• FAQs about Quarantine: 

     

    Quarantine: Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from other people. Quarantine means you need to stay home and away from other people for 14 days. This means you can’t do any activities outside of your home, like going to school, work, or out to do errands or recreation. You should separate yourself from others and check yourself for symptoms.

    If you are living with someone who is under quarantine, stay at least 6 feet from them. People under quarantine should wear a mask in common spaces, use a separate bathroom, eat separately, and otherwise not be in close contact with others in the household who are not under quarantine. Be sure to disinfect commonly touched surfaces, and check yourself for symptoms for 14 days.

    Can a student continue to attend school if their sibling is identified as a close contact and under quarantine?  When a student is identified as a close contact, but not positive themselves, siblings are still allowed to attend school if the person (parent or child) who is a close contact is able to quarantine from the rest of the family. If families are unable to keep the close-contact parent or child quarantined from all other family members, they must keep their other students at home. Each family system and setup is unique in terms of how and when they interact in their home, so it’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. This can also vary greatly depending on the age and developmental stage of the student. 

    If I am fully vaccinated, do I need to quarantine?  No, people who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after receiving their second dose) do not need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact.  However, they should monitor for symptoms and get tested should symptoms of COVID-19 develop.  Because children under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination, they will need to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a positive case.  

    When can a student return to school?  

    • If it is decided not to test and an alternative diagnosis is made (i.g. strep throat), they can return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • If it is decided not to test and no alternative diagnosis is made, they can return to school when their symptoms have improved, it has been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • If a COVID test is recommended and the result is negative, the student can return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    • If a COVID test is recommended and the result is positive, please notify the school nurse. The student can return to school when their symptoms have improved, it has been at least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.