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

Check symptoms to know when a student can come to school and when they need to stay home. 

Class A Symptoms 

  • Fever—100.4° or higher
  • Chills
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you have any class A symptom, do not come to school and get tested for COVID

If you have been identified as a close contact, stay home and get tested. 
If you have tested positive for COVID, stay home for 10 days from the day your symptoms began or you took the COVID test, whichever came first. Before you return, you should be fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms must be improving, if not resolved. 

Class B Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Cough (new, changed or worsening)
  • 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 for less than 24 hours, do not come to school until symptoms improve. You can return to school after symptoms improve if you have not been in close contact with someone who tested positive. 

If you have two or more Class B symptoms OR one class B symptom for more than 24 hours, stay home from school and get tested

COVID Test Results

People with COVID symptoms and/or close contacts should stay home until they have the results of their testing.

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 
A classroom may close and switch to distance learning for 10 days from the last date an individual with a positive case was in class 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: 

  • For adults: within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period; OR  
  • For students: within 3 feet of an infected student for 15 minutes when both students were wearing face coverings/masks and other prevention strategies were in place; OR
  • Live in the same household as a person with COVID-19; OR cared for a person with COVID-19; OR

  • 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.