Contact Tracing, Quarantining and Isolation

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Close Contact and Quarantine


Close Contact and QuarantineCONTACT TRACING, QUARANTINING & ISOLATION

 

To prepare for the potential of students or staff infected with COVID-19 while at school, schools will have a response and communication plan in place that includes communication with staff, families, their school district, and their local health jurisdiction. 


Schools will provide instruction to students to who are excluded from school due to illness or quarantine.

At the bottom of this page is a document from the Department of Health with information for the public on What to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms and has confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19.

 

QUARANTINE

 

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. People who may be exempt from quarantine: 

 

  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms, do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Close contact who had confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months, have recovered and do not have symptoms, do not need to quarantine but should watch for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop. 

If a close contact is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months and does not have symptoms, the close contact must be quarantined. 


Close contacts with symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the steps under the section What to Do if Someone Develops Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School. This information can be found on the Responding to Cases of COVID or Exposure tab.

 

ISOLATION

 

If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they can return to school when the following criteria are met:

  • 10 days since symptom onset, or since positive test specimen collection date if no symptoms are present (up to 20 days for those for those who are severely ill or severely immunocompromised), AND
  • 24 hours after fever resolves without use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms have improved 

This isolation guidance applies regardless of vaccination status.

 

If a person with COVID-19 symptoms tests negative for SARS-CoV-2 with a molecular test, they may return to school following existing school illness management policies so long as they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and subject to quarantine. 


Department of Health Information on COVID-19What to do if someone has COVID-19 symptoms and has confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19.