A 14-day quarantine is indicated under two circumstances:
- When you have traveled outside New England
- When you have been in close contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19
You cannot “test out” of a 14-day quarantine. The reason for this is that you may test positive anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. For example, you might test negative on Day 8, return to school, but develop symptoms and test positive on Day 10, thereby exposing everyone between Days 8-10. The likelihood of testing positive from the same exposure after day 14 is low, so we would welcome your child back to school after 14 days. Please have them visit the Nurse Office (F741) the morning of their return.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
Please communicate with the Nurse Office if your child has a preexisting condition that could mimic any COVID symptom (see Parent Guide link below). Headache ALONE does not necessitate a 10-day isolation. Any other single COVID-related symptom will require further assessment and collaboration with parent.
Only “New or Unexplained” onset of symptoms will warrant dismissal so if there is an explanation for symptoms and it can be managed at school, they are allowed to stay as long as we are notified. You may contact the Nurse Office anytime to provide this information.
DO YOUR PART
We are working closely with the NH Department of Public Health and closely monitoring illnesses and absences. We ask that you do your part to help us stay in school this year. Stay home if you have symptoms, wear masks and practice proper handwashing, and follow isolation and quarantine guidelines as needed. Please see the Resources section below for more information, and do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL NURSING STAFF
Amy Williams, RN
Adrienne Haglin, RN
Jameson Jablonski, LNA