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  • Riverside County Public Health provides protocols for K-12 school settings. Click here for the link to current protocols. 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID Safety Protocols

  • Q: What happens if an employee tests positive for the virus?
    A: If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, we ask that it be reported on the district’s Let’s Talk page. We ask that the COVID positive individual isolate immediately. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps. The team will also contact any employee close contacts and will forward any student close contact information to the student contact tracing team. The contact tracing team will provide possible quarantine instructions for those close contacts. Details of the case and the list of those exposed will be referred to the Riverside County Department of Public Health, which may conduct further contact tracing.

    Q: What is the infectious period? 
    A: For COVID-19 cases who develop COVID-19 symptoms, the "infectious period" is from two days before they first develop symptoms until 10 days after symptoms first appeared, and 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and symptoms have improved. For COVID-19 cases who test positive but never develop COVID-19 symptoms, the "infectious period" is from two days before until ten days after the specimen for their first positive test for COVID-19 was collected.

    Q: What isolation instructions will be given if an employee tests positive?
    A: If a staff member tests positive, the following instructions will be given:

    • Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must be excluded from the workplace for at least 5 days after start of symptoms or after date of first positive test if no symptoms. Isolation can end and employees may return to the workplace after day 5 if symptoms are not present or are resolving, and a diagnostic specimen* collected on day 5 or later tests negative.
    • If an employee’s test on day 5 (or later) is positive, isolation can end and the employee may return to the workplace after day 10 if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
      If an employee is unable or choosing not to test, isolation can end and the employee may return to the workplace after day 10 if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • If an employee has a fever, isolation must continue and the employee may not return to work until 24 hours after the fever resolves without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • If an employee’s symptoms other than fever are not resolving, they may not return to work until their symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
    • Employees must wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days. 

    Please report any staff positive to Let's Talk.


    Q: What should staff do if they realize they may have been in close contact with someone who tested COVID-19 positive and is asymptomatic? 
    A: If a staff member is a close contact and is asymptomatic, the following instructions will be given (regardless of vaccination status): 

    • Exposed employees must test within three to five days after their last close contact. Persons infected within the prior 90 days do not need to be tested unless symptoms develop. Employees will be asked to upload results to a Google folder or submit them to Risk Management.
    • Employees must wear face coverings around others for a total of 10 days after exposure. 
    • If an exposed employee develops symptoms, they must be excluded pending the results of a test.
    • If an exposed employee who develops symptoms is unable to test or choosing not to test, they must be excluded until 10 days after the date of symptom onset.
    • If an exposed employee tests positive for COVID- 19, they must follow the isolation requirements and report to Let's Talk or Risk Management. 

    If you were not contacted by Risk Management that you were a close contact, please report close contacts to Let's Talk or Risk Management.

    Q: What should staff do if they realize they may have been in close contact with someone who tested COVID-19 positive and is symptomatic? 
    A: If a staff member is a close contact and is symptomatic, the following instructions will be given (regardless of vaccination status):

    • Symptomatic employees must be excluded and test as soon as possible. Exclusion must continue until test results are obtained.
    • If the employee is unable to test or choosing not to test, exclusion must continue for 10 days.
    • If the employee tests negative and returns to work earlier than 10 days after the close contact, the employee must wear a face covering around others for 10 days following the close contact.
    • CDPH recommends continuing exclusion and retesting in 1-2 days if testing negative with an antigen test, particularly if tested during the first 1-2 days of symptoms.
    • If staff has a known exposure, test is negative, and symptoms are resolving or resolved, staff may return to work and must mask for 10 days from symptom onset.

    Report these cases to Let's Talk or Risk Management.

    Q: What if an employee has no known exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual but is symptomatic? 
    A: If an employee knows of no known contact with a COVID-19 individual and is now symptomatic, we ask that it be reported through the district’s Let’s Talk page. A member of the district’s contact tracing team will call the individual to obtain information and discuss next steps.

    Updated 7/22/22