COVID-19 FAQs

Carlisle Area School District

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
    • According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms of COVID -19 include:
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea

         

  • Should my child stay home if they show COVID-19 signs or symptoms?
    • Yes. They should also be seen by their health care provider and/or get tested for COVID-19.

       

  • What should I do if my child has symptoms at school?
    • You will need to pick up your child as soon as possible and arrange for a COVID-19 test.  If you opt not to have your child tested or evaluated by a healthcare provider, they may be excluded from school for 10 days after the start of symptoms.

       

  • Can my child be at school while waiting for COVID-19 test results?
    • No. Your child must stay home while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

       

  • What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
    • Keep your child home and contact the school nurse.

       

  • If I test positive for COVID-19, can my child still go to school?
    • No. Your child will be required to quarantine at home during the 10-day isolation period of the infected person AND for the 10 days following the isolation period.  This could be a total of 20 days. Your school nurse will provide instructions for when your child can return to school and options that may end quarantine early.

     

  • My child has been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, can he/she still go to school?
    • No. Your child will be required to quarantine at home for 10 days after the last date of exposure to the positive person.  Your school nurse will provide instructions for when your child can return to school and options that may end quarantine early.

       

  • My child has been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 but is vaccinated, can he/she still go to school?
    • Yes, if student is fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks after the second administration of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2 weeks after the single administration of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and proof of vaccination is provided to the school nurse.  In this case, your child does not need to quarantine at home, but should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the last date of exposure and wear a mask indoors.  If any symptoms do develop, then he/she should be seen by their health care provider and/or get tested for COVID-19.

       

  • My child is showing symptoms but is vaccinated, should he/she stay home?
    • Yes.  They should also be seen by their health care provider and/or get tested for COVID-19.  If your child has symptoms at school, he/she will be sent home and should be seen by their health care provider or tested for COVID-19. If you opt not to have your child tested or evaluated by a healthcare provider, they may be excluded from school for 10 days after the start of symptoms.

       

  • Are home COVID tests acceptable for return to school?
  • No. PCR or rapid antigen tests are accepted. All testing must be completed at a pharmacy, medical office, or other COVID-19 testing site.