What contact tracing and quarantine procedures will be implemented if a student or staff member is a close contact or infected with COVID-19?

Update: July 13, 2021

The CDC continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine, However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives (this does not apply to children under kindergarten age):   

  1. A student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after day 10 without testing as long as the student or staff member has remained symptom-free and continues to monitor for symptoms through the full 14 day period.  They must agree to immediately isolate and get tested if symptoms appear within that 14-day period.   
  2. A student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after day 7 with a negative COVID-19 PCR test on or after day 5,, if they remain symptom-free and agree to immediately isolate if symptoms appear within that 14 day period.

Students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate and not return to school until they have been out at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test without symptoms, remain fever-free for 24 hours, and show a consistent improvement of symptoms.

Contact tracing is handled by the Howard County Health Department (HCHD), with support from and in coordination with the HCPSS Office of Health Services.