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Student Daily COVID-19 Health Screening

State guidance requires mandatory daily health screenings of students attending school for in-person instruction. The ICSD has licensed the Frontline Health Portal to allow caregivers to easily conduct their children's screenings on a secure, remote platform before they go to school each morning.

On this page, you will find an overview of the questions asked on the daily health screener, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. For help completing the screener, visit our Frontline Health Portal Instructions page.

Screening Questions

The screening asks questions regarding student testing status, symptoms, exposures, and travel. If you check any of the boxes for your child on the screening, your child must stay home, and we ask that you contact a health care provider for further direction. The date on which your child can then return to school depends on their risk factors, as outlined below.

View our Symptom Screening Guidance for Families>>
Screening Question
In the last 24 hours has your child experienced any of the following (check all that apply)
  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Fever of 100°F or higher, or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
When to Return to School
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19*, your local health department will contact you with isolation instructions. Your child can return to school upon release from isolation by the health department.

If your child has COVID-19 related symptoms and does not get tested, they may return to school 10 days after onset of symptoms if fever free (without fever-reducing medication) and with the improvement of symptoms for 3 days (72 hours).

If your child has COVID-19 related symptoms and tests negative*, they may return to school with symptom improvement, including being fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) AND with a note from a healthcare provider indicating the test was negative OR with a copy of the negative test result.

If your child has COVID-19 related symptoms and was previously excluded for the same symptoms, they may return to school with a healthcare provider note diagnosing an underlying chronic condition, including a previous negative COVID-19 test.

*A molecular diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
Screening Question
Has your child recently (check all that apply)
  • Been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for or had symptoms of COVID-19? (Close contact means being within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes).
  • Traveled internationally or out-of-state (except Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont)?
When to Return to School
If your child has had a known COVID-19 exposure and your local health department has placed them under quarantine restrictions, they may return to school upon release from quarantine by the health department. For information on what to do if your child is a "contact of a contact" (a contact of someone who has been in close or proximate contact with a positive case), please review the NYS Department of Health's guidance.

If a member of your household has COVID-19 related symptoms, your child may return to school if they themself remain symptom-free and the individual with symptoms tests negative for COVID-19*.

If your child has traveled out of New York State for more than 24 hours, they may exit quarantine early and return to school after:

  1. obtaining a negative COVID-19 test* within 3 days of departure to New York State;
  2. quarantining for 3 days upon arrival in New York State; AND
  3. obtaining another negative COVID-19 test* on day 4 of quarantine.**

If your child has traveled out of New York State for less than 24 hours, they do not need to get tested prior to departure to New York or quarantine upon arrival, but must get tested on day 4 of being back in New York.

Note: Travelers to/from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont are exempt from the NYS travel advisory.

*A molecular diagnostic test (i.e., PCR) is required
**Both tests must be negative to exit quarantine early

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has a temperature of 100.0, can I give them fever-reducing medicine and send them to school?
No. If your child has a temperature of 100°F or higher, they must stay home from school. 
Where do I enter my child's temperature on the screener?
You do not need to record your child's temperature on the screener or provide any additional information beyond affirming or negating their status regarding testing and symptoms. 
My child has a pre-existing condition and they often have one or more of these symptoms. What should I do?
Please check the box next to any of the symptoms that are new.
When can I send my child back to school if they answer in the affirmative to any of the questions?
The date on which students can return to school depends on their risk factors (symptoms, known exposures, test results, etc.), as outlined in our Protocol for Students Returning to School.
What happens if we forget to fill out the screener?
If you forget to complete the screener for your child, their building administrator(s) will receive a notification, and someone at the school will take their temperature upon arrival. 
If a child has multiple caregivers, does each caregiver need to complete the daily health screener?
No. Only one parent/caregiver needs to fill out the screener each day for their child. 
My child only attends school in person 2 days per week. Do I have to fill out the screener for them on the days they're remote?
No. Only fill out the screener on days your child attends school in person.