COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Reporting
What to do if Your Student Has Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should:
- Remain home and away from others for 14 days from the last day, they had close contact with the person with COVID-19.
- Monitor for fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms.
To prepare for the potential of students or staff showing symptoms while at school, all KSD schools and buildings have a response and communication plan in place that includes communication with staff, families, and our local health jurisdiction. Schools will instruct students who are excluded from school due to illness or quarantine how to engage in learning when they are able to return to school.
- Every school and facility has an identified space for isolating ill persons until they can be sent home.
- If a student or staff member develops signs of COVID-19, they will be separated and supervised from a safe distance until they are able to be picked up or can leave the building. Staff caring for ill persons will use appropriate medical grade PPE and have been properly trained to be in the health isolation room. While waiting to leave school or building, the individual with symptoms should wear a cloth face covering or mask if tolerated. The isolation room will be cleaned, disinfected and if possible, the area will also be aired out after the ill person leaves.
Call your medical provider to be tested or go to a free COVID-19 testing site. If a close contact begins to show symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, they must follow a new period of isolation based on the CONFIRMED or SUSPECTED guidelines above. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center for help finding testing sites between 8 AM – 7 PM at 206-477-3977. Interpreters are available.
Tell your school if you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 as soon as possible. If the test result is negative, the close contact still must quarantine for 14 days from exposure.
A negative test does not necessarily mean the person does not have COVID-19. The test result only means that they did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing, and they should continue to monitor for symptoms.
For more information about what to do if you have been a close contact, visit the King County website.