Student Illness Protocol


Thank you for keeping your student at home when they are ill.  Please refer to the Washington State Department of Health symptom flowchart for a safe return date to school after illness.  Below is a summary of the flowchart:

Scenario A:

Return to school once symptoms improved, if your child has only one (1) mild symptom for less than 24 hours, and no other symptoms have developed: 

☐ Fatigue; ☐ Headache; ☐ Sore throat; ☐ Congestion or runny nose; ☐ Nausea or vomiting(1 episode); ☐ Diarrhea (1 episode)

Scenario B:

If your student has any of the below symptoms for any amount of time, 2 or more of the above symptoms and/or 1 or more of the above symptoms for greater than 24 hours:

☐ Fever (100.4 F or greater); ☐ Muscle or body aches; ☐ Shortness of breath; ☐ New loss of taste or smell; ☐ Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

Then follow these guidelines:

They should get tested for Covid19 and/or see a health care provider.  

If the test is negative or you receive an alternate diagnosis from a health care provider, then your child can return to school when:

  1. No fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) AND 
  2. Symptoms have significantly improved

Not tested or do not have an alternative diagnosis from a health care provider, they can return to school after five days have passed since symptoms first appeared if: 

  1. No fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) AND 
  2. Symptoms have significantly improved AND 
  3. Wear a mask around others days 6–10 OR test negative with an antigen test to return without a mask 
    If they cannot wear a mask and do not test negative after day five, they must continue isolating through day 10.

Scenario C:

If your student tests positive for Covid19, please notify the school immediately or use this link for reporting.  A student who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate at home, regardless of vaccination status. The isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of positive test. 

Then follow these guidelines: 

The individual may return to school/care after 5 full days of isolation if: 

  • Their symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, AND 
  • They are without a fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications. 

AND IF returning to school days 6-10, the individual is required to:

Test negative with an antigen or at-home test any day after day 5 before returning without a mask. 

Wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape during days 6-10 of their isolation period, consistent with CDC guidance, OR 


Test kits are available for pick-up at all school buildings

  • District Onsite Testing Option - Rapid Antigen testing available
    Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8am to 11am UPSD District Office 3717 Grandview Dr W University Place, WA

University Place School District has Covid-19 testing available to staff, students and families at the Educational Service Center (3717 Grandview Dr. W) through a partnership with CIC Health. The testing clinic will be open most days of the week from 8 -11am (however, hours may vary). Please check the testing calendar below to ensure the testing clinic is open on the day you plan to come in.

To register for a Covid-19 test through University Place School District’s testing site, click on the following link: Pre-registration is encouraged but not required.

Other testing sites in Pierce County can be found here: Testing Locations