When should students stay home due to COVID-19? Here's what to know

MJ Slaby
Baystateparent Magazine

Thousands of students nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this year, and school-reported cases don't often account for those who are quarantining for being in close contact with someone who tested positive. 

But knowing which students should stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus isn't always easy. Here are five things families need to know:

CDC guidance sets the tone.

State health departments look to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to how children and their families should quarantine, Megan Wade-Taxter, a spokesperson for the department said.

And county health departments use that CDC and state guidance as they work with school districts to determine processes for who should be in school buildings.