Given that seasonal allergies and other allergies have similar symptoms to COVID-19, we must first and foremost definitively rule out COVID before addressing students, faculty, or staff with allergies using the steps below.
1.) Get a COVID-19 Test
Students, faculty, and staff presenting symptoms that they think may be attributed to allergies will be required to get a COVID-19 test at a K-12 Testing Site. When scheduling a test, the individual should also complete a Self-Reporting Form, here. If the result is negative, they must provide documentation of the result to the School Nurse via email. If you opt not to get a COVID-19 test, AND YOU HAVE ONLY 1 SYMPTOM, you must stay home until you’re completely symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
2.) After Negative Result, Call Your Doctor
Once you’ve received a negative result, call your primary care physician or medical provider for a detailed note documenting your specific allergies and treatment plan. Per the Rhode Island Department of Health, we will no longer accept a general allergies note.