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Return to School Protocols

Return to School Protocols

Confused about what to do when your child is showing signs of illness? You are not alone! Here is a quick summary of the current Durham Public Schools protocols.

  • If your child has any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home! Symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. The siblings of sick students should also be kept home. 
  • You have three options for sick children to return to school, whether they were kept home or were sent home from school:
    • a negative COVID (PCR) test result AND fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication AND symptoms must be improving, or
    • a doctor's note with an alternate diagnosis stating they are cleared to return to school AND be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication AND symptoms must be improving, or
    • if you are unable to provide one of the above, then the student will not be allowed to return for 10 days as we must assume the student could have COVID-19.
  • Siblings who do not have symptoms can return as soon as the sick child receives a negative COVID test result or an alternative diagnosis. 
  • When your child is absent for any reason, let us know! Send the teacher a message through Class Dojo or other preferred method of contact letting them know why your student missed school. 
  • To electronically send any testing results, alternative diagnosis, or other medical information, please send to:

Questions? Please let us know!

Carolyn Allen
(919) 560-2695 ext 69057