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What happens when there’s a positive case at KS?


Please notify your school if your child tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who has tested positive.


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 KS' Health Services, Enterprise Safety, Legal, HR and Facilities ( which are all John Hopkins certified contact tracers. The CRT will partner with the 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:

  • Interviewing the parent/student or staff member that has tested positive or been exposed to determine if there are close contacts that should be notified to quarantine or remain at home.
  • Notifying parents of close contacts of a positive individual as soon as possible (generally within hours) and providing quarantine instructions.
  • Ensuring areas will be closed until appropriate cleaning and disinfecting is complete.
  • Clearing both individuals that have tested positive (doctor's note or HIDOH Clearance Letter required) and those who are required to quarantine prior to their return onsite.
  • Maintaining confidentiality


Close contact

Through the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), KS has a robust process to identify and notify close contacts of a case at KS. The CRT considers the nature of the exposure of a close contact to the case, time since exposure to the case, the close contacts having any symptoms, and when the close contact last had close contact with students or employees. Close contacts to a confirmed case at KS are typically notified the same day that KS is informed of the case.

The CDC defines “close contact” as a person that has been within 6 feet of an infected individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period 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 determination of close contact should be made regardless of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask. The close contact's potential exposure period begins 48 hours prior to the start of the confirmed case's symptoms, or if they are asymptomatic, from the date their test specimen was collected.

The CDC recommends testing close contacts upon being identified as a close contact, and the CRT will recommend that close contacts get tested. A negative PCR test at that time indicates that the risk of spreading infection prior to entering quarantine is low. Close contacts should quarantine for ten days from the last exposure with the confirmed case.  While the CDC states that testing negative after seven days of quarantine may be an option for ending quarantine, the Hawai’i Department of Health requires 10 days, which is a decrease from the previous 14 days. See CDC information on quarantine. The CDC does not recommend testing individuals at the end of their quarantine period if they remain asymptomatic.

Regarding contacts of contacts, the CDC states, “You do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms or if the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19.” However, KS, out of an abundance of caution, asks household members who have ongoing exposure with a close contact in quarantine to remain home. Should KS be notified that someone in quarantine developed COVID-19, the CRT will assess if there was any potential exposure to others at KS and take appropriate action. The incubation period for the virus ranges 2-14 days with a mean of 5 days, and a person who becomes symptomatic with COVID-19 can potentially spread infection up to 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. This means that a close contact who develops symptoms on day 3 or later of quarantine would not have posed any risk regarding any contact the occurred prior to entering quarantine.

Preventive measures are very important for reducing the risk that a close contact gets infected. Please continue to diligently follow the recommended preventive measures, including staying home if you have any symptoms of illness. Please also carefully and truthfully complete the wellness check each time prior to coming onto a KS site.

Frequently asked questions

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 Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i Department of Health.
What if my child is in the same class, riding the bus or participating in an activity with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If the individual who tested positive was infectious while onsite with your child, your child may be required to complete a quarantine period in accordance with CDC and HIDOH guidelines.

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, they should be prepared to remain quarantined for 10 days since the last time of close contact with a positive case. A note from your child’s healthcare provider or the Hawai‘i 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 10 days?

The time between when someone is exposed to the virus and develops symptoms, can range from two to 14 days. The Hawai‘i Department of Health requires and recommends a 10-day quarantine period to improve compliance without significantly increasing the risk of transmission in the community. A 10-day quarantine is still necessary even with a negative test result, whether or not you have symptoms at the time of testing.

My child is living with someone who is fully vaccinated*, and they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Can my child return to school?

Yes, unless your fully vaccinated household member develops any COVID-like symptoms in the 10 days following last exposure to the case. Should that occur your child should stay home pending their test result and contact the COVID-19 Response Team for further direction.

*Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)

Is KS requiring all students that are in close contact with a positive case to 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.

What if my child is in the same class as a someone who needs to quarantine because they were exposed to an individual with COVID-19?

In most instances, your child would be considered a secondary contact and will not need to complete a quarantine period. However, if the individual is symptomatic and/or the CRT has determined the exposure was higher risk, we may ask your child to remain at home while we await test results for this individual.

What if my child is at school when KS finds out they were exposed to an individual with COVID-19?

We will notify the student’s parent/guardian as quickly as possible and ask them to pick up their child.

What if my child is in the same class as someone who was sick at school, but this individual was not exposed to COVID-19?

Students who are ill but have not been exposed to COVID-19 and have not tested positive are required to follow return to school readmit policies. Contacts of this ill student will not need to complete a quarantine as this student has not tested positive and has not been exposed to COVID-19.

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
  • Wahiawā Center for Community Health
  • Wai‘anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
  • Waikīkī Health
  • Waimānalo Health Center

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Honolulu, HI 96817
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