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Covid-19 Attendance & Quarantine Protocol

Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority and it is our hope that through proactive safety measures, clear communication and a collaborative effort between home and school that we will continue to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus.  

Therefore, in an effort to clarify procedures and possibly answer questions we are often asked by parents, students and staff, below you will find our COVID Attendance/Health-Office Quarantine Protocol.  Please take a moment to read it carefully.  

when, how and to whom you should report an absence

If your student is showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) please keep them home, report their absence to the Attendance Hotline (760) 631-8505, and also contact our GPA health office (760) 631-8500 Ext 2107 so that we may provide you guidance and options for return.

IMPORTANT: When calling in or messaging the school about a student’s absence, please try to avoid using terms such as “my child is SICK, ILL or NOT FEELING WELL” as it is problematic when we are determining the proper attendance guidance for your student. The more specific you are; the better guidance we can provide you.

COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Episodes of fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Severe Headache


1.) If your student has previously been diagnosed as positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, he/she is exempt from quarantine and may return as soon as they are feeling well enough to do so, without testing. 


2.) If your student is exhibiting any one of the possible COVID-19 Symptoms, however, has a verified medical diagnosis of another illness that accounts for the symptoms, it will not be necessary for them to test – you may email our Health Office the doctor's note explaining the reason for the symptoms for clearance before returning and then your student may return to school when feeling well enough to do so. 

Options for Return

You may test your student for COVID-19 within 48 hours of symptom onset with either an Antigen test (rapid home-test) or PCR test (testing site - lab test).

  • If using an Antigen (rapid home-test kit,) you will need to test them again, the following day.  If both test results are negative, your student may return to school as long as they have not had a fever in the 24 hours prior to return and their symptoms are improving.  Please send your student's final test result to the Health Office at for clearance before returning.
  • If using a PCR (testing site – lab test) you will NOT need to test them again the next day.  They may return to school as long as their result is negative and they have not had a fever in the 24 hours prior to return and their symptoms are improving. Please send your student’s negative PCR results to the Health Office at for clearance before returning.  The closest testing site is at:

Vista Adult Transition Center

(Across the Street from Vista High School)

325 Bobier Drive Vista, CA  92084


(If your student’s test result is positive, please submit the results to the Health Office and we will contact you    with attendance guidance according to your student’s particular circumstances.)

The second option for return is to keep your student home for 10 days without testing.  If you choose this option, your student may return on DAY 11, without submitting any test results.

Returning to Campus After Quarantine

Upon returning to campus, all 6th-12th graders will need to check in at the Attendance Office to get their readmit slip before being admitted to class. GPPA students may go directly to class.

Non-covid reasons for absence

If your student is exhibiting NON-COVID symptoms, (examples listed below) it is NOT necessary to inform the health office.  Please call only the attendance line, as usual, report your student’s absence and state the reason why.

NON-COVID symptoms

  • Personal Reasons
  • Stomach Ache
  • Toothache
  • Injury
  • Earache 
  • Doctor/Dental Appt. 
  • Other Reasons Not Related to COVID
PCR Testing and ANTIGEN Testing:

Guajome does not offer PCR testing at this time.  We offer only on-site Antigen testing to students identified as “close-contacts,” to allow for in-school quarantine. PCR testing may be obtained at the Vista Adult Transitional Center (across the street from Vista High School) 325 Bobier Drive Vista, CA 92084, during normal school hours.