Quarantine, Isolation and Positives
(See District February 2022 COVID-19 Update)
Quarantine of close contacts (household or otherwise) to a positive COVID-19 case is no longer required. While it remains recommended that anyone that has been exposed, especially someone that lives in the same household as a positive case, should quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. The school district will no longer monitor and enforce such quarantine.
What to Do If Instructed to Quarantine
If you have been informed that you are a close contact and are required to quarantine:
Please inform the school. Please include either the date of contact or the last date of quarantine date given to you by the health department.
Acceptable Quarantine Options for Close Contacts in the Educational Setting:
1. Stay home for 10-14 days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19
2. If PCR test result (collected on Day 5 or later) is negative, quarantine may end after Day 7 (and return to school on day 8).
What does it mean to quarantine?
- To the furthest extent possible, please stay home and avoid contact with others.
- Only the person who was in close contact will need to quarantine (not other siblings or family members). If you do choose to get tested, all household members are expected to remain home until results are back.
- Generally speaking, a close contact will need to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact.
- If the close contact is within the household, all household members should quarantine during the positive person's isolation period AND 10 days after.
ONLY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAY RELEASE OR GIVE TRUE DATES OF QUARANTINE OR ISOLATION. We will refer to the letter from the health department for dates for return to school.
What to Do if Someone in your house has COVID
Acceptable Quarantine Options for Unvaccinated Close Contacts in a Household:
1. Stay home for 10-14 days after last exposure with household member who has COVID-19 (the last possible exposure is the last day of the COVID-19 positive household member’s 10-day isolation period)
2. If PCR test result (collected on Day 15 or later) is negative, quarantine may end after Day 17, and return to school on day 18.
(per the Kent County Health Department Symptom and Testing Protocol)
Visit the Kent County Health Department for more details.