Students AND staff who are ill need to remain at home. Individuals who are experiencing any of the following symptoms should stay home and self-isolate. Please refer to the COVID Symptom Flowchart. Families can reference this guide to see if their child should stay home from school. Families with children who have pre-existing illnesses or immunocompromising conditions should discuss any increased risk with their primary health provider.
Students should stay home if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unexplained fatigue, muscle
- Unexplained muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Should my child come to school if they’re not feeling well?
- Students AND staff who are ill need to remain at home. Individuals who are experiencing any of the above symptoms should stay home and self-isolate. Parents should alert the school nurse email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we are aware of student absences. In addition, parents should refer to the COVID Symptom Flowchart to determine next steps. Please note that at-home rapid tests, will not be accepted. Families with children who have pre-existing illnesses or immunocompromising conditions should discuss any increased risk with their primary health provider.
- STUDENTS MAY NOT RIDE THE BUS UNTIL CLEARED TO RETURN
What happens if my child begins feeling symptomatic while at school?
- FSI will isolate a sick student (or staff member) at school as soon as symptoms present, and send the individual home. If the student is not showing outwardly symptoms, but complains of not feeling well, at of an abundance of caution, we will send the student home. We are trying to keep all students and staff healthy so we can remain in school. Thank you for your understanding.
Does FSI provide Rapid Testing for families?
- FSI is able to test current FSI students, not immediate family members.
When should should my student be tested for Covid?
- FSI will test students or staff, if they have experience symptoms for 24 hours or more. Testing to soon could result in a false negative result.
- Rapid testing is available for students experiencing symptoms or fully vaccinated students after an exposure.
- Students who are not symptomatic, but wish to be tested for peace of mind should participate in the weekly pooled testing program on each Monday morning. Pooled Testing is a screening program each week which provides a PCR test result. This program is voluntary and requires parental consent. If you have signed the consent, your student will be tested every Monday morning. Parents will only be notified if your student was in a pool that resulted with a positive specimen. Click HERE to complete the consent process. Our school access code is FRANKLINSI
Do I need to set up and appointment for my student to be tested at school?
- Testing is available for rapid antigen testing each morning between the hours of 8:00am – 10:00am.
- Please email Jessica Peckham (email@example.com) to make aware you plan to bring your student in for testing.
What happens if my student was recently exposed to another individual who has been diagnosed with COVID?
- Parents should alert the school nurse firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to make sure we are aware of student absences and if the absence is due to illness.
- Please refer to this COVID – Exposure Flowchart for more information. Please email Jessica Peckhamjpeckham@thefsi.us or call 828-318-8140 to provide more information and dates to determine if quarantine is necessary.
- People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Please note that unvaccinated students cannot be cleared with a rapid test
What happens if I have read the above information and reviewed the COVID symptoms and exposure flowchart, and I am still confused about what I should do?
- Please contact our school nurse, Jessica Peckham( or by phone(828-318-8140), who will help you guide your way to next steps and your student’s return to school.