Covid-19 symptoms

West Side has eliminated the required quarantine of students who are in close contact of Covid-positive individuals. The changes apply only to K-12 students. Under state Department of Human Services guidelines, preschool students will still be required to quarantine if identified as a probable close contact.

What do the changes mean?

  • Effective immediately, no K-12 students will be told to quarantine. Students now quarantined may return to school as soon as they are fever-free without the use of medication for 48 hours.

  • As has been the case, students with a temperature of 99.5 or higher should stay home and parents should contact the school.

  • Students must be fever-free for 48 hours without the use of medication before returning to school.

  • Students must be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Students who have two or more of the following symptoms -- cough or shortness of breath, chills, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell -- should stay home sick and parents should contact the school.

  • At home and at school, students should continue with healthy practices of frequent hand-washing or using hand sanitizer, coughing and sneezing in the elbow, and staying 3 feet or more from others whenever possible. Though not required, face coverings are recommended.