Health and Hygiene tips for students and family members Last Updated: 10/16/2020 5:04 PM


Students and Families of Philipsburg-Osceola, we hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this time! The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Information from the School Nurses regarding COVID-19:

When should I keep my child home from school? 

  • When they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that are not associated with any other known illness.  
  • Only ONE of the following symptoms is enough of a sign that the CDC recommends keeping your child home: 
    • fever (temp above 100.0 degrees F)
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • difficulty breathing 
    • new lack of smell or taste

Or TWO of the following:

  • sore throat
  • runny nose/congestion
  • chills
  • muscle pain
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue

Should I notify the school of potential exposures outside of school? 

  • Please keep your child home and contact the school nurse if your child has been in close contact with a family member or person who has tested positive for COVID-19 -OR- if you have been​ contacted by the Department of Health (DOH) contact tracer and have been asked to quarantine. 
  • Any student/staff who is asked to quarantine by a contact tracer must be cleared to return to school by the DOH.

What happens if my child is sent home ill from school? 

  • If your child is sent home with a fever (over 100.0 degrees F) and​ COVID-19 symptoms, you​ shall be required to provide a doctor’s note and/or a release from the Department of Health to return to school. 

What happens if my child tests positive?

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) nurse will contact you.  You will follow their protocol for contact tracing, quarantine, and return to school plan.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive, they will be required to provide a release from their doctor and/or DOH to return to school. 

What happens if someone (student or staff) in my child’s classroom tests positive for COVID-19?

  • If there is a positive case within the school district, the Department of Health (DOH) will contact the school. We will be asked to provide names and contact numbers for students/staff who are considered a close contact of the positive case (students/staff in the same classroom, bus, etc.). This is part of the contact tracing guidelines for the health and safety of all students and staff, and no additional personal information​ will be given. 
  • At that point, the Department of Health will direct the school to follow a specified procedure/protocol.  Philipsburg-Osceola SD will follow all current DOH/PDE guidelines concerning cleaning, school closures, communication with the school community, etc.  This may include one or more of the following:
  • Vigilant symptom monitoring

○ Quarantine

○ Temporary classroom closures for disinfecting/cleaning

  • Students and staff will be required to provide a doctor’s note and/or a release from the Department of Health before returning to school following a positive test.

  How will students return to school following COVID -19 related absences?

  • Doctor’s notes and/or DOH releases must be either emailed/faxed directly to the school -OR- delivered in person by a parent or guardian to the office. 
  • Students must be transported to the school by parents/guardians and report to the office before returning to classes.

Will my child still be able to receive required medications and health services throughout the school day? 

  • Yes, there will be separate “well” and sick areas in the health office for medication administration, treatments, and first aid care. There will also be a separate room for isolation. 


By following the recommended guidelines, staying home, and practicing good hygiene, you can help prevent the spread of illness and disease. It is critical to use good hygiene etiquette in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue. Place your tissue immediately in a wastebasket. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

*Please view the following to ensure you are covering your cough correctly:

  • Wash your hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water, or a 60% alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available. 

*Please view the following to ensure you are practicing proper handwashing technique: 

  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep a safe distance from others when you must go out.
  • Last but not least, keep your mind and body active. Enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Stay connected with friends and family through social media, phone calls, email, facetime or handwritten letters. Play board games or read a new book. Create art using colored pencils, paint or side walk chalk. There are hundreds of online resources available with activities, games and crafts to enjoy with your family.


Here is an excellent resource for how to talk to your student about COVID-19:

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