Covid-19 Guidelines from DHEC (Updated March 2024)

  • Exclusion for Positive COVID-19 Cases
    • Positive cases will be excluded until at least 24 hours after fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicines and symptoms are significantly improving.
    • Reporting positive cases is not required, but parents and staff are encouraged to inform their school nurse of COVID-19 cases as well as other illnesses. 
     
    Monitoring for Respiratory Illness Outbreak (RSV, COVID-19, Flu, and similar illnesses)
    • School nurses will continue to monitor for outbreaks of a variety of illnesses in our schools.
    • A respiratory illness outbreak is identified when 20% or more of the individuals within a shared setting (classroom, shared childcare room, sports team, or other group comprised of five or more people) are absent or sent home due to a respiratory illness within a 72-hour period.
      • Symptoms qualifying for respiratory illness include a temperature of 100 degrees or greater combined with a cough and/or sore throat 
      • In the event of an outbreak, the regional DHEC office is notified and provides next guidance.

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