Responding to Cases of COVID or Exposure

RESPONDING TO CASES OF COVID OR EXPOSURE

What To Do if Someone Develops Symptoms of Covid 19 While at School - click here for additional information

Any student, teacher, or staff who reports COVID-19 A or B symptoms must be immediately isolated from others and be sent home. COVID testing is available at each school. 

 

While waiting to leave school, the individual with symptoms must be isolated in a designated isolation space. They must wear a mask. Anyone providing care or evaluation to the isolated individual must wear appropriate PPE.  

 

 WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE IS A CLOSE CONTACT OF SOMEONE WITH COVID

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within three feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious. The infectious period of someone with COVID-19 starts two days before the onset of symptoms or is estimated as two days before the positive test collection date if someone with COVID-19 is asymptomatic.

 

RESPONDING TO CASES OF COVID

Isolation

 

If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:

  • 5 days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have improved 

This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status.

 

After 5 days isolation, if a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with a molecular test, they may return to school without a mask, following existing school illness management policies. If a person returns after 5 days and remains COVID-positive, they must mask through day 10.

  

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested for SARS-CoV-2 or does not receive an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive for SARS-CoV-2. This is irrespective of vaccination status.