This page was updated on 1/28/2022
HIDOE Return to School/Work Criteria (infographic)
Students and Staff Who Test Positive for COVID-19 (ISOLATION)
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of immunization status, should not come to school for at least 5 days after symptoms onset, or if asymptomatic, at least 5 days after the date of positive test. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the first day of a positive test, and Day 1 is the first full day after. Positive individuals need to wait until at least Day 6 to return to school.
Symptoms must have resolved or greatly improved prior to return to school and there must be no fever for the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Strict mask wearing is required for days 6-10 anytime positive individuals are around others. This means that we will need to be more careful around lunch/snack time during days 6-10 to ensure that there is adequate distance between the individual that is positive and others.
The change to 5 days is due to recent studies that show that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and 2-3 days after.
If you have access to a rapid antigen test, we encourage positive individuals to ensure they have a negative test prior to return to school. Please do not use a PCR test for this purpose because PCR tests can stay positive for up to 12 weeks after an infection.
Students and Staff Who Are Close Contacts of a COVID-19 Case (QUARANTINE)
For those who are Boosted or Fully Vaccinated Recently, or those who had a test-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days, the CDC and HDOH states that quarantine is not required unless symptoms develop. For everyone else, at least 5 days of quarantine is required. For both cases, testing on day 5 is strongly recommended. Day 0 is the last day of contact with the positive individual, and Day 1 is the first full day after. (Fully Vaccinated Recently means you completed your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine within the past 6 months or Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past 2 months.)
For the purposes of school at Ka’ohao, there is a positive case in the class cohort, then the entire student class will notified and given the option to participate in the Test-to-Stay Program (see link above). Our goal is to have as many students as possible safely benefit from in-person learning.
All exposed individuals should monitor for COVID-19-like symptoms for 14 days and should get tested as soon as any symptoms may appear.
All exposed must continue to adhere to masking requirements.