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COVID symptoms and testing

Should COVID-19 Symptoms* Develop

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, the school will have a designated area for isolation and care will be administered by staff. The staff will contact the parents/guardians to pick up the child as soon as possible, within 2 hours of the phone call. If no parent response is received after 2 hours an emergency contact will be called.

Please see the Positive COVID cases and student exposure page for more information on Kamehameha Schools’ procedures in the event of a positive case. 

*COVID symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Please note COVID-19 symptoms and the student return to school process after being ill may need to be adjusted over time to reflect any new federal or state guidance.

Students with other non-COVID-19 like symptoms will follow normal school protocols.

KS does cooperate with local health officials on any reporting requirements for confirmed COVID-19 cases that meet or exceed a set threshold.

Additional Sources and Guidance:

Returning to school after symptoms

If your child, regardless of COVID vaccination status, has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 for one to three days even if at home and not missing in-person learning, they can return after a negative test if fever free for 24 hours (and no fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. If your child has a fever or is still sick and had a negative home test, continue to isolate and test again after 24-48 hours.  Parent attestation forms are no longer required to show proof of documentation.

A doctor’s/PCP note continues to be required for return following four or more days of illness.

COVID-19 testing

We strongly encourage staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations as the leading public health strategy and best way to stay and keep others safe. As an additional layer of protection KS may provide students with home test kits in specific situations such as outbreaks on campus. Specific information on testing availability and recommendations will be communicated to you by your school throughout the school year.

Please note these processes and requirements may need to be adjusted over time to reflect any new federal or state guidance.