Sunstone Respiratory Virus Policy

The following guidelines are informed by the CDC and are subject to change at anytime. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you.

If you have travel plans, please familiarize yourself with our Travel Recommendations. Thank you.


In addition to the virus that causes COVID-19, there are many other types of respiratory viruses, including flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)


  • Stay home if you exhibit ANY of the symptoms listed below.
  • Stay home if you test positive for a respiratory viral illness.


The following list of respiratory viral symptoms is in accordance with the CDC:

  • Fever or chills (fever being 100.4 degrees F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue (feeling unwell, lethargic, unable to participate in normal activities)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Regardless of vaccination status, individuals who exhibit one or more of the symptoms listed above will:

  • Stay home
  • Email with symptoms
  • Return to school when symptom free AND fever free for at least 24 hours, without the aid of fever-reducing medication, or in the case of vomiting and/or diarrhea, symptom free for a full 48 hours.


  • Testing is a core prevention strategy which allows us to alert our community of any positive cases. This information is very important for members of our community who are immunocompromised, and helps us all keep the spread of respiratory viruses to an absolute minimum.
  • Testing is not required, however, we strongly recommend testing for respiratory illness at the onset of symptoms, and/or if you have been exposed to a positive case.
  • Please email attendance with any test results.


  • Individuals who test positive and do not exhibit symptoms are not required to stay home.
  • We strongly recommend individuals age 3 and older, who test positive and are asymptomatic, wear a well-fitting face mask indoors, for at least five full days, after the positive test date. Toddlers may wear a face mask if they are able to put it on and take it off by themselves, it’s well-fitting, and they can tolerate it.


  • Individuals who have been exposed to a known positive case do not need to stay home and face masking is recommended but optional.


  • Wearing a well-fitting face mask is a core prevention strategy to protect yourself and others from the spread of respiratory viruses.
  • Face masks are optional indoors and outdoors, at any time, for any member of our community.
  • Anyone age 3 and older is welcome to wear a face mask at anytime. Toddlers may wear a face mask if they are able to put it on and take it off by themselves, and they can tolerate it.


  • We strongly encourage wearing a well fitting mask when traveling and when in large public spaces/gatherings.
  • Stay Home if Symptoms Arise: If student or staff travelers exhibit any symptoms after returning home, please stay home and follow our guidance for individuals with symptoms.
  • Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of the entire Sunstone community.