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Symptoms to Keep Your Child at Home

Note for COVID-19 from the San Mateo County Health Department

To protect others, please check if your child/family has had:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19?
  • Close contact (been within 6 feet) of an infected person for 15 minutes?
  • A COVID-19 test (but are still waiting for results), or A diagnosis of COVID-19?

If yes to any of these, then IMMEDIATELY:
1. Keep your child at home and call your medical provider
2. Visit this CDC website
3. MIST! (Mask, Isolate, Self-Quarantine, Test) - Explained in further detail here

Other Health Symptoms

We coordinate with the San Mateo County Department of Public Health in protecting children from certain symptoms of communicable diseases.  If your child has any of these symptoms, please keep him/her home, or make appropriate child care arrangements.

  •  APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable.  This is sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
  • EYES – thick mucus or pus draining from the eye and “pink eye” (conjunctivitis).
  • FEVER – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.  Child must be fever free (without fever reducing medication) for 24 hours before they are able to return to school.
  • GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE, AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH – should be seen by a health care provider.  These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • SORE THROAT – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
  • DIARRHEA – 3 or more watery stools in a 24 hour period especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • VOMITING – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
  •  RASH – body rash, especially with fever or itching.  Diaper rashes, heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
  • EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER – do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow up.  Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • LICE, SCABIES – children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits.  Children with scabies can be admitted after treatment has been completed.



·  Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts your child, other children and staff at risk of getting sick.

·  If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier, and happier children.

·  While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means

less missed work days and less illness for parents too.

·   HAND WASHING is still the number one way to prevent the spread of germs.



San Mateo Foster City School District NURSES