Last updated April 20, 2022, 2:22 p.m.

Check symptoms below to know when a student can come to school and when they need to stay home. WA DOH also has a Symptoms and Exposures Flowchart you can use to determine what to do if your child has COVID-19-like symptoms or a potential exposure. Scroll down for information on non-COVID medical conditions that may mean your child should stay home from school.

Class A COVID-like Symptoms

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4°F/38°C or higher, or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough (new, changed or worsening)

If you have any Class A symptoms, do not come to school and get tested for COVID-19.

Remember:

  • Regardless of your COVID-19 vaccine status, if you have symptoms, stay home and get tested.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test. See Calculating Your Isolation Period for additional information.
  • You may return to school after 5 full days of isolation if symptoms have significantly improved AND you are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
  • If returning to school on days 6-10, you are required to wear a well-fitted face covering consistent with CDC guidance OR test negative with an antigen test any day after day 5 before returning without a mask. If you test positive via a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, you must continue to isolate at home, and can return on days 7-10 as above with a negative COVID test.
  • Testing beyond day 10 is not necessary.

Scroll down to learn more about COVID test results and related Washington State Department of Health requirements.


Class B COVID-like Symptoms

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

If you have one Class B symptom for less than 24 hours, or if it is consistent with a diagnosed chronic illness, you can come to school if 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 (unless it is consistent with diagnosed chronic illness), stay home from school and get tested.

Remember:

  • Regardless of your COVID-19 vaccine status, if you have symptoms, stay home and get tested.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test. See Calculating Your Isolation Period for additional information.
  • You may return to school after 5 full days of isolation if symptoms have significantly improved AND you are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours.
  • If returning to school on days 6-10, you are required to wear a well-fitted face covering consistent with CDC guidance OR test negative with an antigen test any day after day 5 before returning without a mask. If you test positive via a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, you must continue to isolate at home, and can return on days 7-10 as above with a negative COVID test.
  • Testing beyond day 10 is not necessary.

Scroll down to learn more about COVID test results and related Washington State Department of Health requirements.

COVID Test Results

People with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home until they have the results of their testing.

Positive results:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of the positive test. See Calculating Your Isolation Period for additional information.   You may return to school after 5 full days of isolation if symptoms have significantly improved AND you are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours. If returning to school on days 6-10, you are required to wear a well-fitted face covering consistent with CDC guidance OR test negative with an antigen test any day after day 5 to return without a mask. If you test positive via a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, you must continue to isolate at home, and can return on days 7-10 as above with a negative COVID test. Testing beyond day 10 is not necessary.

Negative results:

If you have COVID-like symptoms, were not exposed, and received a negative test result, you may return to school 24 hours after fever and symptoms significantly improve.

Learn More About Requirements for People at School Who Have COVID-like Symptoms

To learn more about Washington State Department of Health requirements for people at school who have COVID-like symptoms, who are close contacts, and who have tested positive, please review the K-12 Symptom and Exposure Flowchart.

Other reasons your student may be too sick for school

There are other medical conditions besides COVID-19 which may require your child to stay home from school. Below are some signs your child should stay home from school:

  • Appearance, Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable
  • Eyes – white or yellow drainage, vision change, and/or redness of the eyelid or skin around the eye, itchiness, pain or sensitivity to light.  This may be a sign of “pink eye” (conjunctivitis) and need medical evaluation.  However, students can be in school if there is only minimal redness to the white of the eye and no other signs.
  • Fever – temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Student needs to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Giving a fever reducing medication just before returning to school does not make a student well. It may only mask the fever until the medication wears off. In this situation, a student needs to be home so others are not exposed to illness.
  • Ear Pain with Fever – Untreated ear infections may cause permanent hearing loss so, consult with the student’s health care provider.
  • Persistent Nasal Drainage And/Or Chronic Cough – may need to be seen by a health care provider. These may be signs of a condition that may spread to others and require treatment.
  • Sore Throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. A student with a confirmed diagnosis of strep throat may return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment.
  • Diarrhea – 3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period, especially if the student acts or looks ill.
  • Vomiting – vomiting 2 or more times within the past 24 hours.
  • Rash – body rash, especially with fever or itching. Exceptions are rashes due to heat, diapers, and allergic reactions which are not spread to others.
  • Scabies – Students with scabies may return to school 24 hours after beginning treatment.
  • Chickenpox –Students are infectious 1 – 2 days before the rash appears and until the blisters (sores) are dry and crusted. This is usually 5‐6 days after the rash appears.  Students need to stay home until all lesions have crusted over and there are no new lesions in 24 hours.  If your child has chicken pox, alert the school nurse.

Keeping ill students at home & encouraging frequent hand washing protects all, including those with fragile immune systems & certain medical conditions. While we regret any inconvenience, it may result in fewer lost workdays & less illness for family members.


WA DOH Symptoms and Exposures Flowchart (PDF)


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