COVID-19 Specific Illness Policy

Student/Parent Self-Screening Procedures:

If a student answers YES to any questions on the Illness Decision Tree for Schools it indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also puts them at risk of spreading illness to others and the student should stay home. 

If your child is sent home from school due to illness, please let the Just For Kids site no immediately.  Students cannot attend JFK until they are cleared to return to school.

In an effort to reduce illness and keep students and staff safe, all students/families and staff, shall ask themselves the following questions daily before allowing their student to attend school or JFK:

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

-Chills, muscle or body aches 


-Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite

-A temperature of 100.4° F or higher when taken using an oral thermometer 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

Has the student:

-Had close contact (within 6 ft of an infected person for at least 15 minutes cumulative within 24 hours) with a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case.  Students who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home.

-Traveled to or lives in an area Designated Category 3 or that has substantial community transmission of COVID-19 cases. 

-Recently had a COVID test that is pending.

What to do if a student is exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19:

Students who:

-Are either diagnosed with COVID-19 or are awaiting test results for COVID-19, 

-who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or are currently awaiting test results for COVID-19 or 

Answer YES to any questions on the Illness Decision Tree for Schools should:

-Stay home

-Isolate themselves from others based on directions from the local health department and/or the school nurse. 

-Monitor their health and consult with their healthcare provider as needed

-Central District Health may contact the family for contact tracing. If contacted, families should notify the contract tracer that the student attended school

-Notify your school of the positive test and 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 according to guidance received from Central District Health and the school nurse at your students school.

When To Quarantine or Isolate:

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.  

Who Needs to Quarantine:

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed or is awaiting COVID-19 test results:

-You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes cumulative over 24 hours

-You had direct physical contact with a person with COVID-19 

-Touched, hugged, kissed or provided care to them 

-Shared eating or drinking utensils or common living spaces such as kitchen and bathroom spaces

-Were around others with COVID-19 who sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

-Traveled to or live in an area of high transmission of COVID-19

-Anyone who has symptoms listed in Illness Decision Tree for Schools

What Steps To Take When You Quarantine or Isolate:

-If your child has symptoms, the student should stay home for 10 days from the start of their symptoms and until their symptoms have resolved without the use of medication for 24 hours.

-If you or your child were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, but have no symptoms:

-Stay at home, away from others for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19.

-Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 listed on Illness Decision Tree for Schools

-Contact your student’s school to notify them of your student’s need to be absent

-Contact your healthcare provider as needed. Additional guidance about what to look for and when to seek medical attention can be found at COVID-19 in Children and Teens

Updated Quarantine Guidelines:

-Upon notification that a parent, child, or staff member has come in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient, we will ask the family or staff member to quarantine based on the District’s guidelines.  These guidelines align with the Centers for Disease Control Options to Reduce Quarantine and Central District Health’s Updated Quarantine-Isolation Guidance.  The recently revised options shorten isolation and reduce the burden of isolation.  The shortened options include stopping quarantine:

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

-Per CDC guidelines, if we identify a case, we will report this to Central District Health, inform anyone who may have been exposed, and follow Central District Health guidance.

What if my child has already had COVID-19?

-People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months 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.

-People who have an exposure and develop symptoms should isolate until they have a medical evaluation to determine the cause of illness 

-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 Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children at Home:

-Your child can return to school after he/she has been fever free and symptom free for 24 hours (without the use of medication) if:

-Your child has had COVID-19 in the past 3 months and has not had close contact with someone who had been diagnosed or is being tested for COVID-19 or 

-has tested negative for COVID-19,  or 

-has another diagnosis from their healthcare provider