Submitted by Lewis County Public Health & Social Services

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services (LCPHSS) has created two guidance documents to help parents and students prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

The “Student Symptom Decision Tree” is a single-page graphic parents can use to screen their school-age children for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. The page shows symptoms grouped by low- or high-risk. Depending on a student’s symptoms and exposure to someone with COVID-19, the page shows recommendations for sending home, staying home, and seeking medical care. The page includes recommendations for sending a student home, staying home and/or seeking care, depending upon a student’s symptoms and exposure to someone with COVID-19.

A companion document titled, “Student Symptom Decision Tree FAQ” offers general guidance for evaluating when your child should go to school, stay home, see the doctor, or get tested.

LCPHSS Deputy Director John Abplanalp said, “These were created to help parents make informed decisions to protect their children and help prevent more COVID-19 infections in schools.”

Both documents are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded as .pdfs at https://phsscovid19.lewiscountywa.gov/.

For current information on COVID-19 in Lewis County, follow @LCPHSS on Twitter, https://www.facebook.com/lcphss/ and visit https://phsscovid19.lewiscountywa.gov/.

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