A student who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to be out of school in accordance with CDC and/or Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines and will enter the isolation protocol listed below.
They may return to school:
- Five days after the date of their positive COVID-19 test if they are asymptomatic OR
- Five days after symptom onset AND symptom/s are improving AND if fever is present, continue to stay home until 24 hours has passed since fever resolved without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Once an individual meets the above criteria, they are considered released from isolation and can resume normal activities, but it is recommended that they wear a mask for an additional five days when around other people.
Your isolation start date will be:
- Day your symptom/s started (day zero) or
- Day you tested (day zero)
*If you tested positive without symptoms, and now have an onset of symptom/s, your day zero will now be the day your symptom/s started.
Symptoms to Watch For
*All of the information below is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC, OSDH, and medical experts.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Any one or more of these symptoms
- Fever 100.4F or higher
- Sore throat
- Difficulty Breathing
- Diarrhea or Vomiting
- New loss of Taste or Smell
Any three or more of these symptoms (not explained by an existing condition)
- Stuffy or Runny Nose
- Muscle/Body Aches
- Loss of Appetite
- New Onset of Severe Heachache
*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for these or any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Information about COVID-19 testing is available below.
If you develop these symptoms or are concerned you may have COVID-19, please self-isolate, notify your healthcare provider and school to report symptoms and get tested.
When to get tested
The CDC recommends COVID-19 testing for individuals who:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19
- Have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
- Have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department