COVID Quarantine Guidelines

Updated 11/3/2020

Quarantine vs. Isolation? 

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, but aren’t sick yet. 

Isolation is for people who are sick or who have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, you should isolate. This means you stay at home except to get medical care.
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you should isolate until your symptoms have gotten better and you are fever-free for 24 hours and it has been at least 10 days since you first got sick or tested positive. This means you did not use medicine to lower your fever.Low Risk School Exposure Test and Return

These guidelines only apply to exposures that occur at school.

A student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at a school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:  

  1. The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in school. 
  2. The quarantined student, teacher, or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test result must be from at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive. 
  3. The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19.

The Low Risk Test and Return protocol DOES NOT apply to students, teachers, staff, or settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.  It DOES NOT apply to any exposure outside the classroom setting.

If the student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed meets ALL three criteria he or she may return to work, school or related activities, if the employee or the parents of the student choose. If the person does not meet ALL three criteria or chooses not to get tested, he or she should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure. 

Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 and comes back to school must continue to watch for symptoms. If employees or students get symptoms, they should isolate at home and immediately call their healthcare provider.These guidelines Only apply to exposures that occur at school during the school day.  NOT extra-curricular activities. 


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Everyone must help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. 

Students should:

  • Tell their parents or teacher if they feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay home from schooland other activities if they feel sick or have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering or maskat school.
  • Practice physical distancingas much as possible.
  • Wash their handswith soap and water often.

Parents should:

  • Check their child for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before school.
  • Take their child’s temperature every day before school. If their child has a temperature of 100.4o F (38o C) or higher, the child has a fever. If parents do not have a thermometer, they should check their child’s skin to see if it feels warm or is red, or ask if he or she have chills or are sweaty.
  • Keep their child home from school if he or she feels sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.

*Fever *NEW cough. * shortness of breath. *decrease in sense of smell or taste.   *sore throat. *muscle aches or pains.*

New sore throat/ cough/ runny nose symptoms? 

  • Keep the student home for 24 hours. 
  • We suggest you contact your healthcare provider for recommendations specific to your family & child’s health history. 

*If fever doesn’t develop in 24 hours from symptom onset, then ok to come to school if other symptoms are improving without fever reducing medications for 24 hours . 

  • Follow the quarantine guidance if their child or anyone who lives in their home is exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Help their child clean his or her cloth face covering or mask.

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