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When Your Child Has COVID-19 Symptoms


AUSD’s COVID-19 protocols comply with the Alameda County Public Health Department’s guidelines for schools. Under those guidelines, students or staff who display any COVID-19 symptoms (even mild ones) must isolate for 10 days from the date the symptoms began unless COVID-19 is ruled out. 


Those symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.0 F or more) or chills 

  • Cough 

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

  • Fatigue 

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • Sore throat  

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea

When can my child return to school?

Under ACPHD guidelines, your child will be able to return to campus ten days after their symptoms began as long as:


  • their symptoms are improving; 

  • they are without a fever (100 F) for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) 

  • they have not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours  

Please note that your child can return to campus before the end of the 10 day isolation period if:


  • You provide a note from your healthcare provider stating that the symptom(s) are not due to COVID-19. This note must include the provider's practice information, contact information, and signature; or

  • You provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. This needs to be a PCR or molecular test (versus an antigen test).

    • Note: Please do not take your child to AUSD’s testing sites during your isolation period. The negative PCR test needs to come from an outside provider. If you are unable to get a test through your child’s provider, you can find community testing sites here ( 


What if my child has a chronic condition with COVID-19 symptoms?

 We understand that some students have chronic conditions - such as asthma, allergy, and somatic stress reactions - that create symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.  If your child has such a condition, please have your doctor fill out our Chronic Medical Condition form, so we can take that into account while analyzing your child's symptoms.

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