Quarantine Protocols for Students and Staff Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Who needs to quarantine?
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
When Is Quarantine Required for A Student or Staff?
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
- Students or staff who have a household member testing positive for COVID-19 will be ordered to quarantine at home.
- If a student or staff lives with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g., roommate, partner, family member), and that person has isolated by staying in a separate bedroom and they have had no close contact with the person since they
isolated. The last day of quarantine is 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 began home isolation.
- If the student or staff ended up having close contact with the person who is sick during the original 14-day quarantine, they must restart quarantine from the last day of close contact. Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and there has been close contact, quarantine must be restarted from the last day of contact.
- If a student or staff member goes home with COVID-19 like symptoms, they should stay at home for 14 days, with the certain exceptions outlined in When Can A Student Or Staff Return To School After Quarantine, below.
If a Student or Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19
- If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, students in that class will be placed on distance learning. The school nurse and site principal will consult with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and will notify parents as to when students may return to school.
- Remember that contact is highly unlikely due to 6-feet spacing and face coverings worn by both students and staff.
- Classroom will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before students return.
Prior to Test Results
Regarding a student or teacher who goes home with COVID-19 like symptoms: A class will continue instruction at school until the student or staff member with COVID-19 like symptoms has a positive test result.
Positive COVID-19 Test Results
If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, students and teacher will be sent home and will continue with learning via distance learning.
If a school staff member (instructional assistant, secretary, intervention specialist, etc…) tests positive for COVID-19, the school nurse will contact the CDPH for further instructions for tracing and to determine which students/class/staff members may be required to quarantine.
When Can a Student or Staff Return to School After Quarantine?
Students or staff may return to school after an absence due to COVID-19 related illness when the following criteria are met
Healthcare practitioner’s notice to return to work/school in accordance with school district/county office of education policy. Student or Staff Tested Negative to Covid-19 A student or staff may return to school after a negative COVID-19 test when:
- A student or staff member with a negative COVID-19 test and no contact with COVID19 positive person may return to school after 72 hours.
- A student or staff member with a negative COVID-19 test and contact with a COVID-19
positive person will stay at home for 10 days.