Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24-hour period. Please note that the at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated.
The following close contacts are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols:
• Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated close contacts: Individuals who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Classroom close contacts: An individual who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual in the classroom while both individuals were masked, so long as the individuals were spaced at least 3 feet apart, is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Bus close contacts: Individuals on buses must be masked according to federal requirements. As such, individuals who are masked on buses when windows are open are exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols.
• Close contacts who have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days: An individual who has been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 and then becomes a close contact of someone with COVID-19 is exempt from testing and quarantine response protocols if:
o The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
o The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms
For individuals who test positive
• Duration: Self-isolation for COVID-19 positive cases is a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset or after positive PCR or antigen test, if asymptomatic.
• Return to school: After 10 days 5 and once they have:
o Been without fever for 24 hours (and without taking fever-reducing medications); and
o Experienced improvement in other symptoms; and
o Individuals who do not meet these criteria after 10 days may receive clearance from either public health authority contact tracers (the local board of health
or Community Tracing Collaborative) or school health professional before returning to school.
• Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended.
For Non-Vaccinated Individuals Defined as Close Contacts
• Duration: Quarantine is at least 7 days from the date of exposure
• Return to School: After 7 days, returning on day 8, provided that they:
o Remain asymptomatic
o Receive a COVID test (PCR or rapid antigen) on day 5 or later and receive a negative result
o Conduct active monitoring for symptoms through day 14, and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
• Note: If an individual has symptoms at the time they are designated as a close contact or within the 14 days following initial exposure, they follow the protocol for symptomatic individuals.
For all Vaccinated and Non-Vaccinated Individuals who become symptomatic (But not Covid-positive and have not had a known close contact)
Duration: Dependent on symptom resolution
• Return to School: Individuals may return to school after they:
o Have received a negative PCR test result for COVID-19. Note: So long as the individual is not a close contact, if a medical professional makes an alternative
diagnosis for the COVID-19-like symptoms, the individual may use this recommendation (e.g., for influenza or strep pharyngitis) in lieu of a PCR test.
o Have improvement in symptoms
o Have been without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
For Vaccinated Close Contacts
Isolate from the positive party as possible.
You do not need to quarantine and may continue to attend school if you are a close contact and remain asymptomatic.
If symptoms occur refer back to the guidelines for symptomatic individuals of close contacts.
Vaccinated individuals should follow local guidelines but upon return asymptomatic vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or provide a negative test for domestic travel.
Unvaccinated individuals must be tested 3-5 upon return and isolated for 7 days. If they become symptomatic during that time they must repeat testing and refer to the protocol for symptomatic individuals. (All ages)
All international travelers (Vaccinated and unvaccinated) must abide by international travel guidelines and get tested 5 days upon return and remain isolated for 7 days upon return.