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What to expect when calling your student in as sick

When your student is sick, but does not have a known exposure to COVID-19:

The very first thing you need to know is your student's symptoms.

Symptom list:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher or chills
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Temporary loss of taste or smell
  • Influenza-like respiratory symptoms
  • Digestive problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Muscle/body aches 
  • Significant fatigue
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Typically, vaccinated people are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms if they contract the Delta variant. Their symptoms are more like those of a common cold, such as cough, fever or headache, with the addition of significant loss of smell.


2+ symptoms, even if parents think it might be allergies - the student must test or they can be deemed presumed positive and follow COVID-19 positive guidelines. "Allergy-like" symptoms are common, especially with the Delta variant.


Vaccinated students with 2+symptoms still must test if their symptoms last more than 24 hours. 


If someone is going home sick and must call in sick the next day, he/she must get tested to return to school.


PCR test is needed, not rapid testing. Prevea and Bellin are turning it around in about 24 hours and appointments are plentiful. We also have contacts at both Prevea and Bellin that can help with scheduling if unable to get in the same day. 


Do not send students to school if there is a pending test, even if feeling better. 


If there is a negative test result, acute symptoms (fever over 100.4, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat) must be clear without any medication for 24 hours to return. Students with sniffles or infrequent cough may return as long as they do not require constant blowing of their noses and cough drops to get through the day unless they are easily able to stay 6+ feet from their peers. Masking is highly recommended until this passes. 


If there is a positive test, a contact tracer will discuss any exposures in the two days (not 48 hours) prior to either symptom onset or date of test, depending on which came first. You may also be contacted by the school nurse.


It is very important that families report COVID-19 positive test results by calling the main office (920) 429-6186.

About Notre Dame Academy: Notre Dame Academy is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is a co-ed Catholic high school founded by the Norbertine Order, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and the Diocese of Green Bay. NDA’s distinctive history embraces the more than 120-year foundation of St. Joseph Academy, Abbot Pennings High School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. NDA offers a globally focused education with a leading IB Diploma Program. Its high-caliber educational community is focused on outstanding learning and creating a lifetime of opportunity for all students.