What happens after exposure depends on your COVID-19 vaccine status.
- If you are fully vaccinated and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 you do not need to quarantine. However, you should get tested 5-7 days after exposure and wear a mask indoors for 14 days or until you receive a negative test. If the test comes back positive or you develop symptoms, you should isolate for 10 days from the date of your test or 10 days from onset of symptoms.
- If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure. Quarantine may be ended early if the following conditions are met:
- 1. After 10 days, if no symptoms develop
- 2. After 7 days, if no symptoms develop AND you receive a ‘negative’ result from a test performed 5 or more days after the last exposure. (PCR tests are recommended)
Quarantine means that because you are now at high risk of developing COVID, you need to stay in your home and away from people. We recommend that you seek COVID-19 testing. If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by a health department case investigator and provided isolation guidance.
Procedures and Protocols When an Individual is Sick, Exposed to COVID, or Positive for COVID
The individual who is ill or who informs a member of administration or a member of the school office that they have been exposed to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be sent to/retained in the office and sent home immediately. If the individual is exhibiting shortness of breath, a high fever, or other distressing symptoms, 911 will be alerted so that the individual can be transported to a healthcare facility.
The area occupied by a sick individual will be closed off so that respiratory droplets can settle, and then thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. All areas that the sick person may have used, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas, will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Close contact tracing and quarantine procedures will be followed according to the flowchart noted on both the CDC and ACHD websites. The COVID-19 flowchart clarifies the steps that will be followed, depending on whether an individual is vaccinated/unvaccinated, how close and how long an individual was in contact with an infected person, and whether an individual is experiencing symptoms or tests positive for COVID in the days following exposure.
The Assistant Principal will be responsible for making decisions regarding quarantine or isolation requirements of faculty and staff.
Conditions to be met prior to the return to school for a staff or student with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 are outlined on the flowchart.
View the COVID-19 Flowchart.