COVID-19 Isolation Guidance
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Isolation and Return to School Guidance
Any student or staff that tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home for 5 full days regardless of vaccination status.
Individuals may return after 5 full days have passed since symptoms appeared if:
- No fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) AND
- Symptoms have significantly improved
Individuals that never developed symptoms may return after 5 full days of isolation.
Day 0 is the first day of symptoms. For individuals without symptoms, day 0 is the day of the positive test. A positive test begins the isolation period, repeating the test does not change the requirement to isolate for 5 full days. Individuals who test positive towards the end of the full 5 days of isolation, and/or on days 6-10, are required to complete the 10 full days of isolation. Testing after day 10 is not recommended.
Students and staff returning from 5 days of isolation should wear a well-fitted mask when around others days 6-10. If unable to wear a well-fitted mask, individuals should consider completing a full 10-day isolation at home.
Students and staff are also encouraged to test before returning. Individuals who have been infected with COVID-19 within the past 90 days should use an antigen test, as PCR tests may remain persistently positive even if there is no new or active infection.
Regardless of vaccination status, housemates or family members who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 are encouraged to:
- Wear a well-fitted mask around others who are at high risk for getting very sick with COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure
- Test as soon as possible after exposure. If test negative, retest every 24-48 hours for five days after exposure
- What to do if a person is symptomatic
- Isolation and Quarantine Calculator
- Seattle & King County public health, COVID-19 Information and Resources
- DOH, COVID-19