STA COVID-19 Illness and Quarantine GuidelinesSYMPTOMS
Symptoms are ANY of the following, unless they have been diagnosed by a physician as symptoms of a non-COVID-19 related illness:
- Fever (100 degreeF or higher) or chills
- New cough (for anyone with chronic allergies/asthma, a change from baseline)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue and body aches
- New onset of headache (for those with migraines, or other chronic headache syndromes, a change from baseline)
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat (for anyone with chronic allergies, a change from baseline)
- Congestion or runny nose (for anyone with chronic allergies, a change from baseline)
- Diarrhea (3 or more loose stools), vomiting, or abdominal pain
This list may not include all possible symptoms. Visit the CDC website for updates as more is learned about COVID-19.
An individual is deemed CONTAGIOUS starting 2 days before their symptom onset through at least 10 days after onset of symptoms. If a case is asymptomatic, the timeframe of contagiousness starts from 2 days prior to date of test, through at least 10 days.
If your child is sent home or has experienced fever of 100 degrees or more, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or a rash he or she must stay home for 10 days if not diagnosed with an alternative illness.
Parents are expected to communicate and plan with the nurse. In consideration of your child, classmates, and our staff, as always we ask you to keep your child home from school if he/she is ill or not feeling well.
PLEASE NOTE: The details on this page are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change. Please check back frequently for the latest accurate information.
If you decide to test for COVID, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School recommends a PCR test a minimum of 5 days after exposure to rule out COVID-19 and limit possible community spread. PCR tests are the gold standard for testing as rapid tests are not 100% accurate.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School will foster a culture where wearing face coverings and social distancing are a part of the regular school day. We will adapt quickly and make you aware when circumstances or guidelines change. Masks are defined as non-medical grade face masks or cloth face coverings with ear loops or ties made of cotton or a cotton blend material or surgical type covers to protect the nose and mouth. Be prepared to provide face coverings that are comfortable and safe for your child(ren) to wear.
How Can Parents Help Kids Wear a Mask? Getting kids to wear a mask can be challenging, but it's important to find a way for them to feel good about wearing a mask.
- Help kids get used to masks. As much as you can, give kids time to practice wearing their masks before they might need to wear one to school. Teach them how to put them on and take them off.
- Encourage kids to decorate their mask. This might help them feel a sense of ownership and control over the situation. A personal touch can help make it more of a normal part of their routine, and make it more likely they'll want to wear their mask. Depending on the type of mask, kids can draw on it with markers or put stickers on it
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Per Diocesan policy, notes from the doctor/dentist office are required to return to school from an appointment.