The Riverview School District Nursing Team has put together updated resources and information on a variety of topics and details regarding COVID-19 and how it relates to our school district. Please note that, as has been the case since the start of the pandemic, guidance and recommendations are subject to change and it is important to remain in contact with your school sites and nurses for up-to-date information.

Please note:

COVID testing options are available through numerous locations listed on the King County Testing Locations page. Families need to seek testing at these locations prior to asking your school and/or school nurse for a test at school.


Most recent guidance:

Q: How Do I Contact My School Nurse?

If attempting to contact the school nurse outside school hours, please leave a message with your student’s school office or nurse, keep your student home, and you will be contacted the next school day.

Q. What are symptoms of COVID-19?


Some individuals will have mild illness and may only have one symptom, while others may have more severe symptoms.

CATEGORY 1 - A person experiencing these symptoms should isolate at home AND get tested for COVID-19. They can return to school after providing a negative COVID-19 test, if they have had no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication) AND symptoms have significantly improved:

  • Fever (100.4°F) or chills

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

CATEGORY 2 - A person experiencing these symptoms should isolate at home; however, they can return to school without a COVID-19 test if they only had one symptom, the symptom resolved within 24 hours, AND they were not a known close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Sore throat

At all times, staying in contact with your school nurse is the best way to ensure students and staff members are kept as safe and healthy as possible. Should you or your child(ren) find themselves in a Category 1 or Category 2 situation, please send all questions to your school nurse at your very earliest opportunity.

Q: What COVID testing options are available and recommendations on testing?


COVID testing may be the best option to prevent the number of days missed if your student is sick.  Below are several resources for testing.

Q: What are the requirements for face masks?

  • Mask must cover nose and mouth

  • Snug fitting with no gaps

  • Made with 2-3 fabric layers

  • Made of tightly woven breathable material

  • Masks should be washed daily.

Q: Who is considered a close contact?

  • Close contact includes anyone in one or more of the following categories:

    • Been within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 for a combined total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.

    • Live in the same household as a person with COVID-19

    • Cared for a person with COVID-19

    • Been in direct contact with saliva or other body secretions from a person with COVID-19 (for example: been coughed on, kissed, shared utensils, etc.)

NOTE: In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks and (b) other prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

Close contact definition still applies when cloth face coverings or masks are worn by the person with COVID-19 or the other person.

Q: If my student is identified as a close contact or told to quarantine, who can they be around, and when can they return?


The Riverview School District will be requiring a 10-day quarantine for students who are not fully vaccinated. PHSKC recommends a 14-day quarantine, if possible, since it is the safest option.

  • Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should stay away from others outside their household for the full 10 days even with a negative COVID test. 

  • Close contacts should test for COVID immediately if symptoms develop or 3-7 days after exposure if they have no symptoms regardless of vaccine status. A negative test result does not necessarily mean the person does not have COVID-19. The test result only means that they did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing and they should continue to monitor for symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated people (2 weeks after last vaccination dose) do not need to quarantine after COVID-19 exposure. However, they should get tested 3-5 days after exposure, watch for symptoms for 14 days, and wear a mask in public indoor settings.

For more information about what to do if you have been a close contact, visit:


Q: Does Riverview have a "Test-to-Stay" protocol if my student is deemed a "Close Contact?"

Currently, King County has not authorized school districts to utilize a "Test-to-Stay" protocol. Riverview School District, like additional school districts in the region, are in contact with and working with Public Health - Seattle King County to finalize approval of a "Test-to-Stay" option for students.


To see the latest guidance on identification and caring for Close Contacts at school, please click the guidance above, or linked here

Q: If my student tests positive for COVID or is told to isolate, what should they do to isolate, and when can they return?


Confirmed COVID-19: a person (with or without symptoms) who received a positive result from a COVID-19 laboratory test.

Anyone who has symptoms and is confirmed to have COVID-19 should remain at home and away from others for:

  • At least 10 days from when symptoms began

  • AND 24 hours after fever has resolved (without fever-reducing medication)

  • AND symptoms have improved.

People who test positive for COVID-19 but never develop symptoms should remain at home and away from others for at least 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test. This guidance applies to all individuals who test positive for COVID-19, even those who are fully vaccinated.

Learn more how to care for yourself or others with COVID-19 at

Talk with your medical provider for more information or call the King County COVID-19 Call Center between 8AM – 7PM at 206-477-3977. Interpreters are available.

Q: Who should I contact if my student or someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19?

Contact the school office or your school nurse immediately. Contact information at the top.

Q: How does contact tracing work?

Contact tracing is completed by the school nurse or administrator who has had appropriate training through an approved contact tracing course.  Interviews with necessary staff, parent/guardian, and looking at seating charts help us determine close contacts. Close contacts who work or go to school within the Riverview School District will be notified by a school nurse or administrator regardless of if the contact was at school or outside school.  This information will be reported to Public Health Seattle King County.

Q: If there is a positive case at my student’s school, will I be notified?

If your student has been identified as a close contact, you will be notified.  If your student may have been in contact with the individual, but not considered a close contact, you may receive a notification that there was a positive case at school, but your student is not considered a close contact.

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