Isolation Period Change from 10 to 5 Days

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is updating the isolation period for COVID-19-positive students and staff in schools and childcare settings. In accordance with updated guidance from the California Department of Public Health and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 can return after 5 days of isolation (previously 10 days) IF 

  • they no longer have a fever, AND
  • their other symptoms are getting better, AND
  • they have a negative test collected on or after day 5. Both PCR/NAAT and antigen tests are acceptable. 

As part of the updated recommendations for isolation, these individuals must wear masks while around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days. 

The changes above apply for isolation (someone who has tested positive). At this time, there are no changes to quarantine for exposures or close contacts in schools or childcare. We are expecting this to come soon and will update you as possible.  

We are unable to finalize changes to our web resources over the holiday weekend, but programs can begin observing these changes. Once finalized they will be reflected in the following resources.