Anyone who reports COVID-19-like symptoms will be immediately isolated from others, sent home, and referred to diagnostic testing as soon as feasible. While waiting to leave school, the symptomatic individual will be isolated in a designated isolation space and will be monitored by the Health Coordinator. The isolation protocols below apply regardless of vaccination status.

Clarification: Shortened isolation period (Updated January 11, 2022)

The CDC recently amended the isolation period for infected individuals from 10 days to five days; they also added a recommendation that those who had previously tested positive to take an antigen test in order to return to school after their isolation period.

Here are important details to know:

  • From the CDC: “Everyone who has presumed or confirmed COVID-19 should stay home and isolate from other people for at least five full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons).” Information about the CDC guidance for isolation protocols and timeline is here. We also recommend that you review the FAQ, “What we know about quarantine and isolation,” particularly the question “When does the clock start on the five days of isolation and quarantine?”
  • This means if a student/faculty member tests positive via a rapid antigen test on-site or PCR test outside of school, the first day of their five days of isolation should begin the day after the test; or, if they are symptomatic, the first full day after they develop symptoms. 
  • On day 6 of isolation, an asymptomatic and fully vaccinated student/faculty member may return to school and take a rapid antigen test on-site first thing in the morning. Please contact Health Coordinator Ya Davis to schedule a test. 
    • If they test positive, they must continue to isolate for the remainder of the 10 days. After a total of 10 days, they may return to school.
    • If they test negative, the student/faculty member is cleared to return to school.
    • More information can be found on the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation webpage, in the section titled “Ending isolation for people who had COVID-19." There is a section for those who had symptoms and those who were asymptomatic.