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Returning To School After Diagnosis, Exposure, or Illness

Students and staff must stay home if they are sick.

Someone experiencing any symptom of illness not related to an already documented medical condition must be sent home, even if they don’t have a COVID-19 diagnosis.


Household members must also stay home. 

We require that students and employees quarantine for 24 days if someone in their household  (either a WCPSS student or employee) doesn’t pass a health screening, experiences a symptom of illness, or is diagnosed with COVID-19. They may return sooner only if: 

  • The person who didn’t pass a health screening or experienced a symptom of illness receives an diagnosis of something other than COVID-19 from a medical professional
  • The person who didn’t pass a health screening or experienced a symptom of illness receives a negative PCR/Molecular test.

If the student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their quarantine, they may return after isolating for 10 days, as long as they have been fever free without medication for 24 hours and an improvement of symptoms.

The 24-day quarantine period is a combination of waiting ten days for the person who is sick to complete their isolation period, plus a 14-day quarantine period for the household member. 

It is the student/family’s responsibility to keep up with school work. 

The student or family should notify the student’s teacher or teachers when the student is absent. Once notified, it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the student is given assignments to work on while out sick. As students reach higher grade levels, they will begin taking on more responsibility for ensuring they receive assignments when they are absent.

If the student is too sick to complete assignments, they should prioritize health and well-being. In this situation, the student or family will make arrangements with the teacher to make up the work at an appropriate time.

For employees

Employees should access the Work and Leave Guidance page on the Return to the Workplace site on WakeConnect to learn more about leave and telework options during COVID-19 related absences.


Click here for more information about students who are/are not experiencing symptoms of illness.