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Salem Public Schools: Respiratory Illness & COVID-19 Protocols

Salem School District COVID-19 & Respiratory Illness Protocols

Guidelines and protocols for preventing in-school transmissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 3/7/2024

What if my student isn't feeling well?

Home Assessment
The Salem School District asks that parents assess students prior to coming to school each day in an effort to help prevent respiratory viruses (including COVID-19, the Flu, and RSV,) from entering the school system.

We recommend symptomatic students stay home and away from others if they have respiratory virus symptoms. These symptoms can include fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, among others.

Symptomatic at School
Students displaying symptoms during the school day will be referred to the school nurse. If it is determined the symptoms could be the result of a respiratory virus, parents will be contacted and students may be dismissed from school.

When can my symptomatic student return to school?

Students can return to school when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:

  • Symptoms are getting better overall, no persistent cough, and
  • Student has been fever free for 24 hours without the use fever-reducing medication.

Is testing for COVID-19 still required?

Although testing to determine the cause of respiratory illness symptoms is advised, there is no requirement for symptomatic students to test prior to returning to school. Follow the same guidelines above for assessment and returning to school.

What happens if my student tests positive for COVID-19, the Flu, or RSV?

Students testing positive for any respiratory illness should follow the same recommendations above – stay home and return when symptoms are improving and students have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without any fever-reducing medication.

What does my student need to do when returning to school?

When your student returns to school, we recommend they take added precautions to prevent the potential transmission to other students. While your student may wish to wear a mask, this is not a requirement.