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Student exposure FAQ

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

Maui

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

Moloka‘i

  • Moloka‘i Community Health Center

O‘ahu

  • 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

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