COVID-19 When To Stay Home
Check symptoms to know when a student can come to school and when they need to stay home.
Updated: October 2021, Washington State Department of Health
Class A Symptoms
- Fever (≥100.4°) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Cough (new, changed or worsening)
If you have any class A symptom, do not come to school and get tested for COVID.
Class B Symptoms
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Sore throat
If you have been identified as a close contact, stay home and get tested.
If you have tested positive for COVID, stay home for 10 days from the day your symptoms began or you took the COVID test, whichever came first. Before you return, you should be fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms must be improving, if not resolved.
If you have one Class B symptom for less than 24 hours, do not come to school until symptoms improve. You can return to school after symptoms improve if you have not been in close contact with someone who tested positive.
If you have two or more Class B symptoms OR one class B symptom for more than 24 hours, stay home from school and get tested.
Reporting a Positive COVID Case
- Families must report a positive case in their household to a school administrator (principal), COVID-19 site coordinator (see below) or school nurse
- School staff will follow up with the student/family for symptom and contact information
- A student or staff member who has been exposed will be contacted by the school
What is a Close Contact?
According to Public Health, “close contact” includes anyone in one or more of the following categories:
- For adults: within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period; OR
- For students: within 3 feet of an infected student for 15 minutes when both students were wearing face coverings/masks and other prevention strategies were in place; OR
Live in the same household as a person with COVID-19; OR cared for a person with COVID-19; OR
In direct contact with saliva or other body secretions from a person with COVID-19 (for example: been coughed on, kissed, shared utensils, etc.) Public Health will help identify close contacts.