COVID-19 Experiencing Symptoms Guidance

  • If your student is showing any symptoms of illness, please keep them home!

    • Complete your student’s daily attestation, indicating the ill symptoms they are experiencing and  notify the school as usual through the attendance line
    • Expect a call from the school nurse about when your student would be cleared to return to school.  See below for the general guidelines our schools follow for return to school criteria.
    • Do not send your student to school after having ill symptoms until you have spoken with your school nurse and have cleared the return to school criteria.

    When in doubt, remain home until you have been cleared to return to school.


    Most common COVID-19 symptoms per Washington State Department of Health:

    • Fever (100.4 F) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea


    For ill persons without known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

    • If testing of COVID-19 is not performed, stay home for 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without the use of medications) and symptoms have improved, AND until 10 days have passed since symptoms first showed up.
    • If testing for COVID-19 is negative, stay home for 24 hours after the fever has resolved (without the use of medications) and symptoms improve. Parents/guardians/students: Provide a copy of the negative test from your healthcare provider to the school nurse.
    • If a person has only one short-term symptom, as defined below, they may return to school the next day after consultation with the school nurse.  A COVID-19 test is not required. A person with a short-term symptom has:
      • 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, no known COVID-19 exposure (a close contact).

    Example: Student wakes up on Monday with a sore throat. Student cannot go to school because of a symptom. By the afternoon, sore throat is gone. Student wakes up on Tuesday with no symptoms. Student can go to school.


    For ill persons with known exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19:

    • Should contact (call) their healthcare provider and seek testing for COVID-19;
    • AND, Stay home (out of school) until at least 10 days after symptom onset;
    • AND, At least 24 hours after fever has resolved (without use of medication) and symptoms have improved.


    People with severe disease or immunocompromised may need to be isolated at home for longer.