Home Health Checklist

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    BPS families must monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before school. Some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu or a bad cold; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home and call your primary care provider.

    YOUR CHILD MUST STAY HOME if your child or anyone in the home has any of the symptoms listed below:  

    • Fever (100.0°F or higher without fever-reducing medicine), chills or shaking chills
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fatigue 
    • Nasal congestion or runny nose        


    • Any student who is in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 must stay home from school and quarantine for 10 days from the date of the last interaction with that person. 
    • If you have recently traveled outside of Massachusetts: please review the current order related to out-of-state travel (below). Your child will be required to quarantine for 10 days  - except  in the case of
      • a student, age 11 and older, with a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered no more than 3 days before arriving in Massachusetts
      • a student, age 10 and under, with a parent/guardian negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered no earlier than 3 days before your arrival in Massachusetts.
      • ALL students should quarantine or meet the 3-day testing rule if returning from international travel.

    If your child has any symptoms:

    • they must remain home and be evaluated by their primary care provider to consider testing for COVID-19. 
    • parents/guardians must report the absence to the school administration and school nurse, noting if the absence is COVID-19 related. 
    • inform the school nurse of the medical provider's recommendations, in writing, before returning to school. 

    Testing Procedure 

    • Call your child’s primary care physician, local community health center, or local COVID-19 testing site. A list of test sites across Massachusetts is available here and test sites throughout Boston can be found hereSome sites may require a pre-screening, referral, and/or appointment.
    • Call your child’s school nurse for help.

    Out of State or Country Travel 

    All travelers arriving in Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are required to self-quarantine for 10 days. There are exceptions to the Governor’s travel restrictions; please refer to the list below. Please also refer to the City of Boston Travel Policy.

    Exceptions to the Governor's travel restrictions (do not need to quarantine for 10 days upon return):

    • Individuals who are fully vaccinated
    • Individuals who receive a negative COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before
      arriving in Massachusetts
    • Individuals who receive a negative COVID-19 test after arriving and while in
    • Individuals who have been out of Massachusetts for less than 24 hours or are
      entering the state for fewer than 24 hours

    At this time, the City continues to strongly discourage travel out of state as travel increases the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. While we advise employees to quarantine or produce a negative COVID-19 test upon returning to Massachusetts, employees no longer need to provide results of a negative test or the Employee Certification of Self-Quarantine form before they return to the workplace.

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