As the pandemic continues, it is important that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. Not only will this help to protect you and your family from COVID-19 but also other contagious viruses (influenza, RSV, etc.). The following information has been obtained from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and provides a list of symptoms for COVID-19 as well as exclusion guidelines. If you or anyone in your family is concerned that you may have COVID-19 or symptoms, please stay home and contact your health care provider.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms can include

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

Home-Based Symptom Screening

Caregivers:  If your child has any of the following symptoms, they might have an illness they can spread to others.

Check your child for these symptoms before they go to school. (Check a symptom only if it has changed from usual or baseline health.)

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • New onset loss of taste or smell
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

If your child HAS any of the symptoms above:

  • Keep them home from school
  • Consider whether your child needs to see a healthcare provider and possible COVID-19 testing. CDC has a Coronavirus Self Checker* available in its website, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for possible COVID-19
  • Contact your child’s school and report that your child is sick. The school may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school.


Notes From the Nurse

6th Grade

Human Growth and Development, pending parental consent, will be taught by the nurse. Forms and more information will be sent home with your student.

It is recommended that all immunizations are up to date.

7th Grade

You will receive a checklist from the nurse that contains the information that will be required for entrance to 7th Grade, these items need to be completed AFTER March 1, 2021. Briefly those requirements are:

  1. 7th Grade Immunization

    • Tdap is required by State Law.

    • Hepatitis A, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal and Influenza are also generally recommended by pediatricians and family doctors. Please discuss those option with your health care provider.

  2. Comprehensive Physical

  3. Eye Exam

  4. Dental Exam

  5. If your student has been diagnosed with Asthma, Anaphylaxis, and/or takes medication at school (including prescription & over-the-counter medications) the following will be required before medications can be administered:

    • A new order from the health care provider (last year’s order will not be valid)

    • Signed Parental Permission

    • Medication must be labeled

    • If student has asthma and/or anaphylaxis an Asthma/Allergy Action Plan signed by health care provider and parent is required for inhalers/epi pens to be at school.

All paperwork must be turned into Morton Middle School by the first day of school.

*It is recommended that you make a copy of all required documents for your records and in case originals are misplaced.*

8th Grade

8th grade students, your immunizations and health records will be sent to the high school you have chosen to attend. If you plan on participating in high school sports/activities, a physical must be on file with the high school nurse.

Immunizations must be current.

Physical Information

Other Health Conditions

If your student is diabetic, all emergency supplies will need to be labeled with student’s name and kept in the health office (glucometer, test strips, emergency medications--like glucagon, juices/snacks to treat lows, ketone strips, etc). Parents/Guardians please plan to meet with health office staff to review medications/plan for your student. Documents needed prior to start of each school year:

  • A diabetic medical management form (dated after March 1 of current year) will need to be completed and signed by your student’s health care provider. Diabetic Medical Management Form

  • If student is able to self-manage at school, an order stating such from the physician will be required, as well as the following release form. Self-Management of Diabetes Release Form

Other conditions requiring the potential use of medications at school will need a current doctor’s order, signed parental permission, and action plan (signed by physician and guardian) if applicable.

Seizure Action Plan English
Seizure Action Plan Spanish

Asthma/Allergy Action Plan English
Asthma/Allergy Action Plan Spanish

Contact Me

Mollie Thompson, Nurse
Erin Foster, Nurse Paraprofessional