Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Positive COVID Test

Check symptoms to know when you can come to school and when you need to stay home. 

Symptomatic Individuals

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include one or more of these new, changed, or worsening symptoms: 

  • Fever (≥100.4°F) or chills 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Cough  
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose (If the child is under the age of two and ONLY has congestion/runny nose with no other symptoms, testing and isolation is not required.)  

When symptomatic it is always encouraged to test for COVID-19. If the test results are positive, you should isolate at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you do not test for COVID-19 please remember indications for when one may be Too Sick for School. 

Current recommendation for a positive COVID-19 test is to stay home until the following are met:

  • Symptoms are improving overall for at least 24 hours


  • Fever free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medications).
  • Upon returning to normal activities, it's crucial to take added precautions over the next 5 days, including wearing a mask, and practicing good hand hygiene.
  • 5-day isolation no longer recommended if current recommendation above are met.

Understanding Improvement:
Improvement in symptoms doesn't solely rely on the absence of specific symptoms. Rather, it's about feeling better overall and being able to fully participate in daily activities, such as learning in a classroom or completing tasks at work. Some symptoms, like a lingering cough, may persist beyond the contagious period.

Monitoring for symptom relapse:
If fever or symptoms worsen after resuming activities, stay home until improvement for 24 hours.

Potential Exposure:
After you have been exposed to COVID-19 or another respiratory virus, it can be especially helpful to use respiratory virus prevention strategies, such as wearing masks, practicing good hand hygiene, and/or testing. If you develop symptoms, take the steps described above to prevent spreading respiratory virus illness to others, get tested, and get treatment if eligible. Recommended to test on day 5 after exposure to COVID-19.

Potential Exposure

Individuals who are exposed to COVID are encouraged to get tested and monitor for symptoms for 10 days after exposure. Recommended to test 3-5 days after exposure to COVID-19 and if negative may consider retesting 24-48 hours (about 2 days) after the first test.