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2021-2022 Illness Policy

Students experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms must stay home for a minimum of 24 hours. Prior to returning to school: 

  • the student must be fever/nausea/vomiting/diarrhea-free without medication for 24 hours
  • all other symptoms must resolve
  • one must either be evaluated by a physician and provide a signed school clearance note OR obtain a COVID-19 PCR test with a negative result.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: runny nose, congestion that is a significant change, sore throat, headache, temperature of 100.0 or greater, body aches, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, dry cough, loss of taste or smell, fatigue and weakness.   

HIES will NOT accept rapid tests, home tests or antibody tests as clearance for school.   

Please email illness details, updates, and doctor's notes or COVID-19 test results to your division nurse.   If anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please keep all HIES students home and contact your division nurse ASAP. 




Vaccination is currently available for individuals ages 12 and up. Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” ​​two weeks after the final dose of vaccine.



Masks are required for all individuals inside all HIES buildings, regardless of vaccination status.


Day 0
  • For close contacts, Day 0 is the date of exposure to someone with COVID-19.  
  • For positive cases, Day 0 is either the first day they experienced symptoms, or if asymptomatic, Day 0 is the date of the positive test.


COVID-19 Positive
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from Day 0, returning to school on Day 11 following the guidelines of the HIES Illness Policy. 
  • A positive case does NOT need another COVID-19 test before returning to school. 
  • Quarantine for HIES siblings/staff members who are household contacts of a positive case will be determined by the Contact Tracing team on a case by case basis.


Identification of Close Contacts of COVID-19 Case
  • HIES Contact Tracers will identify close contacts who are exposed to a case.


Quarantine for Vaccinated Close Contacts
  • No Symptoms
    • May attend school
    • Diligent mask use
    • PCR test 3-5 days after exposure per CDC guidelines, but may remain in school
    • Eat 6 feet away from other students until PCR test results obtained
  • With Symptoms
    • Begin quarantine at home. 
    • Obtain PCR test. If PCR negative, follow Illness Policy.


Quarantine for Unvaccinated Close Contacts
  • No Symptoms, Unvaccinated
    • May not attend school
    • Length of Quarantine for Unvaccinated Close Contacts 
      • 7 days with no symptoms and a negative PCR test on day 6 or 7. Individuals cannot return from quarantine earlier with a negative test. 
      • Quarantine can end after day 10 with no testing if no symptoms. 
  • With Symptoms, Unvaccinated
    • May not attend school. 
    • Obtain PCR test.  
    • If PCR test is negative, quarantine for 7 days with a PCR test on day 6 or 7, and follow the Illness Policy. 


Siblings of Close Contacts

Do not need to quarantine unless the close contact develops symptoms.


Quarantine Exemption for those with History of COVID 

If your child is identified as a close contact, HIES has documentation of your child’s positive COVID-19 viral/PCR test in the past 3 months, AND your child is NOT having symptoms, he/she does not need to quarantine.


Antibody testing

HIES does not accept antibody testing.


Remote Learning

Remote learning is asynchronous and is only available for students HI has placed in quarantine or isolation.