Parents who notice any of these symptoms in their children need to notify their school immediately and have them stay at home.
Dr. Belsha also recommends having a conversation with your children about symptoms. “Have a discussion with your kids encouraging them to make you aware of any new physical symptoms they develop, especially fever, nasal congestion, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, body aches, and loss of taste or smell.”
When should parents consider switching their children to virtual learning instead of in-person classes?
Parents should under no circumstances send their children to school if they have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 and should switch to remote instruction instead. Parents may also switch their children to virtual learning if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until the 14-day incubation period has passed.
“Virtual classes are a great option for children that need to self-quarantine for 14 days due to COVID-19 exposure or for families/students who have risk factors for a complicated course if infected,” said Dr. Belsha.
Parents may request that their student switch to virtual instruction at any time. If a parent requests virtual instruction and their school doesn't offer it, the parent may enroll their child in another school that does offer it for transfer students.
Returning to school during COVID-19 may not feel normal. But with the new policies and guidelines in place, as well as the support of teachers, staff, and parents, we can help make sure that students are learning and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.
“Teachers are doing a fabulous job with helping children be safe at school, and as parents, we can continue to be positive at home about the school changes and mask wearing,” said Dr. Belsha.
If you start to experience any signs of illness, like a fever or cough, staying home is always the best thing to do. Our doctors at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group offer virtual visits, so you can be seen quickly from the comfort of your own home. For more information about COVID-19 and resources about what to do if you think you have this virus, take a look at our Information Hub to learn more.
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