ICCSD Guidelines for Individuals Returning to School Related to COVID-19

  • Whenever we are away from school, we are always anxious and excited to return. We know the same will be true for our students and staff that have to go through a COVID-19 quarantine process. The guidelines for quarantine were discussed in a previous section. This chart provides a step-by-step path to help families assess when it is time to return to school. As with certain other sections of the RTL plan, this information is specific to COVID-19. If your child has suffered a different illness, please review the District’s health guidelines located at www.IowaCitySchools.org/HealthProtocols and contact your school principal and nurse before returning to school.

    Guidelines for returning to school after COVID-19:

  • I think or know I have COVID-19 AND HAD symptoms. I can return to school when:

    • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
    • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
    • COVID-19 symptoms have improved (for example: cough and shortness of breath)

    I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. I can return to school when:

    • May need to stay home longer than 10 days after symptoms first appear. Work with your healthcare provider to determine when it is safe for you to return to school.
  • I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms. I can return to school when:

    • 10 days have passed since you had a Positive COVID-19 test.

    IF you develop symptoms AFTER testing positive, follow the guidance for “I think or know I have COVID-19 AND HAD symptoms”.

  • You have been in “close contact” with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  Close Contact is defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

    I can return to school when:

    • 14 days have passed since your last exposure to that person.
    • Quarantine is required even if you had a negative COVID-19 test, as you could still become ill in the 14 days.


    • Individuals that have been previously diagnosed positive for COVID-19 within the previous 3 months AND
    • Have recovered AND
    • Remain symptom-free (for example: cough and shortness of breath)

    DO NOT need to stay home.

    Staff may be considered critical personnel and can be allowed to return to work if there are staffing shortages as long as they remain asymptomatic.