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Daily Screening 2021-22 School Year:
Although the KCHD will not send a daily health screener, we ask that all parents screen their child for symptoms each day before going to school. Symptomatic students must be kept home. Keeping sick students home is our most powerful strategy to keep COVID-19 out of our school. At this time individual schools will not require screeners.
Does your child have ANY of the following symptoms?
- Temperature of 100.4 or higher OR feels warm to the touch,
- New cough or change in cough for a child who often has a cough,
- Shortness of breath,
- Loss of taste or smell,
- Body aches,
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea,
- Severe headache,
- Extreme tiredness,
- Congestion/runny nose.
CLOSE CONTACT CHECK
- Has your child had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes or more or a person who has been confirmed to have COVID-19?
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, your child cannot attend school today. Please contact the school.
Testing Locations and COVID Tip Sheet
Testing offered through local School Districts: Not running at the moment. Please see other options below and check back for further updates.
For other testing avenues please see the Tip Sheet linked here: How to Schedule a COVID 19 Test
What does it mean to be exposed or a close contact?
Within 6 feet of that person for 15 minutes or more. This exposure would be up to 2 days before their symptoms started or 2 days before they were tested for COVID-19.
Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
You shared eating or drinking utensils.
They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Quarantine or isolation: What's the difference?
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
What if I’ve Had COVID Before?
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What if I have been vaccinated?
Those who have been fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd or final dose of vaccine), and within 90 days of vaccine), will not need to quarantine if in close contact.
Please see linked Health Department Testing Algorithm for more detail: KCHD Testing Algorithm and Protocol
COVID-19 Incubation Timeline
Quarantine, Isolation, and COVID Positive
COVID-19 District Dashboard
In partnership with the Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD has launched a COVID-19 dashboard. This dashboard is meant to provide parents, educators and the general public with transparency on confirmed COVID-19 cases in our local schools and districts. Numbers will be updated on a weekly basis throughout the school year with data directly from the Kent County Health Department.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Videos
All information has been provided by the CDC, State of Michigan, Kent County Health Department, and Spectrum Health. For more information, as well as the most up to date information, please visit their respective links:
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