Timeline for Return to School/Work

As of January 22, 2024, there is no required isolation period for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, but who do not experience symptoms.

Please click here to view COVID-19 protocols.

Timeline for Return After Symptoms


Day 0

Day of symptom onset, or day test is performed that returns a positive result for COVID-19, whichever comes earlier.

  • Parents/Guardians should report their student's absence and test result to their student’s school office.
  • Employees should report their absence and test result to their supervisor.


Days 1-10

Students/Staff may return at least 24 hours from the onset of symptoms if:

  • 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • their symptoms are mild and improving.

A negative test result is not required to return to school/work.

Face coverings following a COVID-19 diagnosis (with or without symptoms) are:

  • Recommended for students through day 10, or following two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.
  • Required for employees through day 10 per Cal/OSHA guidance for workplaces. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.