how long must they stay out of school? What about their siblings?
Students should isolate for 10 days and can return to school after 10 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and their symptoms are improving.
Should the school require the eLearners to report positive COVID-19 results?
If a student is using supplies provided by the school (including electronic devices), how often should they be cleaned?
Items should be routinely cleaned upon return to school.
When should I take my child to the emergency department?
For non-emergency symptoms, contact your primary care provider or visit a testing location. If you believe the situation is emergent in nature, such as if there is difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain and pressure, bluish lips or face, or confusion, please visit the emergency department.
For additional COVID-19 questions, visit DHEC’s website.
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