Illness Indicators / Sick Day Guidelines

Guidelines for when students should stay home from school during the COVID-19 pandemic 

1. Stay home if you: 

  • Have one or more symptoms in Group A OR  
  • Have two or more symptoms in Group B OR  
  • Are taking fever reducing medication. 

Group A 
1 or more symptoms 

Group B 
2 or more symptoms 

Fever (100.4 F. or higher) 
Shortness of breath 
Difficulty breathing 
New loss of smell 
New loss of taste 

Myalgia (muscle aches) 
Sore throat 
Congestion or runny nose 

If your child’s symptoms meet the criteria for keeping them home from school, please contact your healthcare provider, inform them of your child’s symptoms, and follow their advice.

2.  Stay home if you have had a Positive COVID-19 Test, or are awaiting results of a test. 
3.  Stay home if a parent, guardian, sibling, or other household contact is sick and has had a Positive COVID-19 Test.   

4. Stay home if you have traveled to any state outside of Pennsylvania. Please follow the guidelines on the link below. (Note: SASD is applying these guidelines to students of all ages). 


  • Question: My Dad is sick with COVID-like symptoms, and is scheduled to get a COVID-19 test.  Do I need to stay home? 
  • Answer: You do not need to stay home unless your Dad (or household contact) is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, or if you develop symptoms. 
    A person only needs to quarantine when they have been identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 positive case or have been presumed positive.
  • Question: My sibling was exposed to a COVID-19 positive person at soccer practice, and must quarantine for 14 days.  Do I need to stay home from school and quarantine too?   
  • Answer: You do not need to stay home unless you or your sibling (or other household contact), become symptomatic and/or confirmed COVID-19 positive. 
  • Question: My mom traveled to another state and is quarantined for 14 days. Do I need to quarantine too? 
  • Answer: No, you only need to quarantine if you traveled to a state outside of Pennsylvania.  

Presumed positive = When someone has had "close contact" with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 AND exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, he/she is presumed positive for COVID-19. Therefore, if someone has had close contact with an individual who has symptoms but has not had a positive test result, no contact tracing or quarantining is required.

Close contact = Someone who has been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual (or presumed-positive individual) for 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask.

Because it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to decide when to send a child to school due to illness, the SASD Medical Director has suggested the following guidelines for parents:

  1. Nausea – If your child wakes up in the morning of school complaining of stomach upset, feeling like he/she may vomit, and does not want to eat breakfast, strongly consider keeping your child home from school this day. If after one or two hours, your child is feeling better, you could have him/her attend school later in the day.

  2. Vomiting – If your child has been vomiting during the previous night or the morning of the school day, keep him/her home from school that day.

  3. Fever – If your child has a fever the morning of school, do not send him/her to school that day. (Fever is regarded as elevated temperature one degree above the baseline temperature; typically this would be a temperature greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.)

  4. Remaining Indoors – If a child must remain indoors because of a health reason, he/she must bring a note from his/her parent stating the reason for such an excuse. If the child is to remain indoors for more than three days, a doctor’s excuse must be furnished. The child will sit in the nurse’s or main office for the recess period.