Charles County Public Schools COVID-19
Pre-screening Questionnaire
Posted: 9-21–2020

Dear Parents:

To ensure the highest level of health and safety in Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) buildings, we ask all parents to report their child’s health status before coming to the learning center each day.

We are excited to have you at work in your buildings and to offer a safe learning environment for your children while you work. We are implementing safety measures beyond cleaning and sanitizing as we allow more employees and children into our schools.

We need your help to check your child’s health each morning before they enter the learning center. By sending your child to the learning center, you indicate you have screened your child, and he/she is not a potential positive COVID-19 case. A child who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks, who is suffering from an upper or lower respiratory illness, or had close contact with an ill person who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home.

“Close contact” is defined as being within six feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes without a face mask. Close contact would also include sharing a drink or utensils, kissing, hugging, or a sick person coughing or sneezing directly on you.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with the below symptoms may have COVID-19. The most common symptom of COVID 19 for school aged children is a fever and cough. If your child displays two or more of the below symptoms, your child should stay home and your family medical care provider should be contacted. The CDC suggests parents should play particular attention to the symptoms labeled with an asterrck *.

* New uncontrollable cough that causes difficulty breathing        Y/N

Fever or chills (over 100.4)                                                                 Y/N

*Stomachache                                                                                      Y/N

*Headache, especially with a fever                                                  Y/N

*Sore throat                                                                                         Y/N

*Nausea or vomiting                                                                          Y/N

*Diarrhea                                                                                             Y/N

Fatigue                                                                                                Y/N

Muscle or body aches                                                                        Y/N

New loss or change in your ability to taste or smell                    Y/N

Congestion or runny nose                                                                  Y/N

We will ask parents to remove any child from the center and school building within 60 minutes if they become ill.

If your child presents multiple symptoms associated with COVID-19, please contact your family medical provider immediately. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and they have been to school within the four days before the test or displaying symptoms, please contact the school immediately.

Students may not return to school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or other symptoms without the use of medicines.

CCPS, in partnership with the Charles County Department of Health, has purchased re-usable thermometers. Each household can receive up to two thermometers per student. If you need a thermometer, please contact your school.


Jason Stoddard

Director, School Safety and Security