Testing Positive FAQ

Testing Positive, or When Someone Gets Sick

Last updated January 26, 2024

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, what is the CDPH guidance?

Per the California Department of Public Health guidance, if your child had a positive COVID-19 test or were diagnosed with COVID-19, it is strongly recommended that your child:

  • Stay home until your child has not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication AND other COVID-19 symptoms​ are mild and improving.​
  • Mask when your child is around other people indoors for the 10 days* after they become sick or test positive (if no symptoms). Your child may remove their mask sooner than 10 days if they have two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.
  • Avoid contact with people at higher-risk for severe COVID-19 for 10 days*. Higher-risk individuals include the elderly, those who live in congregate care facilities, those who have immunocompromising conditions, and that put them at higher risk for serious illness.
  • Seek Treatment​. If your child has symptoms, particularly if they are at higher risk for severe COVID-19, speak with a healthcare provider as soon as they test positive.
  • ​​Call 1-833-422-4255 if you are unable to contact a healthcare provider, or use the treatment options to find one.​

Will students be receiving excused absences if they are missing school because they are symptomatic or tested positive for COVID-19?

Yes, students will receive excused absences if they are missing school due to COVID-19 symptoms or if they have tested positive.

This page was last updated on January 26, 2024