The COVID Exposure Gameplan

The COVID Exposure Gameplan

Returning to school after being exposed to COVID-19

When your child is sick, what steps should you take? The protocol may feel a bit different right now as we navigate COVID-19. Compass Pediatrics is here to help provide a guideline for making medical decisions. Does your child need to be seen for an office visit? Do they need to quarantine or have a COVID test? When can they return to school? Use the graphic and guidance below from the TN Department of Health as a tool to make those decisions!

COVID-19 Playbook:

  • If your child has had NO exposure and has 1 low-risk symptom  (see graphic) they can return to school at or after 24 hours.
  • If your child has had NO exposure and has 2 or more low-risk symptoms (see graphic), consider a Telemedicine visit for an evaluation and a plan for testing.
  • If your child has had exposure and has symptoms, it is probable that they do have COVID-19. Child should quarantine, identify close contacts, and return to school at or after 10 days of isolation AND at of after 24 hours of being fever free and improving symptoms.
  • If your child has had exposure and NO symptoms, they should quarantine and return to school at or after 14 days from last contact. If symptoms begin to develop, then you should have your child tested and continue with quarantining.


Compass Pediatrics is always here as a resource to help you navigate caring for your children. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact our office for guidance and medical advice. Call us at 615-461-0656!




Mary Kathryn Oliver, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, is delighted to be back in Sumner County where both she and her husband were born and raised. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing she worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Her passion for caring for children continued to grow as she obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Concentration to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. During her career as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner she has precepted graduate students from Vanderbilt, Belmont, Union University, and the University of Tennessee. She loves the ability to teach and strives to give back to the future of nursing through teaching, mentoring, and precepting. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.