MPS COVID Related Health Screening Process for Students 2020-2021


Prior to arrival at school or entrance on the school bus, each student will be evaluated at home by their parent or guardian for the presence of symptoms related to Covid-19 infection. Please refer to CDC Guideline on Symptoms of Coronavirus at “People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported- ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People are advised to seek medical attention if they have the NEW ONSET of any of these symptoms:

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Students Exhibiting Symptoms at School

In the event of anyone exhibiting symptoms at school, the parent or guardian will be notified by the School Nurse of the student’s status and the parent will pick the student up from school within 30 minutes of notification from the Health Office. 

Students Exhibiting Symptoms at Home

If a student has any of these symptoms present, they should remain at  home from school and seek guidance from their medical advisor. Parents or guardians will provide documentation from their medical providers they have received medical clearance to return to school. The parent or guardian will also agree to notify their child’s school nurse and share their symptoms. Students will not have review of symptoms done at school. It is imperative that parents understand that young students can be poor reporters of symptoms and this may lead to over or under reporting. If a student has no symptoms, including no elevated temperature and has not received any antipyretic (fever reducing) medications (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) prior to their arrival at school, they may attend school wearing their face coverings. It is the assumption of this agreement that any student who is sent to school by bus or drop off has had no symptoms in the past 24 hours. 

Students who are symptomatic with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

Students who are symptomatic with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will be excluded from school, based upon Symptom Based Strategy, until: 

  • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement of all symptoms; and 
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared 
  • People who are confirmed with a positive COVID-19 test but exhibit no symptoms may return to school when either ten days have passed since their first positive COVID-19 test, assuming they have not developed any symptoms. 
  • Refer to CDC guidance on how to properly self- quarantine when instructed to do so

Student COVID Cases Review

The school nurse will notify the Covid-19 Compliance Liaisons of any symptomatic or positive tested student and document their symptom profile and dates of illness on a district-wide tracking chart to be shared weekly with the Superintendent.