Atlanta Public Schools: Guidelines for Keeping Children Home from School Due to Illness
When a child is unwell, their academic performance may be affected, and there is a potential risk of spreading the illness to other children and staff within the school environment. Using guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we have established comprehensive guidelines to help determine when it is advisable for children to stay home from school due to illness. Please review the information and documents below.
The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has also created a Common Infectious Illness poster with additional guidance that can be found here: https://www.choa.org/-/media/Files/Childrens/medical-professionals/nursing-resources/infectious-illness-poster-2022.pdf?la=en&hash=83C4AE86AE62A879046FF688D51443381234E3C6
Respiratory illnesses can pose significant challenges in the school setting, affecting students and staff members. These illnesses, such as the common cold, flu, or more severe conditions like COVID-19, can spread easily in close-knit environments like schools. Addressing respiratory health in schools is crucial for maintaining a safe and conducive learning environment.
Report Respiratory Illnesses here:
- Staff self-report form: http://tinyaps.com/?CovidStaffForm
- Student self-report form: http://tinyaps.com/?CovidStudentForm
These documents should be used as a guide only. If there are any concerns regarding infectious diseases or symptoms, it is recommended that parents consult with their child's pediatrician or healthcare provider. Students may visit our APS Care Centers for further evaluation. For more information on APS Care Centers, please see https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/65939.