The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is offering guidelines for parents and students on when they should stay home from school due to COVID-19, especially since the Center For Disease Control (CDC) has said there are high risk and low risk symptoms associated with the disease.
The CDC said if a student has one high risk symptom, which according to the Iowa Department of Public Health includes cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell, or two low risk symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle and body aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, they should stay home for 10 days, get a COVID test, and only return when its negative, or get permission to attend from a health care provider.
The IDPH said if students fall into either of these categories they should stay home and seek an evaluation from a health care provider. If a person tests negative for COVID-19 or they are diagnosed with another disease- they can return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and symptoms improving. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they can return to school 10 days after the symptoms have started and after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) and symptoms improving.
The IDPH also said if schools have a positive percentage of COVID that is between 0 to 14 percent or less, they can offer on site learning and hybrid learning based on students being quarantined. If the positive percentage is between 15 and 20 percent or over 20 percent then schools may request remote learning for 14 days for an entire building. The Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public can determine whether schools can go to 100 percent remote learning.