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COVID Updates - Reference Notes

All test results or other COVID related concerns should be sent to

Students should stay home and get evaluated/tested if : They have been a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID19 or if they have any of the following symptoms - vomiting, diarrhea, fever greater than 100.4F, or a cough that is new and different than normal for them.

Masks - Medical style masks are the recommended mask. Technically these are called non-woven multilayer masks. The masks that we have been providing at school meet the specification.

FULLY VACCINATED - The definition of fully vaccinated has been updated. Fully vaccinated now means also having the booster dose if the person is ELIGIBLE to receive a booster. A person exposed to someone positive is not required to quarantine if the person is fully vaccinated. Booster eligibility from CDC

Isolation = when a person needs to shelter themselves because they are positive

Quarantine = when a person needs to shelter themselves because they have been exposed

Isolation - for someone who tests positive or has symptoms

Day 0 = the day that symptoms start, or the day the positive test was TAKEN  if there were no symptoms

Day 1 = the first day after Day 0

A person who has a positive COVID infection needs to isolate for at least 5 days, and can end isolation AFTER the Day 5 if the following conditions are true:

  1. A) symptoms have improved
  2. B) no fever for 24 hours, without fever reducing medicine
  3. C) a negative test, and in this case an antigen test will be most useful. Home tests are valid for this. We will need a photo.

After Day 10, you can leave quarantine/isolation without a test as long as conditions A & B are met.

Masking after a positive test - All individuals who have tested positive need to continue wearing a mask both indoors and outdoors for the full 10 days after Day 0. Even though you can resume activity after Day 5 with the conditions met, full masking both indoors and outdoors must be continued for 10 days at school.

Exposure, close contacts & quarantine A close contact is a person who was within 6 feet with a child with 1 or more symptoms consistent with possible COVID19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period OR had direct contact with bodily fluids/secretions with a child with 1 symptoms consistent with possible COVID 19. Close contacts must quarantine unless they are exempt by vaccination status. For students in a school setting, the quarantine is called a Modified Quarantine.


For modified quarantine, masking must have been fully in place at time of exposure. Modified quarantine means that if a students is a close contact, but is free of symptoms and was fully masking during the time of the exposure, then that student can continue attending their scheduled school classes. On modified quarantine, masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors and the student must follow full quarantine in the community outside of the school setting.

A quarantine exempt person is someone who has full vaccination plus a booster, or full vaccination but is not yet eligible for a booster. While no quarantine is not required for exempt people, a negative test is required on Day 5 in order to remain in school

What type of COVID test? 

The most accurate test to initially test for COVID19 infection is the PCR/NAAT test.

Once someone has symptoms or a positive test, the antigen test is the best tool for leaving isolation. This is because it is testing the immune response to the virus known to be present. A PCR test evaluates the presence of viral DNA. After a confirmed positive we know there is viral DNA and that viral material can remain circulating in the body for up to 3 months. So when an infection has been verified, a NAAT/PCR test within the next 90 days will quite possibly still read positive, even if the person has recovered from the infection.