Illness Protocols & Practices

Illness Protocols and Practices

The Sioux City Community School District has implemented protocols and practices to promote the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

When Students/Staff Should Remain Home

Students and staff should remain home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. They can return to school when their symptoms have improved or they have a negative COVID-19 test. Please call your student’s school to report an absence due to illness.

The Sioux City Community School District illness policy also requires students to stay home:

  • The first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment for an alternative illness (strep throat, etc.)
  • When experiencing undiagnosed, new, and/or untreated rash or skin conditions
  • If questionable or undiagnosed pink eye appears

When Students Exhibit Illness Symptoms at School

If a student becomes sick at school, appears to have a fever, or has possible COVID-19 symptoms, they will be moved to the nurse’s office. The student’s parent/guardian will be contacted.

When a Positive COVID-19 Case is Confirmed

The identity of the individual with a COVID-19 positive result is confidential. This individual will not be allowed to return to school for five days since symptoms first appeared, at least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and other COVID-19 symptoms are improving.

Close Contacts of a COVID-19 Positive Case

Close contacts of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to stay home after exposure, but they should monitor symptoms for 14 days after the exposure.

Students who have been exposed but not tested positive for COVID-19 are not excluded from school activities (including extra-curricular activities) as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Academic Instruction During Absence Due to Illness

The Sioux City Community School District supports students with acute and/or chronic health conditions. Short-term absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and instructional materials will be provided for continued learning.

Sioux City Community Schools follows CDC guidance as well as guidance from Siouxland District Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The District will adjust protocols and procedures as guidance changes.