Course of Action in the Event of a Positive COVID-19 Case

As a reminder, it is important to notify your child’s school health office if 

  • your child is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID19, 
  • has a member of the household who is showing COVID19-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID19, or
  • is quarantined due to exposure and then later tests positive for COVID19. 

Please notify the health office as soon as possible, even if your child is not on campus/remote learning.

What to do in case of EXPOSURE to COVID-19

What should I do if my child is EXPOSED to someone with COVID-19?

Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of a contagious person for 15
minutes or longer within 24 hours, physical contact, such as hugging, with a contagious person, or living in the same household as a contagious person.

  • First, please notify the school health office immediately if your child has been exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • If a student is asymptomatic, they will quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure to the positive individual (usually 20 days for household exposures).
  • Continue to check temperature and monitor for symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)
  • If the student becomes symptomatic during the 10 days, we highly recommend the individual seek medical care and/or get tested for COVID-19.
What to do if DIAGNOSED with COVID-19

What should I do if my child or a member of my household is DIAGNOSED with COVID-19?

  • Please notify the school health office immediately if someone in your family has a positive case of COVID-19.
  • If you are awaiting test results, please keep your family home from school.
  • The District Contact Tracing Team will notify local health authorities of a diagnosis of COVID-19, as required. The Pima County Health Department will likely reach out for additional information. 
  • The District Contact Tracing Team will alert only those who may be affected while maintaining privacy and confidentiality required by HIPAA laws.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive and are ASYMPTOMATIC at the time of the test he/she must isolate for 10 days with day one beginning the day of the positive test.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive and is SYMPTOMATIC, they must isolate for 10 days with day one beginning the first day of symptoms.
  • Quarantine is required of siblings and family members living in the household with the affected student for 10 days, with return dependent upon meeting the requirements for return.
  • Quarantine is required of those determined by contact tracing who were in close contact with the student, less than six feet, for longer than 15 minutes.

Please note: If a household member tests positive for COVID, those who live in the same household must stay home for the sick individual’s 10-day Isolation, PLUS an additional 10-day quarantine.  This means that the quarantine period for those in the household with someone confirmed to have COVID will be home for 20 days from the onset of illness.

District Contact Tracing Team will initially assign a “reduced 10-day quarantine” to all staff and students, but if the individual develops ANY symptoms of COVID-19, they must complete a full 14-day quarantine and meet the parameters as outlined below.


  • 14 Days have passed since date of last exposure, AND
  • 24 Hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medications, AND
  • 24 Hours vomiting and diarrhea free without the use of vomit/diarrhea suppressing medications, AND
  • All other symptoms have improved
What to Do if TESTING for COVID-19
  • If a member of your household is awaiting test results for COVID-19, please keep your family home. Upon receiving a negative test result, please notify the school health office of the result to be cleared to return to in-school hybrid instruction.
Returning to Campus AFTER COVID-19

When can my student(s) return to campus?

School health assistants will reach out to determine eligibility for return to campus. 

Generally, the individual must meet these criteria prior to returning to campus:

  • Isolated for 10 days from the start of symptoms or 10 days from the positive test if they are asymptomatic. 
  • Fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, which may run congruent with the 10-day isolation.
  • Vomiting and diarrhea-free for 24 hours without the use of medications. 
  • Free of COVID-related symptoms.
  • Those who were exposed must have no symptoms during the 10-day period.