Daily Wellness Check
Please Keep Your Child Home if they Have COVID-19 Symptoms or if they Feel Sick
The single most important thing to do is for students and staff to STAY HOME if they are feeling sick or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19.
Families should use this Symptoms Checklist every morning before school to check your child for COVID-19 Symptoms.
Please KEEP YOUR STUDENT AT HOME if they have any of the symptoms listed.
Our collective health depends on individual attention and responsibility. Note that some symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu, a cold, or allergies; please do not assume it is another condition. When in doubt, stay home.
Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves.
Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)
Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Headache when in combination with other symptoms
Muscle aches or body aches
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
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 staff or students have any of these symptoms, they must get a test for active COVID-19 infection prior to returning to school.
Is it allergies, a cold, the flu, or COVID-19?
Click here to see a simple comparison of the different types of symptoms for each of these ailments.
What should I do if my child has symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19?
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or has had a positive test, please do the following:
Contact your school nurse and tell them. Here is a list of school nurses and their contact information.
If your child has symptoms at home, follow these instructions.
If your child has a positive test for COVID-19, follow these instructions.
What will GPS do if students or staff have symptoms or a if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our schools?
Here is what Gloucester Public Schools will do in the following scenarios: