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Guidelines For School Attendance

Attendance Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Rockport Public Schools: COVID-19 Protocols 22-23:
COVID-19 Guidance from MA DPH/DESE located here:
COVID-19 symptoms:

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff
should monitor themselves for each day BEFORE coming to school. Students and staff should NOT come into the school building and should contact their school nurse if they are experiencing the following:

• Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• New loss of taste or smell
• Muscle aches or body aches
• Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
• Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
• Headache when in combination with other symptoms
• Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
• Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in
combination with other symptoms
If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms, please notify your school nurse for further guidance
School nurses are here to help and answer questions or any concerns that you may have!  
Respect and as much confidentiality as possible will be maintained at all times.  Some information, such as positive COVID-19 test results, may need to be shared with the Rockport Board of Health.
  *PLEASE reach out to your school nurse if:
  • Your child has symptoms
  • Your child or household members/close contacts have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • You have any questions or need more guidance . 
General Guidelines:
Generally speaking, any child with a fever of 100.0 and above or an illness with fever that produces chills, muscle aches, sore throat, or sweating should remain at home until 24 hours after the fever has resolved without using fever reducing medicine (ex: Tylenol/Acetaminophen, Motrin/Ibuprofen, Aleve/Naproxen)  however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to the above guidelines.

Strep-throat, Conjunctivitis or impetigo (a rash with pustules) requires 24 hours of medication as prescribed by the physician before a student returns to school.

A child with a rash or skin condition that is undiagnosed by a physician should remain at home until all lesions are healed, or the child is seen and cleared by their physician.

Parents whose children have had any of the above conditions should contact the school nurse so that we may ease the transition back to school after an illness and implement communicable disease control in the school or classroom.

Generally speaking, your child may attend school with a cold, however, if your child has copious amount of nasal drainage or persistent coughing that interferes with the ability to participate in class they should stay home.  Children with persistent cold symptoms should see their primary care physician. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children with cold like symptoms should not attend school, please refer to the above COVID-19 guidelines for more details.

The School Nurses do not have cold medicine in the school. If your child requires cold medicine before school, chances are that will wear off by lunchtime. If you feel that your child will need another dose of over the counter medicine while at school, please call the school nurse, plan to bring the medicine in, and fill out the Medication Authorization form. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children with cold like symptoms should not attend school, please refer to the above COVID-19 guidelines for more details.

If a mid-day dose of antibiotics is required, no-problem! Call the school nurse and we can accommodate your child's needs. You can print the Medication Authorization Form from the web-page. A responsible adult (age 18 or older) must bring medicine to school.

Your child may attend school if he/she needs short-term inhalers or nebulizers for acute Reactive Airway Disease/Asthma or Cold. Please fill out the Student Asthma Action Plan Form and have your child's physician sign it. More pediatricians are prescribing inhalers for persistent cold symptoms. Ask your pediatrician for an extra inhaler for school or call the school nurse to make arrangements. While your there, ask your pediatrician for a spacer (Aerochamber), it makes it easier for you child to inhale the medication and its more effective.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our school a healthy place to learn.