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Read the latest guidance on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Stay up-to-date with the latest information from the Florida Department of Health


Any student or school employee that presents with any of the following four symptoms must quarantine for 14 days unless they are cleared sooner by a medical provider*:

  1. New or worsening cough
  2. Fever (100F or greater will be excluded from school)
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Loss of taste/smell

Any student or school employee that presents with any two of the following symptoms must be excluded from in-person instruction for 14 days unless they are cleared by a medical provider* sooner:

  • chills
  • body aches
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • congestion
  • fatigue
  • stomach ache
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • sneezing
  • cold symptoms
  • severe headache
  • abdominal pain

If diarrhea or vomiting is the ONLY symptom, the child/school employee is excluded for a period of 24 hours with no symptoms and then allowed to return without a doctor’s note.

*A note from a medical provider does not mean that a child was tested for COVID. It could mean that there is an alternative diagnosis (strep, flu, mono, RSV, bronchitis, etc), that all symptoms have stopped before they are seen, or symptoms are an ongoing symptom of a known condition (allergies, asthma, migraine).

**If a child/school employee is a known contact to someone with a positive case of COVID-19, there is no exception to shorten the quarantine time (unless provided by the health department). The positive cases and contacts to cases are monitored by the health department for symptoms, recommended testing, etc.

Return-to-School Guidelines from FDOH-Monroe School Health Coordinator

Students/faculty with COVID-19 symptoms and/or a positive test who were directed to care for themselves at home may end self-isolation when at least 24 hours have passed since recovery, meaning:

· Fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications, and

· Improvement in symptoms (ie. Cough, shortness of breath) and

· At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms may discontinue self-isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of the test and have had no symptoms.

Persons suspected of having COVID-19 who have been tested and receive a negative test may discontinue isolation precautions provided they feel well. If identified as a close contact (around a positive person for 15 minutes or more at 6 feet or less), a negative test DOES NOT release your isolation period.

Persons who have been tested for COVID must stay at home until the test results are received.

Persons having COVID-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, body aches, chills, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste/smell) and not evaluated by a provider, must follow CDC guidelines and remain home for 14 days since symptoms first appeared. Seeing a medical provider for evaluation can shorten this duration with documentation of when to return.

**Subject to change with updated CDC guidance**

The May Sands Montessori School utilizes cleaning products that follow recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and labeled as safe for humans and the environment. The school maintains safe storage protocols for all cleaning products.  The school adopts the following strategies to protect the health and safety of students and staff while on campus:

  • Physical distancing as recommended by the CDC
  • Utilizing outdoor spaces to maximize personal space in classrooms;
  • Limiting group size across all areas of campus, including lunchtime, recess, and during enrichment classes;
  • Students remain in classroom cohorts
  • Wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors and in close proximity to others;
  • Frequent hand washing with soapy water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • No visitors on campus

Monroe County COVID-19 Information Center


CDC Tips for Protecting Children from COVID-19

CDC Self-check Guide

CDC COVID-19 Cases by State & County

CDC Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19

CDC Guidance: Cleaning & Disinfecting

CDC Guidance: Protecting Children

CDC Guidance: Testing

CDC Stop the Spread of Rumors – Know the Facts


AHEC telehealth virtual appointments

AHEC Telephone numbers


COVID-19 Update for Florida

Community Resource Guide – provided by United Way of the Florida Keys

Household Checklist CDC

Updated Parent Resource Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19

Keeping Children Healthy During COVID-19 CDC

Make Handwashing a Family Activity

Parent Resource: Talking to Children about CoViD-19

Practice Mindful Breathing


Our school requires an updated Health History form, annually.

General SY2020 Health Information

30 Day Exemption-immunization


Reminder for Parents & Guardians

If your child is ill and will not be coming to school, please call or send an email message to your child’s lead guide and our front office staff by 8:30 to let us know he or she will be absent.

ALL medications, including over the counter medications, are required to have a doctor’s signed prescription and must be accompanied by a Medication Authorization form (found below) that is also signed, along with a completed Medication Administration form (found below).

Students are not permitted to carry any medications during school unless prior authorization through the clinic staff and principal.

Only under extraordinary conditions do we administer medication at school.  Please do not send in any medication with your child, including Tylenol, topical creams, cough medicine, or other over the counter drugs, except under a doctor’s instructions. Our instructional and administrative teams are prohibited from providing or administering any over the counter medication except as authorized in writing by your child’s physician.

Medication Authorization form

Medication Administration form

Student Health
Students are expected to be in good health when attending school. Weather permitting; students go outside to play every day.  If a student is too sick to go out to play, he or she is probably too sick to be at school. If a student is ill and will not be coming to school, we ask that families send an email message to their child’s lead guide as well as our front office staff by 8:30 to let us know of the absence.

Colds, flu, and other childhood illnesses spread from child to child with alarming speed. Students with infectious conditions, such as chicken pox, strep throat, head lice, or ringworm must stay home until the infectious stage has passed.

Students with a fever (100.1 or greater), sore throat, eye infection, persistent cough, or severe nasal excretions should remain at home.  Students with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or undiagnosed skin rash should remain at home as well.

If your child becomes ill at school or exhibits any of the above symptoms, we will contact you to arrange for an early dismissal.  We understand how difficult this can be for working parents, yet all of our children become ill from time to time.  Please make arrangements in advance for a friend or relative to come when you cannot.

Conditions for school reentry following illness must be adhered to by students and staff of May Sands Montessori School.

Bacterial Infection
A child or member of staff may return to school 24 hours after ingesting the first dose of a prescribed antibiotic.

Viral Infection
A child or member of staff may return to school after having been fever-free without medication for 24 hours. Clarification: The last dose of Acetaminophen was given at 9 am on Sunday morning. A temperature check 6 hours later indicates the individual is fever free. The 24 hour period begins at that moment. If the individual remains fever free during this time frame, he/she may return to school on Tuesday morning.

If a student or member of staff presents at school with a fever of 100.1 or greater, severe nasal discharge, persistent cough, red eye with drainage or discolored sputum, he/she must be dismissed from school and must remain at home for 24 hours. The individual may return to school after 24 hours if they are symptom-free or sooner if accompanied by a doctor’s note stating they are “clear” to return to school on “Date______”.

Open Wounds
A student or member of staff may not attend school if his/her wound is draining outside of the bandage, or the bandage will not stay in place. The focus is to prevent exposure of any potentially infectious or contagious fluid to any other individual; all open wounds must be securely covered at all times, with no visible drainage or strike through the bandage. If there is suspicion of a contagious infection or disease process, the child/member of staff will be sent home and prohibited from returning to school for 48 hours. The individual may return to school after 24 hours if they are symptom-free or sooner if accompanied by a doctor’s note stating they are “clear” to return to school on “Date______”.

Emergency Care
In the event of a medical situation that requires immediate attention, we will want your child to see a doctor right away.  Please remember to keep your emergency contact information up to date.  We must be able to reach you at any time during the school day.