COVID contact

If your child has had contact with a person who is positive for COVID (contact may occur at school, at your home, or in the community) 

  • Your child should quarantine.  This means that your child should not leave your house or yard and can not come into any contact with anyone outside of your household.

  • Your child should wear a mask at all times, even when in the house.

  • Your child should be isolated from household members as much as possible.

  • Family members may attend work/school.

See the MA.gov website for quarantine timeline lengths.  The length of quarantine will depend on testing.

These guidelines are from

MASSACHUSETTS CHILD AND YOUTH SERVING PROGRAMS REOPEN APPROACH

Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety

June 1, 2020

PROTOCOLS FOR RESPONDING TO COVID-19 SCENARIOS

July 20, 2020

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SICK CHILD

Parents should be screening each child daily.  If your child has: 

  • fever (>100.0)

  • chills

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • muscle aches

  • shortness of breath 

  • diarrhea

  • nausea or vomiting

  • diarrhea

  • loss of smell/taste

  • fatigue (with other symptoms

  •  runny nose (with other symptoms)

  • headache (with other symptoms) 

  • Call our office to review your child's symptoms with a physician or nurse. It is very likely that your child will need to be tested for coronavirus.

  • All members of your household need to quarantine.  They can not attend work/school, can not take trips into the community and can not have contact with anyone outside of your household. 

If your child tests positive, they will need to be home for at least 10 days after symptoms started, at least 72 hours after last fever >100.0 and until symptoms are markedly improved. While at home, your child should be as isolated as possible from other household members. Everyone in your house has now had contact with a COVID-positive person and should quarantine (see the column to the left).

If your child tests negative, you will need to follow your school's "return to school" policy. Your child may be allowed to return after a negative result, if symptoms have resolved x 24 hours.  Family members can return to school/work.

If your child is not tested, they will need to stay home for 10 days since onset of symptoms, be free of fever for 72 hours and have improved symptoms before returning to school. The child should be isolated from family members as much as possible.  Household members should quarantine at home for the 10 days AND for 14 more days beyond that (total of 24 days).