COVID-19 Specific Illness Policy

Self-Screening Procedures:

If a student answers yes to any of the symptoms listed in box Q1 of the Illness Decision Tree for Schools it indicates a possible illness and the student should stay home.  All students/families and staff shall ask themselves the following questions daily before allowing their student to attend school:

Section 1: Symptoms

  • Since your last day of school have you had any of these symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • New or unusual onset of severe headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite
  • A temperature of 100.4° F or higher or chills
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing or for students  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

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

*Students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the last vaccination) or who have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days and do not have any symptoms do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a COVID positive person, a person with COVID-19 symptoms or who have traveled to an area with substantial community transmission as long as the student does not have any of the symptoms listed in Section 1.

Reasons to keep sick children at home are included I the Boise School District Illness Procedure and the Illness Decision Tree for SchoolsPlease remember to notify your school and Just For Kids site of your student’s need to be absent.

Students diagnosed with COVID-19 or who answer YES any questions on the Illness Decision Tree for Schools may return to school and Just For Kids according to guidance received from Central District Health, the student’s healthcare provider, and/or the school nurse at your student’s school.

Quarantining Guidelines:

The following are Central District Health’s recommendations for quarantining school-aged children who have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, or is diagnosed, with COVID-19 (case).

  • If your student was exposed in his/her elementary school classroom:
  • In Instructional Areas (e.g. standard classroom-like environment with teacher in front of the room and students are seated) if both the case and the close contact were wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth and were worn consistently during the exposure period, then: 
  • The student who tested positive for Covid-19 must isolate at home as recommended by public health.  
  • The student who was in close contact with the positive case does not need to quarantine, but should continue to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms. These students do not need to quarantine from school or JFK, but do need to quarantine from the community.
  • If your student was exposed at Just For Kids:
    • In non-instructional areas (e.g. before or after school, sports, extra-curricular activities, cafeteria that are not structured like a classroom), all unvaccinated contacts are required to quarantine for 7-14 days even if they were wearing a mask at all times.
    • Just For Kids and other childcare facilities should be considered “non-instructional areas” and your student will not be able to attend school or JFK while they are quarantining.
    • Once your student’s quarantine is completed based on any of the options listed below, they can safely return to Just For Kids and school.

Quarantine Options

Unvaccinated students who are exposed to a COVID positive person and have no symptoms should follow one of these quarantine options:

  • Ten Day (10) Quarantine With No Testing:  If astudent was exposed to an individual with COVID-19, has no symptoms, and was not tested, then the quarantine can end after day 10 from the last day of close contact with the positive COVID-19 case. Day 0 is defined as the last day of known or possible exposure to a COVID-positive person. The student can return to school on Day 11. The person/parent should monitor for symptoms listed on the Illness Decision Tree and if symptoms are identified please contact the student’s school or supervisor for the next steps. 
  • Seven Day (7) Quarantine With Testing: Quarantine can end after day 7 (return to school on day 8. Day 0 is defined as the last day of known or possible exposure to a COVID-positive person. The test should be done no earlier than day 5 and must be a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.  Quarantine can end after day 7and return to school on day 8 if a PCR test is negative and if no symptoms listed on the Illness Decision Tree are identified during monitoring by the person/parent.Please contact your student’s school for the next steps and provide a copy of the test results. 

  • If household members are unable to isolate themselves from the COVID positive person, then the quarantine time begins after the COVID positive person’s 10 day isolation period.  The close contact could choose to do a 7 day or a 10-day quarantine (as explained above) after the initial 10 day isolation period for a total of 17 or 20 days. The person/parent should monitor for symptoms listed on the Illness Decision Tree and if symptoms are identified please contact the student’s school for the next steps. 
  • Students who are fully vaccinated and exposed to a person with COVID-19: should get tested at least 3 days after exposure, even if they have no symptoms.  The date of exposure is considered day 0.  They should wear a mask indoors in public and monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure or until test results are negative. Students should isolate for 10 days if test results are positive.

Regardless of which option is followed, symptom monitoring, masking as needed, hand hygiene, and physical distancing must continue through day fourteen (14) as outlined in the CDC’s Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing.  If at any time, an individual develops symptoms during the fourteen (14) days after exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they should immediately quarantine, seek testing and notify their student’s school. 

Additional Information 

What if my child has already had COVID-19?

  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 or were presumed positive do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months (90 days) as long as they do not develop symptoms again.  
  • People who develop symptoms again within three months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • Anyone who has an exposure to COVID and develops symptoms should isolate until they have a medical evaluation to determine the cause of the illness 
  • Please provide the following to the school nurse: 

1. Documentation of your student’s positive COVID test in the past 90 days or

2. Documentation from your student’s health care provider that your student had COVID in the past 90 days or

3. Documentation that your student had a probable case of COVID-19 (no positive test result) in the past 90 days 

  • Documentation for numbers 1 and 2 could include a copy of a positive test from Central District Health (CDH) or a healthcare provider. The documentation from the health care provider should include dates if a copy of the test result is not provided
  • Documentation for number 3 could include a record of a probable COVID infection in Infinite Campus within the last 90 days, or a notation from a health care provider or CDH stating the student had a probable case of COVID-19. 

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have not been re-exposed but have symptoms on the Illness Decision Tree for Schools should follow the Boise School District Illness Procedure

You can find additional information and resources at:

COVID Testing Resources 

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Central District Health

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.  Caring for Someone Who is Sick at Home describes steps to take to limit transmission of COVID-19.  

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.