Absence Procedure

Posted Date: 10/14/2020

Staying home when you are sick is one of our best ways to fight COVID-19. Keeping sick children and children who are exposed to COVID-19 away from others helps stop the spread of the virus to other children, staff, and the surrounding community. Parents and guardians can use the COVID Decision Chart  to understand when their child can attend
school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:


Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion
Inability to wake or stay awake

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, you must keep them home, and call our attendance hotline (1-858-485-4876) and report all symptoms your student is exhibiting.  Students may return to school 72 hours after symptoms resolved, and the student has had a negative COVID test.  If no COVID test is taken, they must be fever free for 24 hours (no medication), symptoms are improving, and at least 10 days have passed since symptom on-set.  If a student has a positive COVID test, you should identify all close contacts as defined by the CDC, quarantine and follow your doctor’s guidance.  A student may return to school when he/she is fever free for 24 hours with no medication, all other symptoms are improving, and 10 days have passed since symptom on-set or test date.   

It is important that when your child is absent from school for any reason you call our attendance hotline to report the absence (1-858-485-4876).   You must report the absence by 2:00 p.m. on the day of the absence  for your child to be able to attend school the following day.   If you have any questions, please call our school’s main number:  858-674-4707.

Here is a link for free COVID Testing:


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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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