If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19:
Regardless of vaccination status, if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate for a full five days. Students/staff may return to school after day five if they are asymptomatic or if symptoms are resolving (no fever, runny nose, or coughing). The isolation timeline looks like this:
Day 0: Symptom onset or date of test that resulted in a positive.
Day 1 through Day 5: Stay home
Day 6: Return to school if asymptomatic, or if symptoms are resolving.
Day 6 - 10: Required to wear a mask at all times, including in school and on the school bus. If the family does not want their child to wear a mask for days 6-10, then the child will need to remain out of school until day 11.
If a student/staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and took an Over-the-Counter (i.e., at-home, take-home) antigen test, the test should be reported to the local department of health and to their school nurse (staff will also report to their supervisor). To report a positive test result to:
In order for students/staff members who have tested positive and have had symptoms to return to school after five days, they must:
Be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Have not lost their sense of taste or smell.
Have no runny nose.
Have no more than an infrequent, nonproductive cough that is not getting worse. Those with a cough must be able to tolerate continuous mask use as breaks are not allowed.
Have not experienced excessive or unusual fatigue.
Have no persistent headache or muscle aches.
Have no nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting for at least 24 hours.
State guidance states that all individuals are required to wear a well-fitting mask around others (e.g., at home, on buses, in school, and in public) for a full 10 days following the first day of symptoms (or the date of a positive test, if the student is asymptomatic), regardless of vaccination status. If families do not want their students to wear a mask for days 6-10 at school, they can stay home from school until day 11.
Anyone who is moderately or severely immunocompromised should follow the standard 10-day isolation guidance issued previously.
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.