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Last reviewed on 2021-05-16

COVID-19 Guidelines

Please help stop the spread of COVID-19 and wear your mask to cover your nose and mouth. This applies to everyone age 2 years and older. When socializing the ideal way to visit is small groups, out of doors, >6 feet apart, wearing masks.

ILLNESS: If my child is sick, when should I get my child tested for COVID-19?

Your child should get tested for COVID-19 if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.0 or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

EXPOSURE: My child was exposed to someone who tested positive and feels fine

If your child was in contact for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period less than 6 feet from someone known to have COVID-19, or your child had direct contact with someone known to have COVID-19, then your child will need to quarantine and possibly get a test.

Do not get the test until 4 days have passed from the exposure.

The CDC continues to recommend a quarantine for 14 days; during that time call us if there are any symptoms.

If your child is unable to quarantine for 14 days, your child can:

  • Stop the quarantine after 10 days with no symptoms during that time; continue to monitor carefully for symptoms through Day 14
  • Stop the quarantine after 7 days if there are no symptoms and a negative test on Day 5 after the exposure; continue to monitor carefully for symptoms through Day 14

Click here to view a chart describing how to quarantine. →

TESTING: How do I get my child tested?

If your child is sick, call the office and we will arrange a drive through test at Boston Children’s Hospital. If your child is not sick or has been exposed, you can find a testing site at the following websites:

  • https://www.mass.gov/info-details/find-a-covid-19-test — Enter your zip code and filter for "Referral not required". Then click the search spyglass and check each site listed. The instructions for each site will be there. If you are sick, insurance should pay. If you are not sick, there is usually a charge.
  • Another website that shows testing sites that are free for all patients is Stop the Spread.
  • In addition, Brookline residents, students and teachers can get tested at the Brookline Department of Public Health: https://www.mpathy.org/schedule

TRAVEL: What are the rules for travel?

If you return from travel for more than 24 hours to a place listed by the state as high-risk, before you can leave your home you must:

  • Quarantine for 14 days from your arrival back in Massachusetts.
  • OR have a negative test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival in Massachusetts
  • OR have a negative test after arrival in Massachusetts

Please see the Mass Department of Public Health quarantine requirements page for more details.

What does quarantine mean?

The person stays separate and masked even at home for 14 days.

Click here to view a chart describing how to quarantine. →

What does isolation mean?

The sick person stays completely away in a separate room from anyone who is not sick. All family members are masked.

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