Your kiddo was sick in the night, or they woke up with a sore throat... what do you do? According to public health guidance, when your student has new onset symptom(s) or a worsening of a usual condition, they should stay home, regardless of vaccination status.
First thing in the morning, the parent/guardian should fill out the STUDENT HEALTH ABSENCE FORM so that Dawson teachers and staff know that your student will be out.
Dawson is no longer requiring everyone to complete a health screening form, regardless of whether they feel sick or not; this form is for when someone is feeling under the weather. If your student has a chronic issue, there is a way to indicate that on the form.
A reminder that the symptoms of COVID can look like the symptoms of numerous other things.
*MAJOR symptoms are feeling feverish, a new/worsening cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell.
*MINOR symptoms are sore throat, running nose or congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. (Sounds like cold/flu/allergies, right?)
RETURNING TO SCHOOL: You will find on the Student Health Absence Form info on how to return to school; it is condensed from the public health guidance below. The main change is no need for 24-hour symptom-free buffer.
1. If student has any symptoms and they resolve in 24 hours, the student can return to school.
2. If they have MINOR symptoms only (sore throat, runny nose/congestion, body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea) AND they resolve within 48 hours, the student can return to school.
If minor symptoms persist past 48 hours, then they need a negative PCR or molecular test to return.
3. If they have MAJOR symptoms (fever, new/worse cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell) that last past 24 hours, then they need a negative PCR or molecular test to return.
4. If you choose not to test (see #2 and #3 above), student needs to home isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and be 24-hours fever free to return.
Day-to-day questions should go to your division administrative assistant, after you have completed the form. Thank you for doing your part to keep Dawson safe and healthy!