What to do if your child is sick

Updated on Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:32am

During Colorado’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have been exposed to a positive case or who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 listed below, must follow the Guidance for Cases and Outbreaks in Child Care and Schools. Testing for COVID-19 is strongly recommended for anyone with symptoms or a known exposure. When the guidance for COVID-19 instructs children and staff to follow their regular return to school illness policy, this guidance may be used to determine when children and staff may return to school or child care.

Students and families: Print and use this template for a daily self-health screening.

MAJOR SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 MINOR SYMPTOMS of COVID-19
  • Feeling feverish, having chills or
    temperature of 100.4°F or greater
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea

*Symptoms students and staff are screened for daily via the self-health screening logs. 

When is too sick for school? - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (Spanish) 

There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home:

  1. Someone who the child or staff lives with or has had close contact with who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.
  3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.
  4. The symptom or illness is on this list, and staying home is required. Remember, the best ways to stop the spread of infection is staying home when sick and good hand washing.