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When Your Child Tests Positive for COVID-19

AUSD’s COVID-19 protocols comply with the Alameda County Public Health Department’s (ACPHD) guidelines for schools. When students develop COVID-19, we also work closely with the family to help them manage their children’s illness.


Under ACPHD guidelines, students or staff who have received a  positive COVID-19 case need to isolate for 10 days. That means the child needs to:


  • Stay home and not have any visitors. Your child will be under home isolation until 10 days after the positive test.
  • Follow ACPHD’s Home Isolation Instructions for details on how an isolation works.
  • Make a list of all people (outside of school setting) that your child has spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of (with or without face masks), starting from two days before your child’s COVID-19 test. ACPHD will be reaching out to you, if they haven’t already, to collect this list in order to provide them with Quarantine Instructions (you and your child’s name will not be provided as the potential exposure).
  • Monitor your child and all family members for fever or COVID-19 symptoms:

○ Fever (≥ 37.8°C/100°F)

○ Cough

○ Shortness of breath

○ Any other symptoms such as chills, body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, runny nose or nasal congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. For more information about symptoms, see this CDC web page about COVID-19.

  • If you or a family member become sick, have a fever, or develop any of the symptoms listed, contact your healthcare provider to see if testing for COVID-19 is recommended.
  • Even if you develop no symptoms, ACPHD recommends that Close Contacts (people who have spent cumulative 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of the positive case within a 24 hour period, with or without mask) obtain COVID-19 testing 4 to 10 days following exposure.

○ If a Close Contact tests NEGATIVE for COVID-19, they must still stay in home quarantine for 14 days

○ Parents and Guardians of students are advised to discuss the pros and cons of testing with their family’s healthcare provider.

  • If you or your child require urgent medical attention, please call the healthcare facility where you will be seen BEFORE you leave home and tell them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatcher that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you have questions, please call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-268-2101 or your healthcare provider.



when can my child return to school?

Your child must isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset (or positive test date if asymptomatic).

Your child may leave isolation and return to school on the 11th day, if the following is true:              

1) Your child has had no fever for 24 hours (without the use of medications that reduce fever), AND                       

2) Your child’s symptoms are improving, AND

3) You have spoken with and received clearance for your child to return to school from the School Site COVID-19 Liaison (SSL), District COVID-19 Liaison (CL), or District Nurses (DN). 


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