Symptoms of COVID-19
Some people have no symptoms or mild symptoms. Symptoms can also vary from person to person. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after contact with the virus.
Symptoms concerning for COVID-19 in children include:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
Additional non-specific symptoms may be due to COVID-19, but may also be due to another infection. These symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Headache or body aches
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea
It is important to review your child’s symptoms with their doctor to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19. Vaccinated children may have milder symptoms than other children.
What to do if your child has symptoms of COVID-19?
- Keep your child home.
- Mask everyone in the household and practice frequent handwashing.
- Test with a rapid at-home test kit.
- Contact the school nurse to notify the school of their absence.
- Contact your child’s doctor if their symptoms are not manageable at home.
COVID-19 Testing Resources
For rapid at-home test kits, contact Nurse Hill
Order free at-home COVID-19 tests
Get COVID-19 Test Kits from your Insurance Provider
CHOP COVID-19 Testing for Kids
Contact your child’s health care provider
Testing is also available at most pharmacies and urgent care centers
I have tested my child for COVID-19 and the results are negative. Can they come to school?
This depends on your child’s severity of symptoms.
If the symptoms are new, meaning the onset was sudden and/or overnight, please keep them home and repeat testing the next day.
If the symptoms are persistent – for example only a runny nose, but no cough, no fever or other symptoms – test with an at-home rapid test. Your child may come to school, but will need to wear a mask until symptoms resolve. Your child may be tested for COVID-19 during the school day if symptoms worsen. Please be prepared to pick up your child if they are dismissed early for illness or a positive test.
How do I submit my child’s positive or negative COVID test results to school?
If using a rapid at-home test:
Take a picture of the completed test with your child in the photo labeled with your child’s name, date of test and time of test. You may label the box or a piece of paper if the test is too small to include this information. If you do not include this information, the test will be considered invalid and you will be asked to resend the information as noted above. Email the test results to Nurse Hill.
Lab generated test results:
Email a copy of the results to Nurse Hill. Screenshots are acceptable. Must include the child’s name, date of test and test result.
What is the isolation and/or quarantine period if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
If your child tests positive for COVID, we ask that your child stay home from school for at least 7 days post the positive test. This is different from the CDC recommendation of 5 days due to the fact that most people may still test positive on day 5 or day 6. Seven days allows the additional time to reduce the level of virus in the body and hopefully reduce the level of contagiousness. For example, if your child tests positive on a Thursday, they may return to school the following Friday without testing. If your child is expected to return before that time they must show proof of a negative rapid antigen test.