COVID-19 Illness Policy (Updated January 2022)

The following is based on guidance taken from the Boise School District Illness Procedures, Central District Health’s K-12 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance and the US Centers for Disease Control Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

Self-Screening Procedures:

In order to determine if you should go to school and/or Just For Kids, all students/families and staff should ask themselves the following questions daily:

Section 1: Symptoms

Since the last day of school/work, or last visit to the school or District facility, have you or your child had any one of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?

  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
  • A temperature of 100.4° F or higher or chills without the use of fever reducing medication
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for employees with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste and/or smell

Or two of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New or unusual onset of severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • New or unusual muscle or body aches

Section 2: Close Contact/Potential Exposure

Since your last day of school have you:

  • Had close contact (within 6 ft of an infected person for at least 15 minutes cumulative within 24 hours) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 or a person awaiting test results for COVID-19*
  • Been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 symptoms*
  • Traveled to or live in an area designated as Orange or Red (Substantial or High Community Transmission) of COVID-19 cases

The reasons to keep sick children at home are included in the Boise School District Illness Procedure.

Definitions:

  • Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID -19 away from others. 
  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even possibly in their own home.  

Quarantining Guidelines:

The Boise School District utilizes universal masking; therefore, all students and staff who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, where the person was exposed (for example home, school, work, etc.), and/or if they are able to isolate at home, can continue to report to school and JFK as long as they wear a mask for 10 days and are asymptomatic

Anyone who is exposed to a known positive case of Covid-19 is strongly encouraged to test on Day 5 after exposure.

If symptoms develop or a person receives a positive test result, follow isolation guidelines outlined below.

Isolation Guidelines:

Isolation is for individuals who test positive for Covid-19

5 Day Isolation – Individual remains asymptomatic or has improving mild symptoms can return on Day 6 as long as they are fever free for a full 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.  They must continue to wear a mask through Day 10.  If unable to wear a mask properly over the nose and mouth, refer to isolation period below.   Students and staff will need to wear a mask at all times, even outside.  Students and staff will also need to eat in a separate area, away from others, while not wearing a mask.

10 Day Isolation – Individuals having had moderate to severe symptoms, that are immunocompromised, and/or that are unable to wear masks should isolate for 10 days following infection. 

  • Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons

Contact Tracing:

Contact tracing will only occur in situations where individuals were not wearing a mask (for example, lunch, snack, etc.) and were in close contact with a positive Covid-19 case.  Families will be alerted and asked to watch for symptoms and follow the aforementioned Quarantining Guidelines.  

Additional Resources:

You can find additional information and resources at:

COVID Testing Resources 

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Central District Health

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Program Coordinator, Alison Giachetti at alison.giachetti@boiseschools.org or 208-854-6722.  You may also reach out to your child’s school principal or school nurse.