• Quarantine and Isolation

     

    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.

     

    VACCINATED EXPOSURES:

    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:

     

    If asymptomatic:

    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.

     If symptomatic:

    Students who begin to show COVID-19 symptoms will stay home to isolate and will be encouraged to get tested for the virus 

     

    UNVACCINATED EXPOSURES:

    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:

     

    If asymptomatic:

    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:

    1. The student is asymptomatic; AND 
    2. The student continues to wear a mask (as required); AND 
    3. The student undergoes at least twice weekly COVID-19 testing during their 10-day quarantine**AND 
    4. 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 homequarantine can end for asymptomatic students when the following is true: 

    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: 

    quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen is collected after Day 5 from the date of last exposure and tests negativeas 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. 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 symptomatic:

    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: 

    1. Symptoms have improved; AND 
    2. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND 
    3. A healthcare provider has provided documentation that symptoms are not contagious; OR it’s been 10 days since symptoms onset. 

     

    Back to the COVID-19 Safety Plan page