Dismissal: When students and staff should be dismissed from school

Screening Students and Staff for Symptoms > Dismissal

Students or staff may develop symptoms of COVID-19 while at school. Once a student or staff member develops symptoms, their ability to learn and teach may be decreased and they may be at risk for spreading illness to others. Students who develop these symptoms while at school should be placed in an area separate from staff and other students, until transportation can be arranged to send student(s) or staff home or to seek emergency medical attention.

Key considerations:

  • Symptoms exhibited by the student or staff
  • Student or Staff member’s close contacts and travel to communities of high transmission
  • Designated isolation room or area
  • Cleaning and disinfection of of areas occupied by the student or staff
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and other sources of authority, including district and school policies and procedures, and applicable standards of practice.

NASN Resources

COVID-19 Symptom Screener for Students Flowchart

COVID-19 Tracking Tool Sample

Considerations for School Nurses Regarding Care of Students and Staff that Become Ill at School or Arrive Sick

How to Manage Difficult Conversations Interactive activity

CDC Resources

COVID-19: Isolation and Precautions in Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs

When and How to Clean and Disinfect a Facility

Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning