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What happens if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19?

Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home throughout the infection period.

  • Those diagnosed with COVID-19 or who experience the symptoms of COVID-19 may not return to school or work until screened by the school system and cleared by medical staff.
  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school or work when all three of the following criteria are met:
    • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
    • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    • at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

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If an individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 but is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, they are assumed to have COVID-19 and may not return to school or work until they meet the same three criteria listed above.

If an individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school or work before completing the steps above, they must either:

  • obtain a medical professional note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis; or
  • receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19