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

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

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When to Stay Home

When to stay home and when to return to school

Anyone who is sick or has any symptom(s) should stay home.

Below is information and guidance from the King County COVID Symptom Flow Chart

When Students can go to school 

Student has:
  • NO symptoms  
  • NO COVID-19 diagnosis 
  • NO close contact with someone with COVID-19
Student had:
  • ONLY ONE short-term symptom (fatigue, headache, muscle pain/body ache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea)
  • The symptom lasted less than 24 hours
  • They had NO close contact with someone with COVID-19

When students should Not go to school 

(Participate in Distance Learning)

Student has:
  • NO symptoms
  • Tested NEGATIVE, is awaiting test results or HAS NOT BEEN tested
  • Close contact with someone with COVID-19

Student can return to building after quarantining for 10 days from last date of close contact IF no symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, get tested (or retested).

Student has:
  • NO symptoms
  • Tested POSITIVE for COVID-19
  • Can return to building after quarantining for 10 days since the date of positive PCR test result.
Student has:
  • 1 or more symptoms for any duration 
  • Tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 or given alternative diagnosis 
  • NO close contact of someone with COVID-19

Student can return to building after 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved. OR If alternative diagnosis by health care provider, follow provider directions and isolate per condition diagnosed (whichever isolation is longer).

Student has:
  • 1 or more symptoms for any duration 
  • Tested POSITIVE, is awaiting test results or HAS NOT BEEN TESTED

Student can return to building 10 days after symptoms started AND at least 24 hours have passed since fever resolved (without medication) AND symptoms have improved. If person has one short-term symptom and no positive COVID-19 test, student can return to building after quarantining for 10 days from last date of close contact AND Public Health has given approval for return.

Student has:
  • 1 or more symptoms for any duration 
  • Tested NEGATIVE, is awaiting test results or HAS NOT BEEN tested
  • Close contact with someone with COVID-19

Student can return to building after quarantining for 10 days from last date of close contact AND Public Health has given approval for return.

 

Reporting a Positive COVID Case

  • Families must report a positive case in their household to their teacher, principal or school nurse
  • School nurses 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 
A classroom will close and switch to distance learning for 10 days when:
  • Two or more students or staff in same room/area test positive for COVID-19
  • The cases have symptoms that start within 14 days of each other
  • A student or staff member has been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with a person who has confirmed positive test result
  • The cases are not associated with one another in another setting (household, club, etc.)

What is a Close Contact?

According to Public Health, “close contact” includes anyone in one or more of the following categories: 

  • Been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person with COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period; OR  
  • Live in the same household as a person with COVID-19; OR cared for a person with COVID-19; OR 
  • Been 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.

What is a Short Term Symptom?

A short-term symptom is when a person has only one of the following symptoms (fatigue; headache; muscle pain or body aches; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea) AND the symptom begins and resolves in less than 24 hours AND the person has no known COVID-19 exposure (close contact). A student can return to school the next day if the short-term symptom resolves. A COVID-19 test is not required.