What to do when your child is sick
To help protect other students and staff from potential exposure, we ask that you keep your child at home
whenever they exhibit a new onset of cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, runny
nose/congestion, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, body aches/fatigue, chills,
stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting or new loss of taste or smell. If your child has a chronic condition, and one or
more of the symptoms mentioned above are frequently seen, please make sure you provide a doctor’s note to
the nurse to keep on file. If no health information is on file for your child, they may be sent home when
presenting with the symptoms above.
Here is what you need to do if your child exhibits cold or flu-like symptoms:
1. Keep your child home and keep all District siblings at home as well unless they are fully vaccinated.
2. Call the nurse if symptoms may have another cause (i.e., vaccination side effects, pain from an injury,
3. Pick up your child from school if you get a call from the nurse during the school day. Pick up siblings as
well, unless they are fully vaccinated.
4. GET YOUR CHILD A COVID TEST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Delays in getting tested can result in
additional missed school days.
a. What kind of COVID test should you get? PCR COVID tests are preferred. PCR tests are more
accurate and are the gold standard for COVID testing. We will also accept FDA/EUA home
antigen tests. We ask that you, (1) read the directions carefully to prevent user/sample collection
error, and (2) write the date and your child’s initials on the front of the test. You will need to send
a photo of the negative test result to clear your child for return to school.
b. There are many local options that offer PCR testing (such as Curative.com, Stanford, etc.), and
some sites take walk-ups. Average return time for results is 36-48 hours.
5. If your child’s test is NEGATIVE: he/she may return to school 24 hours (1 day) after his/her symptoms
a. Once the symptomatic child receives a negative test result, siblings may return to school
(siblings do NOT need to test unless they are symptomatic).
6. If your child’s test is POSITIVE: he/she should isolate at home, separate from others in the household,
and call the District Nurse, Lianne Jemelian, at 650-321-7140 x5913 to report the test result and for
7. If you choose NOT to test your child for COVID: he/she will need to isolate at home for 10 days from
when symptoms first started (equal to the isolation time for COVID), AND be fever-free for 24 hours (1
day, without the use of fever reducing medicine) AND be symptom-free for 24 hours. Your child must
meet the above criteria before being cleared to return to school.
If your child is an elementary school student, and they miss school due to being sick, you should request an
Independent Study Plan (ISP) from the school office. Students must complete their ISP for their absences to be
excused. Students in Middle School are not required to have an ISP, but should instead consult Schoology and
their teacher for daily assignments.
Please follow up with your school’s site nurse regarding your child’s symptoms and their COVID test results
once received. Please keep your child(ren) (and siblings) home until results are reviewed by the nurse and
your child(ren) have been cleared to return to school. Please note: If your child returns to school before being
cleared, they will be sent home.
Thank you for helping to keep us all safe by following MPCSD guidelines.