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Covid Symptom Procedures

Last Updated: 11/5/2021 5:18 PM


All Rose Tree Media School District families must help ensure that our students and staff remain safe by monitoring potential symptoms of COVID-19 and keeping children who are sick home. 

Please review this every morning prior to sending your student to school.  If your student has:

symptom checklist

You MUST keep your student home. They will need a negative COVID test based on the Pennsylvania Department of Health current exclusion criteria.


  • A negative rapid test is acceptable if the student has no known COVID exposure
  • A PCR or molecular test is required if there is a known exposure and symptoms
  • A rapid over-the-counter home test will not be accepted for clearance to return to school.
  • Results must be emailed/sent to your child’s school nurse before returning.
  • If the student gets both a rapid and a PCR, they cannot return until the results of both tests are negative

*If your student comes to school and has the above symptoms or develops them during the day they will be sent home and require a negative test to return to school

A link to other symptoms that would require your student to remain home can be found on the RTMSD website under “When to Keep Your Child at Home”.

Close Contact/Potential Exposure (outside of the school setting)

A student is a close contact if 

  1. The student has been within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case for 15 minutes or more during a 24 hour period or

  2. Someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19

IF NOT FULLY VACCINATED, your student should remain home and you should contact the school nurse.

IF FULLY VACCINATED AND EXPOSED TO COVID-19:  you may attend school if symptom free and wearing a mask.  You must contact the nurse for further guidance.

Please note, if a family member has been identified as a close contact, the other family members can continue to attend school.

Please find more detailed information regarding COVID on the RTMSD website under Covid FAQ