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COVID-19 student exposures: What you need to know

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.


Close contact

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.


COVID-19 Response Team (CRT)

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 ( 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:  

  • Maintaining confidentiality.
  • Notifying close contacts as soon as possible and providing quarantine instructions.
  • Ensuring areas will be closed off until after appropriate cleaning and disinfecting is complete.


How long will my keiki need to stay home or isolate if she or he tests positive for COVID-19?

If they are symptomatic and test positive, keiki can return when:

  • Other symptoms have improved; AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers; AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared,
  • ALONG WITH a medical clearance note from your primary care provider or the Department of Health.

If they are asymptomatic and test positive, keiki can return when:

  • You continue to have no symptoms; AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since the date the sample was collected that tested positive,
  • ALONG WITH a medical clearance note from your child’s health care provider or the Department of Health.


How long will my keiki need to stay home or quarantine if he or she has been in close contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19?

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.


If my keiki has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case but has no symptoms, why can’t I provide my keiki’s negative test result to come back to school sooner than 14 days?

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.


Is KS requiring all students that are in close contact with a positive case get tested?

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.


Where can my keiki 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:

Hawai‘i island

  • Bay Clinic, Inc.
  • Hāmākua Health Center
  • West Hawai‘i Community Health Center 


  • Malama I Ke Ola Health Center (Community Clinic of Maui)
  • Hāna Health


  • Moloka‘i Community Health Center


  • Kalihi-Pālama Health Center 
  • Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services 
  • Ko‘olauloa Health Center 
  • Wahiawa Center for Community Health 
  • Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center 
  • Waikīkī Health
  • Waimānalo Health Center

Kawaiaha‘o Plaza

567 South King St
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 523-6200

KS Hawai‘i

16-716 Volcano Rd
Kea‘au, HI 96749
(808) 982-0000

KS Kapālama

1887 Makuakāne St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 842-8211

KS Maui

275 ‘A‘apueo Pkwy
Pukalani, HI 96768
(808) 572-3100