Updated Sept. 8
Please notify your school if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
The CDC defines “close contact” as a person that has been within 6 feet of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes or has been directly exposed (e.g. being coughed on) to someone who tests positive. Close contacts can also be nearby contacts more than 6 feet away but in the same room for an extended period. The close contact’s potential exposure period begins 48 hours prior to the start of the positive test case’s symptoms or if they are asymptomatic from the date of their test specimen was collected.
If your child tests positive or was exposed, your school administrator will contact the CRT immediately. The CRT is comprised of representatives from Health Services, Enterprise Safety, Legal, HR and Facilities (COVID19Help@ksbe.edu) which are all John Hopkins certified contact tracers. The CRT will partner with Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) and direct actions to ensure KS’ response follows all CDC Guidelines. These will include, but are not limited to the following:
If they are symptomatic and test positive, keiki can return when:
If they are asymptomatic and test positive, keiki can return when:
If your child remains asymptomatic, she or he should be prepared to remain quarantined until 14 days since the last time of close contact with a positive case and a note from your child’s healthcare provider or the Department of Health will be required to return. If your child develops symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider to get your child tested.
The time between when someone is exposed to the virus and develops symptoms can range 2-14 days which is why the CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine period. Even though someone may test negative early in the quarantine period does not mean that they won’t test positive later in the quarantine period. A 14-day quarantine is still necessary with a negative test result, whether or not your child has symptoms at the time of testing.
KS recommends that all students work directly with their health care provider for medical advice and encourages any student who has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case to get tested.
You should contact your primary care provider to get tested. However, if you are uninsured or do not have a primary care provider the following community health centers are also available to provide testing: