Returning To School After Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness

  • For students who have experienced at least one COVID-19 symptom, with or without being diagnosed with COVID-19:

    Students who have experienced at least one COVID-19 symptom, with or without being diagnosed with COVID-19, should not be in school. 

    Students can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours if they receive confirmation of an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider that would explain the COVID-19-like symptom(s).

    Without confirmation of an alternative diagnosis, students should stay home until they (or a family member answering for a younger child) can answer YES to all three of the following questions:

    • Has it been at least 10 days since they first had symptoms?
    • Has it been at least 24 hours since they had a fever without using fever-reducing medicine?
    • Have respiratory symptoms improved, including cough or shortness of breath?

    Students are not required to have documentation of a negative test in order to return to school. 

    If students have a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.

    For students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 but do not have symptoms: 

    Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, but do not have symptoms must remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test. 

    Students are not required to have documentation of a negative test in order to return to school. 

    If a student develops symptoms, they cannot return to school until they meet the criteria for students who have experienced at least one symptom.

    For students who have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms: 

    Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms must remain out of school for 14 days since their last exposure, even if they test negative for COVID-19. If they develop symptoms, they cannot return to school until they meet the criteria for students who have experienced at least one symptom.