When to Keep Your Child Home
Check for these symptoms to know when a student can come to school and when they need to stay home.
People with COVID symptoms and/or close contacts should stay home until they have the results of their testing. Communication regarding testing and test results should be done with your school health service staff. Tumwater SD families can get tested at no cost at the Capital Region ESD 113 (next to Tumwater Costco). You can find more information at this link.
If you have been identified as a close contact, please follow the "Flowchart for Close Contacts" on page 2 of the PHSS flow chart.
If you tested positive for COVID, stay home for 5 days from the day your symptoms began or you took the COVID test, whichever came first. Before you return, you should be fever-free for 24 hours and your symptoms must be greatly improved, if not resolved.
What is a Close Contact?
As defined by the Thurston County Public Health Department, a Close Contact is anyone that falls into one or more of the following categories:
- Students in a K-12 Classroom: students who were wearing a mask and were within 3 feet of another student with COVID-19. Three to five days after exposure, COVID-19 testing is strongly recommended for students within six feet of a confirmed COVID-19 case.
- Anywhere else at School: someone within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over 24 hours. This includes exposure between a student and an adult or exposure between adults.