What health checks should I perform and when should I stay home? What if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19?

Update: February 27, 2021

Staff should stay home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. In addition, staff are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before leaving home. Staff must NOT come to any HCPSS building with any of the following symptoms:

  • 1 of the following:
    • New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;
    • New loss of taste or smell; OR 
  • 2 of the following:
    • Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours;
    • Fatigue;
    • Muscle or body aches; 
    • Headache; 
    • Sore throat; 
    • Congestion or runny nose;
    • Chills or shaking chills;
    • Nausea or vomiting; 
    • Diarrhea.

Additionally, staff who have been in close contact (within < 6 feet for a cumulative of >15 minutes over the past 24 hours with or without a mask) with anyone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 (exhibiting Covid-like Illness and has not tested negative after exhibiting symptoms) should not enter any HCPSS building.

Staff and students who travel out of state should review and follow the most recent travel advisories in Maryland.

Staff are to report positive cases to their school administrator or supervisor, who will then report this information to the school nurse or health room staff. The health room staff will then begin to determine close contacts within the school building and make those phone calls advising of the need to quarantine and/or get tested. The same process holds true for any COVID-Like Infection (CLI) symptoms.