The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends a symptom-based strategy to determine the duration of isolation/quarantine for people with COVID-19 who are symptomatic, meaning they have symptoms, or asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms.
Who is fully vaccinated? For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if it’s been two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen) in accordance with CDPH guidelines.
Fully vaccinated students should adhere to the following quarantine guidance set forth by CDPH:
Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 if asymptomatic (meaning no symptoms are present). CDPH recommends that vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to the virus are tested 3-5 days after last exposure and wear a face covering in all public spaces for 14 days.
Students who begin to show COVID-19 symptoms will stay home to isolate and will be encouraged to get tested for the virus.
If students were masked in an indoor or outdoor setting at the time of exposure, unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact may choose to undergo a modified, at school 10-day quarantine as follows:
An unvaccinated student who has been exposed to COVID-19 may continue to attend in-person instruction for an at-school* 10-day quarantine if and only if:
- The student is asymptomatic; AND
- The student continues to wear a mask (as required); AND
- The student undergoes at least twice weekly COVID-19 testing during their 10-day quarantine**; AND
- The student continues to quarantine for all extracurricular activities at school, including sports and activities within the community setting
* At-school quarantines are only an option for asymptomatic students who were masked when indoors or outdoors during the time of exposure.
**COVID-19 tests are not provided by the District. If a student is unable to acquire COVID-19 testing at least twice weekly as outlined, the student will be ineligible to attend in-person instruction and must complete their quarantine at home.
Unvaccinated students who have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not meet the above criteria must remain home for the duration of their 10-day quarantine.
Whether quarantining at-school or at home, quarantine can end for asymptomatic students when the following is true:
A quarantine can end after Day 10 from the date of last exposure without testing, if the student continues to self-monitor for symptoms daily through Day 14 from last known exposure and follows all required mitigation measures in place (wearing a mask, handwashing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure.
If quarantining at home, quarantine can end for asymptomatic students when the following is true:
A quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negative, as long asif the student continues to self-monitor for symptoms daily through Day 14 from last known exposure and follows all required mitigation measures in place (wearing a mask, handwashing, avoiding crowds) through Day 14 from last known exposure.
If asymptomatic, tests positive:
Any student who is asymptomatic but tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until the following is true:
- 1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 specimen test. If the student develops symptoms during this 10-day period, they should follow the isolation guidelines for symptomatic individuals listed in the CDPH Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19.
If an unvaccinated student who is an identified close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case begins to develop symptoms at any point during their quarantine, they must self-isolate at home until they have met the requirements to return to school.
Returning from Isolation After Showing Symptoms
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 can return from isolation at home when the following is true:
- Symptoms have improved; AND
- At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
- A healthcare provider has provided documentation that symptoms are not contagious; OR it’s been 10 days since symptoms onset.