RIDOH: COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS

COVID-19 testing is available at test sites in your community and in schools. There is no cost to participate in COVID-19 testing.

Click here to search for a testing site near you and go to portal.ri.gov to make an appointment.

Best Practice for COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID -19

Covid-19 and Asthma, Allergies, or Chronic Health Conditions

IF YOUR CHILD HAS SYMPTOMS:

  • Report symptoms to the school nurse to determine if COVID-19 testing is required and whether siblings can attend school

  • Email the school nurse if illness occurs outside of school hours

  • Communication is important to ensure contact tracing if there is a positive case

IF YOUR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

  • Please notify the school nurse and teacher

  • Student must isolate at home for at least 5 days

  • If symptom-free on day 6 without fever reducing medication, student may come to school to be tested:

    • If negative, student can remain and wear high-quality, well-fitting masks at school for days 6-10, except when eating/drinking

    • If positive, student must finish a 10 day isolation and return to school on day 11

IF SOMEONE ELSE AT HOME IS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

  • Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic can continue to attend school

  • Students will be tested daily at school before class

  • Students should wear a mask for 10 days

  • Quarantine is still required for unvaccinated children with a positive household member

IF THERE IS A COVID-19 EXPOSURE AT SCHOOL:

  • We are no longer contact tracing in school

  • The whole class will be notified of the exposure if there is a positive case

  • Please monitor your child for symptoms daily

  • Keep your child home and get tested if they are ill

  • Students and staff who are exposed to a positive case should wear high-quality, well-fitting masks for 10 days after exposure

TRAVEL QUARANTINE INFORMATION:

  • There is no law requiring quarantine after travel, however, RIDOH strongly recommends following CDC guidance on travel quarantine as the best public health practice

  • More information about these recommendations can be found here

  • DOMESTIC TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

    • Vaccinated - do not need to test or self quarantine

    • Unvaccinated - test 3-5 days after travel, self-quarantine for 7 full days

  • INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

    • Vaccinated - test 3-5 days after travel, self-monitor for symptoms

    • Unvaccinated - test 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for 7 full days

  • Students are not able to participate in distance learning during travel quarantine

  • Please speak with your principal or school nurse if you have any questions

COVID-19 TESTING IN OUR SCHOOLS:

  • Nayatt School is no longer testing asymptomatic students

  • Individual results are entered into the RIDOH portal and parents will be notified

  • Thank you for your support of our efforts to expand the prevention, detection, and testing of COVID-19 in our state and within our schools

VACCINATION:

  • Voluntarily submit your child’s COVID-19 vaccination record HERE

  • Vaccination remains the most powerful strategy to keep children and families healthy and students learning in person and involved in extracurricular activities

  • RIDOH strongly encourages all eligible students, staff, and families to get vaccinated

  • Information about registering for a COVID-19 vaccine can be found HERE

FIND MORE INFORMATION FOR RI SCHOOLS IN THE UPDATED PLAYBOOK. PLEASE SPEAK TO THE SCHOOL NURSE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AS OUR DISTRICT PLAN MAY VARY.

Core Roles of School Nurses