COVID-19 Student Exposure Guidelines

  • Updated Monday, September 29, 2020

    What is exposure?

    Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), exposure occurs if a person has been in close contact (less than six feet) for greater than or equal to 15 minutes with a person with COVID-19.

    What happens when a student is exposed to COVID-19?

    Once it is confirmed a student has been exposed to COVID-19, the following steps should take place.


    The student can return to school after remaining asymptomatic and after 14 days of last known contact with person with COVID-19.

    If symptoms develop, a medical evaluation is encouraged.

    If the student tests positive for COVID-19 or it’s probable the student has COVID-19

    The student may return to school after at least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of other illness symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell, headaches, etc.); AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    If a student has symptoms of COVID-19 and tests negative

    The student may return to school if they test negative for COVID-19 using a PCR test (nose swab, saliva test) AND a medical evaluation determines that their symptoms were more likely due to another cause (e.g. sore throat due to strep throat). In this latter case, the employee can return when they meet criteria for that condition. The student will also need to be free of the following for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants):

    • If previously on quarantine prior to symptoms developing, must complete remainder of 14-day quarantine.
    • Resolution of fever (subjective or measured) or fever symptoms (shivering, chills, body aches, etc.)
    • Improvement of other illness symptoms (sore throat, persistent cough, sinus congestion, fatigue, etc.)