COVID-19 Testing and Health Care Information
If your child becomes sick with possible COVID-19 symptoms at school, they may be offered a COVID-19 test, in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Please download and return the consent form. It must be completed for your child to get a COVID-19 test. A negative COVID-19 test OR 10 days of quarantine at home is required for your child to return to school.
COVID-19 Test for Children Who Become Sick at School
When would my child be tested at school? Children will be tested if they show COVID-19-like symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath. View information on COVID-19 symptoms and when to stay at home.
Will I be called before a test happens? Children who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will need to be picked up from school AND also meet the criteria for a COVID-19 test. If you have completed a consent form before this event, the School Nurse will call your current phone number in our records and attempt to speak with you before performing the test, however, with a completed consent form, the test can be done even if the parent/guardian is unable to be reached. If you have not completed a consent form before coming to pick up your child, you can complete one upon arrival at the school.
What if my child won’t sit still for the test? COVID-19 tests will not be done if a student refuses the test or cannot sit still for the test. In those cases, the School Nurse will refer the student to Nationwide Children’s Hospital or the student’s primary care provider for a COVID-19 test.
What is the COVID-19 test like? The COVID-19 test is a swab (like a long Q-tip) that goes up the nose for a count of 10. Again, if students are unable or unwilling to cooperate with the test, the School Nurse will refer the student to Nationwide Children’s Hospital or the student’s primary care provider for a COVID-19 test.
What happens after a positive test? You will be called with results by the school nurse and the Nationwide Children’s School Health nurse practitioner. Guidance will be given over the phone regarding quarantine and if further services are needed.
What happens if my child’s test is negative? You will be called by the school nurse with the results and be given guidance on when your child can return to school. If your child is showing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) outside of school, they should stay at home and not go to school.
What to do if your child is showing COVID-19 symptoms outside of school
To schedule them for a COVID-19 test:
- Call your primary care provider first or
- Call the Nationwide Children’s COVID-19 Testing Line, available 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the week and 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends at (614) 722-2787 to schedule an appointment to get tested at the drive-thru testing site. You must have an appointment to receive a test.