Protocols for Illness & Isolation

Updated May 19, 2022

Guidance for WSA Families


Confirmed COVID Diagnosis

Families and staff are to inform the school right away if a student or other family member is diagnosed with COVID-19. WSA will follow the County Health Department’s directions at that time and participate in contact tracing but will follow the HIPAA-required rules of privacy. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, it is possible that some of the student’s classmates and teachers will be considered close contacts.

COVID-like symptoms at school

If a student or employee develops COVID-like symptoms while at school, they should self-report immediately to their teacher or an admin person. Admin staff will separate the student or employee from the class and accompany them to the isolation room until the person can be picked up by their family. Each student’s family will be required to provide primary and secondary contact persons who are most likely able to pick up a student on short notice in their registration paperwork. The student or employee will be made comfortable in the isolation room and then be actively monitored from a distance until picked up.

Returning to school after COVID-like symptoms

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for COVID-19 with a rapid antigen test, they are required to either have a confirmatory molecular test or repeat an antigen test within 48 hours. If the individual is using an at-home test, they should carefully follow all package instructions. 

If the second test is also negative, a person with COVID-19 symptoms may return to school when all the symptoms are resolved so long as they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine.

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms does not get tested for COVID-19 or see a health care provider who gives an alternative diagnosis, they should follow the same isolation guidance as persons who test positive. This is irrespective of vaccination status.

Returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19

Any positive test results in students, staff, or family members should be immediately communicated to the Head of School cfreeman@westsoundacademy.org.

Regardless of vaccination status or presentation of symptoms, any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home. 

If a person tests positive for COVID-19 by a molecular or antigen test, they can return to school only when all the following criteria are met:

  • 10* days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present, AND
  • No symptoms or symptoms are resolving AND
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications 

*Individuals who test negative with an antigen test on day 5 who meet all the symptom criteria listed above may return to school on day 6. These individuals will be required to wear a KN95 of N95 mask and  eat outdoors until after day 10.

Returning to school after being in close contact to someone with COVID-19

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within three feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious. The infectious period of someone with COVID-19 starts two days before the onset of symptoms or is estimated as two days before the positive test collection date if someone with COVID-19 is asymptomatic. This definition applies regardless of whether the case or contact was wearing a mask.

Following privacy laws, West Sound Academy will send notifications to the community about positive cases. Students who are identified as Close Contacts will get an additional communication confirming they were in close contact. Due to increased risk on the van and bus and eating indoors, students in these situations will always be considered Close Contacts.

Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 are required to do the following for 10 days after the last date of exposure:
  • Wear a KN95 or N95 mask
  • Eat outside
  • Continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home if any develop.
Exposed individuals are encouraged to get tested (rapid or PCR*) 3-5 days after their last exposure. If they test positive, they must isolate. 
*For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing should be performed as PCR results may remain persistently positive and not be indicative of a new, active infection.


COVID-19 Coordinator


For further questions, please contact Catherine Freeman at cfreeman@westsoundacademy.org