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As of July 18, 2023, DHEC no longer lists specific symptoms of COVID-19 that lead to school/ childcare exclusion.

Instead, school exclusion is based on fever or Influenza-like illness. Students and employees testing positive for COVID-19 will still need to isolate for 5 days. It is Highly Recommended that when you return to school you wear a mask for days 6-10. Parents should report Positive COVID-19 tests to the School Nurse and the attendance secretary by sending them a copy of the positive test results from a health care provider or the Attestation forms on this page.

Influenza/ Influenza like Illness (ILI)

ILI is defined as an oral temperature of > 100° F with a COUGH and/or SORE THROAT for which there is no other known cause).
Exclude individuals until at least 24 hours after fever* has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medicines *See Fever entry page 7.

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Exclusion for Fever

Exclude any individual with temperature 100.4°F or higher without other symptoms.


Note: During outbreaks or under special circumstances, DHEC may change the length of an exclusion period, and also apply the exclusion criteria to other students, children and staff who are not confirmed by laboratory testing but who display the same symptoms of illness as lab-confirmed cases.
Respiratory illness outbreak: 20% or more of students/staff within a shared setting of more than 5 individuals (i.e., a classroom, sports team, or other epidemiologically linked group) absent or sent home due to a respiratory illness within a 72-hour period.

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