Protocol for Return to School AFTER COVID-19
The CDC provides specific guidance for individuals who are on home isolation regarding when the isolation may end. Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19 Not in Healthcare Settings. CDC recommendations for discontinuing isolation in-persons known to be infected with COVID-19 could, in some circumstances, appear to conflict with recommendations on when to discontinue quarantine for persons known to have been exposed to COVID-19. CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure based on the time it may take to develop illness if infected. Thus, it is possible that a person known to be infected could leave isolation earlier than a person who is quarantined because of the possibility they are infected.
Return to School after Illness Protocol. We will follow CDC guidance for allowing a student or staff member to return to school after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
If a person is not diagnosed by a healthcare provider (physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) with COVID-19 (in other words, they learn from a healthcare provider that there is a different medical reason for the symptoms) they can return to school:
- a. If they have been diagnosed with another condition and have a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.
b. Once there is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours.
If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider based on a test or their symptoms or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:
- a. It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms
b. It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); and
c. It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.
d. The person has a medical note authorizing a return to school.