Illness at Home and On Campus

Students showing any signs or symptoms of illness that could be passed onto another child or adult may not attend school. If well enough to attend classes, students who are at home for health or quarantine reasons will have the option to participate in school virtually.

  • Screening starts at home. The RI Department of Education requires all families to screen students at home. If a student has a fever or is showing other symptoms of illness, the student must stay home. Families should seek medical advice from the student’s healthcare provider and inform the school of the student’s absence. 
  • A screening station will be established at each campus. All students, staff, and visitors will be subject to temperature checks and health screening questions before entering the school. 
  • Students and staff who show signs of illness or have a fever will be sent home from school. Parents/guardians will be notified to pick up the student within the hour, seek medical advice for the student within 48 hours, and schedule a COVID-19 test as needed per directives of the RI Department of Education. 
  • Guidelines provided by the RI DOH for returning to school after illness will be followed. 
  • The school will be guided by our COVID Crisis Plan, which is being updated as the public health situation evolves. Communication with the RI DOH will occur, as indicated, if and when a COVID-19 case occurs in the school community. 
  • We will work closely with RIDE and RIDOH and await guidance from CDC on evolving testing protocols.


Quarantine Decisions 

We have established these guidelines as a basis for decision-making.  All quarantine decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and may be influenced by input from the Rhode Island Department of Health. 


  • Students who receive a positive test for COVID-19 will be required to complete a 10-day quarantine.
  • Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the community and are not fully vaccinated may return to school after 7 days with a negative test on or after day 5
  • Fully vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community may return to school but should self-monitor for symptoms (we recommend a test).
  • Fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, if you are living with someone who tests positive and cannot be isolated, the student will need to test 72 hours after the last day of that person’s quarantine. If that test is negative the student can return to school.


  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school in an indoor classroom for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period must quarantine. The unvaccinated student may return to school with a negative test taken 5 days after exposure.


  • Fully vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school in an indoor classroom for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period must self-monitor for symptoms but may return to school.