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By GreatSchools Staff
Make sure you keep your child at home, and alert your school of his absence. Don't send him to school or daycare. You should call your doctor, but there is no need to go to the doctor's office or the emergency room or to have your child tested unless his symptoms are severe (high fever, difficulty breathing or other symptoms that don't improve after several days). In most reported cases, symptoms have been mild and gone away without medical intervention. Do give your child fluids and over-the-counter pain relievers as necessary.
Ask your child's teacher if there are assignments he can do, books he can read or Web-based learning he can engage in to keep up. In California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell is urging schools that are closed to provide learning packets, distance learning or Web-based instruction for their students.
The state Departments of Education and the U.S. Department of Education are working closely with school districts to be flexible and make accommodations for schools that are closed during this period. They'll reschedule the tests as necessary.
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