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Covid-19 Protocols

Isolate vs. Quarantine

  • You isolate when you are already infected with COVID-19 and have tested positive, even if you do not have symptoms. Isolation is used to separate people who are infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
  • You quarantine when you might have been exposed to COVID-19. This is because you might become infected with COVID-19 and could spread COVID-19 to others.

COVID-19 Isolation Guidance for K-12 Schools

Students, teachers & staff who test positive for COVID-19 and/or display COVID-19 symptoms should isolate regardless of vaccination status:

  • If asymptomatic, monitor for symptoms for days 0 – 10; and
  • Isolate at home for days 0 – 5 (day “0” is day symptoms begin or day test was taken
    for those without symptoms); and
  • If symptoms have improved or no symptoms developed, return to school, while
    wearing a well-fitted mask, for days 6 -10; or
  • Stay home for days 0 - 10 if unwilling/unable to wear a mask.

If you have a fever, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance for K-12 Schools

Close contacts of a COVID-19 case do not need to quarantine at home if they:

  • Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days
  • Are up to date on all recommended COVID-19 vaccines for which they are eligible

These contacts should still conduct symptom monitoring and “Mask to Stay” for 10 days from the date of last exposure.

Close contacts of a COVID-19 case who do not meet the criteria above need to quarantine or may test to stay and mask to stay. Exposed individuals may:

  • Home quarantine for days 1-5, if feasible test on day 5, AND “Mask to Stay” for days 6-10, OR
  • "Test to Stay”* for days 1-5 AND “Mask to Stay” for days 1-10; OR
  • Home quarantine for days 1-10 if unable/unwilling to mask

Students, teachers & staff should monitor for symptoms throughout quarantine period (days 1 through 10). Day “0” is day of last close contact with any COVID-19 positive student, teacher, or staff. If symptoms develop, get tested.

Symptom Monitoring

During days 1-10 following exposure:

  • Watch for symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If symptoms develop, get tested immediately and isolate until receiving test results. If they test positive, then follow isolation recommendations.
  • If they do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after they were last exposed.
  • If possible, stay away from people that they live with, especially people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19

For the full 10 days after last exposure, avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings