Return to School or Work Guidelines
Students and Staff
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should self report to their campus nurse. In the case of an individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 (lab confirmed positive test), the individual may not return to work/school until all three of the following criteria are met:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
- At least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery/resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
- The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath).
If the individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and is presumed to be positive but wants to return to work/school before completing the above self-isolation period, the individual should obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain an acute infection test at an approved testing location that comes back negative for COVID-19.
If the individual resides with or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the individual should:
- It is recommended the individual quarantine for 10-14 days after the date of last contact as recommended by the CDC; quarantine may be shortened if the individual tests negative 5-7 days after exposure
- The individual should closely monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 14 days after the date of last contact, as recommended by the CDC
- It is recommended the individual wear a mask/face covering if choosing to return to school prior to the end of the 14-day quarantine period
- The decision to quarantine due to exposure will be at the discretion of the parent.