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This page will be updated regularly as questions come in. Given the fluid nature of COVID-19 and the continually evolving guidelines for schools at the federal, state and local levels, the information in this FAQ is subject to change. Please visit regularly for updates.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • Q. What type of “testing” will be administered and how long will it be before results are known?
  • A. We administer two types of tests: Rapid Antigen and PCR Tests. With both tests, you receive a nasal swab that goes one inch into the nose. Neither of these tests will be administered without parental consent and notification. Even if we have a consent form on file for your child, we will still notify a parent first. You can find the consent form HERE. You will know the results the same day. Typically, we can call you with the results within an hour, but that depends on the amount of tests being done at that time.

  • Q. Will parents be notified before ANY testing is completed on their child with enough time to determine if they will quarantine at home or continue at school?
  • A. We would not test your child without parental consent. You can find the form here. To that point, even if we have a consent form on file, we will still notify you.

  • Q. When will the health staff recommend a COVID test for my student?
  • A. A COVID test is recommended when your student presents with ONE of the following symptoms: fever (>100.4 degrees), cough or shortness of breath (new onset and is not resolved with inhaler or allergy meds), or new loss of taste and/or smell. Additionally, a test is recommended if your student presents with TWO of the following symptoms: sore throat, nasal congestion/drainage, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

  • Q. If my student has the symptoms listed above and their test is negative, what happens next?
  • A. If students have a fever and negative COVID test, they will be sent home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. Coughs that are persistent and disruptive will need to significantly improve before returning. If your student presents with vomiting or diarrhea, they will be sent home until free of symptoms for 24 hours. Otherwise, if they are tested at school and are negative, they will be able to return to school.

  • Q. If my student has the symptoms listed above and their test is positive, what happens next?
  • A. Your student will need to isolate at home for 5 days following the onset of symptoms. If they are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms have significantly improved on day 6, they can return to school on days 6-10 while wearing a mask. If they cannot wear a mask, they will need to stay home and return on day 11.

  • Q. If my student has the symptoms listed above and I choose to not test them, what happens?
  • A. Your student will need to stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms without a COVID test or an alternate diagnosis from a provider. If the student does not receive a COVID test or alternate diagnosis, the student is home for 10 days from onset of symptoms. The student can return to school after those 10 days as long as symptoms have significantly improved and they have been free of fever for 72 hours. They will also need to be free of vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours.