Guidance for Ill Students & Staff

When Should You Stay Home From School?

The school district's Chief Health Officer, in consultation with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, has established the following guidelines for what you should do if your child or a staff member is feeling ill:
    If a student or staff member is not feeling well, they can undergo watchful waiting for 24 hours at home. If they are feeling back to their normal state of health within 24 hours, the student or staff member may return to school without physician guidance or testing. If they continue not to feel well beyond 24 hours, the student or staff member needs to remain out of school and seek physician guidance.

    If a physician feels that a student or staff member’s illness is not consistent with COVID, the student or staff member can return to school with physician documentation stating no further COVID workup is warranted.

    If a physician advises a COVID test or the student or staff member pursues COVID testing on their own, they must remain at home. Guidance on return to school based on the results of the COVID test will be determined on a case by case basis in conjunction with the school and the student’s or staff member’s primary care doctor. The only COVID test accepted for review by the schools at this time is the COVID-19 PCR test.
    If an immediate household member of a student or staff member is not feeling well, it is recommended that the household member vigilantly monitor their health for 24 hours. The student or staff member may attend school. However, if the immediate household member continues to not feel well for greater than 24 hours, it is recommended students or staff members living with that household member remain at home until their household member seeks the guidance of their physician.

    For those seeking COVID-19 testing, please consult with your primary care physician. Free testing is available Mondays and Thursdays at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    Fever or chills
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Muscle or body aches
    New loss of taste or smell
    Sore throat
    Congestion or runny nose
    Nausea or vomiting

If a student or employee has been exposed to another person with confirmed COVID-19, they should remain in quarantine for 14 days.