My child has been sent home from school after becoming sick following possible exposure to coronavirus. What should I do?
The bottom line
Children attending school in person this year are likely to face new protocols when tracking illness, lowering the threshold for who gets sent home. In many instances, children with a runny nose, cough or fever will be asked to leave until symptoms subside. Those who are within 6 feet of someone positive for Covid-19 and have at least 15 minutes of exposure will need to stay home for two weeks, according to federal guidelines. Many symptoms for the coronavirus overlap with the flu and common cold, so parents should consult their pediatrician to assess whether to take their child to get tested.