Vermont Department of Health Guidance for Families

Spetember 7, 2021

Dear OSSD Community,

Please find below the updated information for families from the Vermont Department of Health.  Please remember that our COVID Coordinators are the gatekeepers for who should quarantine and who may return to school after quarantine, please do not hesitate to reach out to them with any questions.

  • Beth Osha for Elementary Students and Staff: 802-728-9555
  • Sadie Lyford for High School and Technical Center Staff: 802-728-3397

**If you are calling from a land line you must dial the area code first (802) to reach any school number.

VTDOH Guidance for Families

This guidance was developed by public health and healthcare professionals using proven public health principles. It may be revised in response to changing local and state circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health, regardless of your child’s vaccination status, consult your child’s healthcare provider. What happens if my child has symptoms at home or gets sick in school?

If your child has any of the COVID-19 symptoms listed below, keep them home from school and call the school to report their absence and to talk to a COVID Coordinator.

If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms listed below while at school, they will be moved to an area set up specifically for students not feeling well and you will be called to come pick up your child as soon as possible.

You are encouraged to sign a consent form that allows information to be shared between your child’s school nurse and healthcare provider when your child is sick.

Decisions about when a student may return to school should be made with the school’s COVID Coordinator, the student’s healthcare provider, and the family. These decisions ensure the health and safety of your child’s school and community.

When does my child need a COVID-19 test?

Here are the current pediatric symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Runny Nose
  • Muscle Aches
  • Loss of Smell or Taste
  • Headache

If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms for longer than 24 hours, they should obtain a COVID[1]19 PCR test. Consider having your child tested earlier than 24 hours if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, headache, or loss of taste or smell. These are symptoms commonly experienced by children testing positive for COVID-19 in Vermont. If your child experiences allergy symptoms that are on the list above, COVID-19 PCR tests are recommended during this time of increased circulation of the COVID-19 virus.  The link below provides information on where and how to get tested:


Layne Millington

OSSD Superintendent