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Symptoms & Illness Guidelines

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What do I do if my child/myself (staff member) is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

  • See the DOH Flowchart here.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fever of 100.4 or higher or a sense of having a fever
      • Sore throat
      • Chills
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Nausea/ vomiting/ diarrhea
      • Congestion/ runny nose
      • Unusual fatigue
      • Headache

What do I do if my child/myself (staff member) tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Students or staff who have tested positive are required to isolate for 5 days before returning on Day 6. The date of symptom onset or positive test is Day 0, the following day is Day 1.
    • The individual may return to school/care after the isolation period if: 
      • Their symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, AND
      • They are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications.

For Outbreak Exposure (3 or more cases in a classroom/cohort/team)

  • Students or staff who are in a classroom/cohort that has had three positive cases in a 14-day span have the following options, according to requirements from Spokane Regional Health District:
    • Test negative to stay in class OR
    • Wear a mask for 10 days OR
    • Quarantine for 10 days

For Household Exposure

  • In addition to the requirements detailed in the DOH document, SRHD requires that schools adhere to the DOH recommendation to test staff and students with known household exposures. Although DOH and SRHD recommends testing every 24-48 hours, SRHD is only requiring the baseline test and a test every 5-7 days until 14 days have passed.

More information for those in quarantine or home isolation:

  • Please continue to report your student’s absence on the attendance line at their school to provide updates on the status of your child or report if they have seen a health care provider.