Updated September 21, 2021

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. In the event someone tests positive for COVID-19, all close contacts will be identified and made aware of our quarantine protocols. A close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious.

If at any point during a quarantine period someone experiences signs/symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they will discontinue quarantine and begin following the isolation protocols above. 

After careful review of the CDC and Seattle-King County Public Health recommendations for quarantining following exposure to COVID-19, and coupled with the high transmission levels (inclusive of breakthrough cases), we have modified our quarantine policy to reflect the following: 

Quarantine Protocol 

A person identified as a close contact can return to campus once all of the following criteria are met:

  • At least 7 days have passed since the last close contact with the COVID-19 positive person, AND,
  • A negative COVID-19 test has been conducted on day 5 of the quarantine period. The test results must be sent to the Health Coordinator, AND,
  • Your student must be free of any COVID-19 signs or symptoms. 

Close Contact Definition

Generally, a close contact is someone who was within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least a cumulative of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period during the period of time when the person with COVID-19 was infectious. The definition applies regardless of whether the case or contact was wearing a mask. 

In a K-12 indoor classroom, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least three feet away from an infected student when (a) both students were wearing face coverings/masks, and (b) other prevention strategies were in place.

Note: This exception does not apply to teachers, faculty, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. The ultimate determination of close contact is made by the local health jurisdiction during its investigation.