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COVID Symptoms in Schools

Posted September 17, 2021, 2:30 PM. Updated August 8, 2022, 2:55 PM.

Information provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Students or staff experiencing COVID symptoms may be sent to isolate and/or test before returning to class.

Symptom Checker

Isolate if you have one of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • olfactory disorder (loss of smell) taste disorder (loss of taste) confusion or
  • change in mental status
  • persistent chest pain/pressure pale, gray, or blue-colored skin/lips/nail beds
  • inability to stay awake

Isolate if you have two or more of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • chills
  • rigors
  • myalgia
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • nausea/vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • congestion/runny nose

Severe respiratory illness plus one symptom may result in isolation:

  • clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia
  • acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Please Remember

  • Always wear a mask indoors.
  • Remain socially distanced to the greatest extent possible.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently.
  • If you feel sick, stay home or ask to see the school nurse or administrator.
  • If you are a close contact, unvaccinated and symptomatic, you must quarantine for the full ten (10) days regardless of a negative test.
  • If you are symptomatic, but not a close contact, you must self isolate and are encouraged to test. You may return to school before the full 10 days of isolation with proof of a negative PCR test.

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