If a student or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms:

Regardless of vaccination status, if a student/staff member has COVID-19 symptoms they should have a negative lab NAAT, PCR, or lab antigen test in order to return to school/work.  

Another option would be to have two negative Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home or take-home) antigen tests taken 36 hours apart, in order to return to school.  As a reminder, these tests are available in each of our main offices.  If parents/guardians/staff use two negative Over-the-Counter antigen test results to return, an affirmation from a parent/guardian/staff member must be provided to the school nurse in order to return to school. This affirmation can either be submitted using a paper copy or, now, an online google form (the google form can be used to submit lab results as well). The paper affirmation form for take-home tests can be printed off our website or is available for pick up in the vestibule of any RCS school.

Students who do not take a test need to remain out of school for five full days. If a student chooses not to test and they return after day 5, they must wear a mask for days 6-10. 

In addition to a negative test result(s), students/staff members must be well enough to:

  • Participate in school;

  • Not have rhinorrhea (runny nose) or cough severe enough to make mask-wearing difficult;

  • Be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications; and

  • Meet other school or district requirements to return to school after a non-COVID illness.

If a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidance here for “If a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19.”

Please also note as an alternative to testing if symptomatic: If a healthcare provider makes a diagnosis of a confirmed non-COVID-19 acute illness (e.g., laboratory-confirmed influenza or strep throat) AND COVID-19 is not suspected, then a note signed by the healthcare provider explaining the alternate diagnosis may be provided to allow a student, teacher, or staff member to participate in school without COVID-19 testing.

Regardless of whether or not there is a known exposure to COVID-19, it is very important that students and staff who are sick do not attend school.