Notes from the Nurse

August 20, 2021

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In this issue...


  • Plano ISD Return to School Manual
  • Plano ISD Family Updates
  • Student Reporting Form for Covid-19
  • How to Report an Absence Related to Covid-19
  • Covid-19 Symptoms
  • Awaiting Covid-19 Test Results
  • When to Keep Your Child Home from School
  • Mask Recommendations

Complete a Student Reporting Form if...

  • Your child tests positive for Covid-19


Click the button above or this link to report: Student Reporting Form


Once the report is received, your school nurse will contact you with additional information.


You can also e-mail the nurse directly at: Christina.Allen@pisd.edu

Covid-19 Symptoms

Monitor your child daily for these symptoms. Students with these symptoms should not enter campus.


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


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.

Awaiting a Covid-19 Test Result

Students awaiting results of Covid-19 testing may not attend school.

Symptoms of Covid-19

Covid-19 Testing

Click here for local Covid-19 Testing Sites, many of which are free or low cost.

When to keep your child home from school

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free of symptoms, has been satisfactorily treated or submits a signed physician’s statement that he/she is not contagious.


Please note: students with symptoms likely to be Covid-19 or that have been diagnosed with Covid-19 will adhere to the return to school requirements specific to Covid-19 symptoms as detailed below. Many flu-like symptoms are also symptoms of Covid-19.


  1. Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more without other symptoms. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without requiring the use of fever-reducing medication, before re-entry.
  2. Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever.
  3. Undiagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp.
  4. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication, before re-entry.
  5. Red, draining eyes.
  6. Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection.
  7. Open, draining lesions that cannot be contained in a clean, dry bandage.
  8. Symptoms likely to be Covid-19: at least two of the following symptoms: fever/chills, fatigue, body/muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea or at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


  • Quarantine Period for symptoms likely to be Covid-19: The individual may return to school/work when fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset OR until the individual receives a negative PCR or antigen test OR until the individual receives a doctor's note indicating an alternative diagnosis for the symptoms and releasing the individual to return to school/work.


  • Quarantine Period for Confirmed Covid-19: The individual may return to school/work when fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset AND symptoms have improved.
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