Attendance FAQs

COVID-19 Health / Attendance Office
FAQ’s For Parents

What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Do not send your child to school. Please call Attendance at 760-290-2700 and Health Office at
760-290-2735 to inform the school. The Health Office will determine when your child can return
to school. Any person who is COVID-19 positive must isolate for 10 days and may not return to
campus until cleared to return.

What should I do if my child is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person?
Please call Attendance at 760-290-2700 and Health Office at 760-290-2735 to inform the
school. The Health Office will determine when your child can return to school. Any person who
is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person must quarantine for 14 days and may not
return to campus until cleared to return.

What is a close contact?
A close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for a total of 15
minutes or more within 24 hours, with or without a mask on.

If my child is considered a close contact and receives a negative test result during their 14 day
quarantine period, can they return to school?

No, a student cannot “test” out of quarantine. While a negative test result may help to put
your mind at ease, it does not end the quarantine period early. Since the incubation period for
the virus can be as long as 14 days, a negative test result during that possible incubation period
is no guarantee that your child is not infected. It means only that, at the time of the test, the
sample did not — or did not yet — show viral levels high enough to be reliably measured.

What should I do if my child is experiencing COVID-like symptoms?
Call Attendance at 760-290-2700 and inform them of your child’s specific symptoms. If your
child is experiencing a COVID-19 symptom, they must stay home for 10 days. Your student
may return to school after 10 days as long as 24 hours have passed without fever and
symptoms are improving/resolved.
Your child may be able to return to school sooner if he/she receives a negative PCR
COVID-19 test result. With proof of a negative PCR test result, your child may return to
school after 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms have resolved.

If my symptomatic child receives a negative test result, can they return to school?
If your child has COVID-like symptoms and receives a negative PCR test result, your child may
return to school after 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms have resolved, with
proof of a negative PCR test result.

What if I believe my child’s symptom(s) is not NOT COVID related?
Any student that has a COVID-19 symptom must stay home for 10 days. Your student may
return to school after 10 days as long as 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms are
improving.
Your child may be able to return to school sooner if he/she receives a negative PCR
COVID-19 test result. With proof of a negative PCR test result, your child may return to
school after 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms have resolved.

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus away from
others. Quarantine is 14 days from the last date of exposure to a COVID-19 positive person.
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the COVID-19 virus away from others, even in
their home. Isolation is 10 days from the first symptoms appeared or from the date a positive
test was taken if the person does not have symptoms.

What happens if my child becomes sick at school?
Your child will be screened in the Health Office. If your child is showing COVID symptoms, they
will be sent home immediately. The student will wait outside in a designated area for pick-up.
You are expected to pick up your child as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than within
one hour after being notified by the school. If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, they will
not be able to return for 10 days. We recommend that you get your child tested for COVID-19.
If your child receives a negative PCR test result, your child may return to school after 24 hours
have passed without fever and symptoms have resolved, with proof of a negative PCR test
result.

How does the district determine what to do with COVID-19 positive, symptomatic and close
contact students?

The district follows the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree provided by the County of San Diego
Health and Human Services Agency.

What if my child already has had COVID-19 but begins to have COVID-like symptoms again?
Any student with Covid symptoms will be required to stay home for 10 days.

What if my child already has had COVID-19 but is in close contact with a Covid positive person?
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered and
are not now experiencing another onset of any COVID-19 symptom will not be required to
quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

What if my child is fully immunized but is in close contact with a Covid positive person?
People who have been fully vaccinated (i.e, two weeks past the final dose of a COVID-19
vaccine) within the last three months and are not now experiencing an onset of any COVID-19 symptom will not be required to quarantine if they have been in close contact with someone who
has COVID-19.

Why does someone who is a close contact and quarantining have to stay home longer than
someone who is actually COVID-19 positive and isolating?

It can take a person anywhere from 2-14 days to experience symptoms or develop the infection,
so a person must quarantine for 14 days. It has been found that a positive person is no longer
contagious beyond the 10-day period, likely because they had it a few days prior to being
symptomatic, so they must only isolate for 10 days.

When does my child have to fill out their Lumisight?
Lumisight should be completed prior to coming to campus each day.

What should I do if my child answered incorrectly on Lumisight?
During school hours, please call the Health Office at 760-290-2735 for assistance. If it is after
school hours, the issue will have to be resolved the next school day.

If I’m having troubleshooting issues with Lumisight, where can I find assistance?
Lumisight Instructions/Help can be found on the MHHS homepage.


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