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Kamehameha Schools Preschools

COVID-19 guidelines positive case, exposure

Updated: Dec. 19, 2023

Instructions for preschool students who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 are included below.

These requirements are subject to change.

Preschool students

If you:


Regardless of vaccination status

  • Your child should stay home and isolate for at least five full days since the symptom onset or test collection date if asymptomatic.1
  • If your child’s symptoms have improved and they have been 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication, they may return to school on Day 6 and should wear a high-quality mask around others at KS for five additional days (through Day 10).
  • If your child’s symptoms have not improved2 by Day 5, they should remain home until they are feeling well.
  • If your child develops symptoms after testing positive, their five-day isolation period should start over.
  • After your child has ended isolation, if their COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, their five-day isolation should start over and you should talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Antigen testing3 including proof of a negative test result is not required to return to school. Your child should continue to wear a mask through day 10 at KS.

Regardless of vaccination status

If your child has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 for 1-3 days, they can return to school after a negative test if they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving.

Antigen testing is recommended as soon as possible after symptoms begin.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms test negative for COVID-19, they are encouraged to be tested for other respiratory illnesses such as flu that could be spread to others.

If a student has a fever or is still sick even with the negative 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 note continues to be required for return to school following 4 or more days illness.


Regardless of vaccination status

Children may return to school and all activities if they are feeling well. Wearing a mask is encouraged but optional.

Antigen testing is recommended on Day 6 after exposure (unless you have tested positive in the last 30 days). If your child tests positive, keep them home and notify your child’s kumu.

If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home. Seek care from your primary care provider, get tested and notify your child’s kumu.

1 If you have symptoms prior to or on the day of testing positive, Day 0 is the day your symptoms first developed. If you never developed symptoms, Day 0 is the day you were tested.

2 If you had  moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing), or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19, or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through Day 10. If you had moderate or severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.

3 If you chose to take antigen tests after testing positive, you can find more information from the CDC about when to remove your mask and negative test results and discuss results with your healthcare provider. Regardless of your test results you must remain home from work for the five-day isolation period and wear your mask at KS through Day 10.