If a person tested positive with an antigen or PCR test the person can return to school 5 days after the first day of symptoms and it has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever without using fever reducing medicine and other symptoms of COVID 19 are improving. The person should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the first day of symptoms to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Symptoms & Does Not Test
If a person has symptoms of COVID-19 and chooses not to test or see their provider for an alternative diagnosis we assume they are positive and follow the above regarding returning to school.
Symptoms & Negative Test
If a person has symptoms for COVID-19 and has a negative PCR/molecular test (this is generally a laboratory send out test taking 2-3 days) they can return to school if it has been 24 hours since the person had fever (without using fever reducing medicine) and they have felt well for at least 24 hours or they have visited a health care provider and received an alternate diagnosis that would explain the symptoms of COVID-19. A negative at-home test or rapid antigen test will not be accepted to meet the criteria to return to school.
You should contact your school nurse for guidance.
NC SafeSchools Toolkit (Update 8/18/22)