These health protocols, as related to COVID-19, incorporate recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Connecticut, the West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, and the WHPS Health and Safety Committee for Reopening 2020.
- Fever: any body temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (100 ᵒF) regardless of how measured.
- Isolation: separation of the sick with a contagious (confirmed or suspected) disease from those who are not sick.
- Quarantine: separation and restriction of movement of a person who has been exposed to a contagious disease to see if that person becomes sick.
- Close Contact: within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes; typically a household member.
Every morning before you send your child to school please check the following:
1. Your student does NOT have a fever greater than 100 degrees OR lower if your child is not feeling well.
2. Other signs of illness. (See illustration)
3. Does any member of your household have a fever or sign of illness?
4. Were you in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with anyone confirmed with COVID-19 within the last two weeks?
If the answer is YES to any of these questions, DO NOT send your student to school. Instead follow quarantine protocols for your child and contact your healthcare provider as well as your school. Strongly consider COVID-19 testing per West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District guidance.
Do not send your child to school with a fever or multiple symptoms.
1. Fever alone with NO other symptoms.
Child may return to school 24 hours AFTER resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications and no one else in household ill.
2. Fever and symptoms WITH alternate explanation (examples: strep, ear infection).
- Child may return to school 24 hours AFTER resolution of fever without use of fever-reducing medications.
- Child requires a note from your physician AND/OR the physician signed return to school form.
- Child must not have any possible or known COVID-19 exposures.
3. ANY 2 or more of the listed symptoms WITHOUT alternate explanation:
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- Shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Begin isolation at home.
- Child must isolate at home at least 10 days from the first day of symptoms AND 24 hours fever-free without use of fever-reducing medications AND with improvement in other symptoms.
- Child must complete a 14-day quarantine if any close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive.
- Negative COVID-19 Antigen/PCR testing does not shorten home quarantine period.
- Department of Health will recommend testing for contact tracing in any case of close contact with confirmed positive COVID-19.
Do not send your child to school if they have had close contact with confirmed positive COVID-19.
4. All close contacts (regardless of symptoms in the child): Close contact when the positive case had symptoms and 2 days prior to the symptoms.
- Child must quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with the COVID-19 positive person, even if the student has an alternate diagnosis for any symptoms.
- If the child develops fever or symptoms during the 14 day period, additional isolation may be necessary (see above).
- COVID-19 Antigen/PCR testing is recommended. If the test is negative, child can return to school after the 14 day quarantine.
Do not send your child to school if they have a pending or positive COVID-19 test.
5. Child must isolate at home while awaiting the test results:
- Test negative, child is asymptomatic, child may return to school if not required to quarantine for known positive contacts.
- Test positive, child must isolate at home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared; if without symptoms child must isolate at home for 10 days from test date.
It is very important that we all take care of each other as we are one West Hartford community. A large part of this is keeping your student home if they are sick or if anyone in your household is sick. If you have questions about your child’s health or the health of anyone in your family, please contact your school directly and speak with the School Nurse or the Principal.