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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 (not due to other known cause, such as asthma or allergies)

❏ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❏ New loss of taste or smell

❏ Sore throat

❏ Headache ( when in combination with other symptoms)

❏ Muscle aches or body aches

❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

❏ Fatigue ( when in combination with other symptoms)

❏ Nasal congestion or runny nose ( when in combination with other symptoms and not due to other known causes, such as allergies)


❏ If your child is in contact with a household member who has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis who has not yet been cleared from isolation by the Boston Public Health Commission.


Any student that is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, must stay home from school and quarantine for 14 days from the date of the last interaction with that person. Contact your primary care provider, the Boston Public Health Commission or your school nurse for further guidance.


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.