School COVID-19 quarantines are a set of rules enforced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of an influenza pandemic. They dictate how much time a student must be off school before returning. Schools may not exceed a maximum number of days without conducting an active screening which includes getting blood drawn for testing.
All students in Grades 9–12 are required to take the COVID-19 test which will determine whether they are immune to influenza. The CDC mandates that schools must conduct flu vaccination clinics, starting in mid-November. Principal’s offices may invite medical professionals (including nurses, physician assistants or physician) to assist parents with enrolling their children.
Public health officials recommend that all children get the flu vaccine every year, but some who have been vaccinated still contract the illness with most cases milder than others. In most cases of flu, symptoms appear from 3-5 days after contracting it with most people seeking medical attention within 2 days of onset of flu symptoms. Antibiotics may be used to treat viral infections, but not bacterial ones. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses so it is best to avoid the unnecessary use of antibiotics.
School COVID-19 quarantines are expected to decrease the spread of illness. Children should receive their shots before school starts in order for them to be protected immediately or just prior to flu season, which takes place in the fall, typically October every year. The CDC has set up visit days for schools in preparation for flu vaccination clinics. Parents may sign up online or come into their child’s school office and talk with a health care professional about receiving a flu shot.