Returning to Work/School

If a student or employee is absent due to a routine illness, they must be symptom and fever free (less than 100.4 F) with no fever-reducing medications for 48 hours prior to their return.

If a symptomatic student or employee is confirmed COVID-19 positive, they may return to work/school if they have:

  1. Followed the current Georgia Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines; 

  2. Been fever free (less than 100.4 F) for 72 hours with no fever-reducing medications and no COVID-related symptoms; 

  3. Let at least 10 days pass since the positive test result and symptoms first appeared.

If an asymptomatic staff member or student is confirmed COVID-19 positive, they may return to work/school if:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since the positive test result and they remain asymptomatic. Note: Asymptomatic persons who test positive and later develop symptoms should follow the guidance of symptomatic persons above. 

If a student or employee has known exposure to COVID-19 within the definition of close contact without appropriate personal protective equipment, they may return to work/school if they have:

  1. Followed the current Georgia Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines regarding self- quarantine;

  2. Been fever free (less than 100.4 F) for 72 hours with no fever-reducing medications and no COVID-related symptoms; AND

  3. Let at least 10 days pass since direct exposure.

An individual is currently considered “exposed” if they have been in close contact to a COVID-19-positive individual. Close contact means the individuals were in a closed environment for more than 15 minutes and had face-to-face contact (within 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes or shared a meal within 6 feet.

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