What are HCPSS' quarantine procedures for students?

Update: Sept. 15, 2021

Only unvaccinated students and adults who are identified as close contacts must quarantine. Vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine unless they receive a positive test or are displaying symptoms, however they will be expected to monitor their symptoms closely for the 14 days. It’s also recommended that vaccinated individuals get tested 3-5 days after exposure regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms.

The following relates to unvaccinated students or staff members only:
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. An unvaccinated 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. An unvaccinated 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.

Unvaccinated or vaccinated 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.