• COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, which is contracted through the droplets of an infected person. Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, and speaks. Mitigation techniques such as masking, social distancing, hand washing and staying home when ill are effective.  Individuals can spread COVID-19 even before they develop symptoms, and individuals who are infectious (spreading the virus) may not have any symptoms. De Soto School District follows the 

     

    Symptomatic Individuals in a School Setting

    Staff

    Staff who have at least one primary symptom OR two or more secondary symptoms are assumed to have COVID-19 and should be excluded from school and school-related activities and isolate at home.  Fever is a primary symptom in adults.

    Staff Primary Symptoms (at least one)

    Fever (≥100degrees Fahrenheit) • New cough • Difficulty breathing • Loss of taste/smell 

    Staff Secondary Symptoms (at least two)

    Extreme fatigue  • Chills • Congestion/runny nose • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea • Sore throat • Headache • Muscle or body aches

    Staff with symptoms should consult with a health care provider to be tested for COVID-19 and/or obtain an alternative diagnosis. Many primary care providers offer COVID-19 testing, as does JCDHE (schedule an appointment online at jocogov.org/coronavirus).

    Staff members who exhibit one primary symptom OR two or more secondary symptoms and are either not tested or test positive for COVID-19 should remain out of school and all school-related activities for 10 days after their symptoms began AND 24 hours after their fever (if present) has resolved without the aid of medication AND their initial symptoms have improved.

    Staff who test negative for COVID-19 can return to work 24 hours after their symptoms improve. If a physician indicates the symptoms are due to a non-infectious diagnosis (e.g., allergies, asthma), they can return to work prior to symptom resolution. If an employee only has one secondary symptom, the individual should be excluded for 24 hours after their symptom improves.

    Students

    Students with at least one primary symptom OR two or more secondary symptoms are assumed to have COVID-19 and should be excluded from school and school-related activities and isolate at home. Fever is considered a secondary symptom in children.

    Student Primary Symptoms (at least one)

    New cough • Difficulty breathing • Loss of taste/smell • Fever (≥100degrees Fahrenheit) or chills for secondary students

    Student Secondary Symptoms (at least two)

    Extreme fatigue • Fever (≥100 degrees Fahrenheit) or chills for elementary students• Congestion/runny nose • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea • Sore throat • Headache • Muscle or body aches

    Students who exhibit one primary symptom OR two or more secondary symptoms and are not tested or test positive for COVID-19 should remain out of school and all school-related activities for 10 days after their symptoms began AND 24 hours after their fever (if present) has resolved without the aid of medication AND their initial symptoms have improved.

    If a student is tested for COVID-19 and has a negative PCR test result, they can return to school 24 hours after their symptoms improve. If a physician indicates the symptoms are due to a non-infectious diagnosis (e.g., allergies, asthma), the child can be readmitted to school prior to their symptoms resolving. If a child has only one secondary symptom (specifically fever, vomiting, and diarrhea), the individual should be excluded for 24 hours after their symptom improves.