When to Stay Home
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its COVID health protocols. Highline’s COVID health protocols follow guidance from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), which are based on CDC guidelines. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and follow the directions below.
Class A Symptoms
- Fever—100.4° or higher
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Cough (new, changed or worsening)
If you have any class A symptom, do not come to school.
You can return to work or school after 24 hours if all these conditions are met:
You have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
Your symptoms are resolving.
You have a negative COVID test, administered after symptoms began. You must:
Show staff proof of negative test result from test site OR
Show staff a photo of at-home test results with initials of the person tested and the date of the test written on the test card
If you do not get tested, you must stay home and isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms first began.
Class B Symptoms
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea—two or more loose stools in 24 hours
If you have one Class B symptom, do not come to school until symptoms improve. You can return to school without a negative test result if your symptoms have resolved.
If you have two or more Class B symptoms stay home from school and follow the steps for Class A symptoms (see column to the left.)
If you do not get tested, you must stay home for 10 days from when your symptoms first began.
Reporting a Positive COVID Case
- Families must report a positive case in their household to their teacher, principal 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