- Fully vaccinated for COVID‑19: if a child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning 2 weeks have passed since their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, then they do not need to quarantine after close contact. It is recommended they monitor for symptoms and test 5-7 days after close contact even if asymptomatic.
- COVID-19 in the last 3 months: if a child had confirmed COVID-19 in the last 90 days (e.g. they had a positive viral test or they were diagnosed by a medical provider), then they do not need to quarantine after close contact. It is recommended they monitor for symptoms and test 5-7 days after close contact even if asymptomatic.
What is modified quarantine
Students who were exposed to COVID‑19 at school can leave quarantine to attend school, ride school buses and public transportation to go to and from school. During modified quarantine, students must not participate in activities outside of school or extracurricular activities at school, including sports and daycare.
Who is in modified quarantine
Modified Quarantine applies only to students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine after close contact.
This does not apply to students who were exposed to COVID‑19 at home, outside of school, or during extracurricular activities like school sports.
During modified Quarantine
To attend school during quarantine,
The student should get tested for COVID19 twice*: once as soon as possible after notification of exposure and once more, on or after day 5 from last date of known Close Contact. Students do not need to be taken out of class for the first test.
The student must remain free of any COVID‑19 symptoms during this time.
* based on availability of tests
Children who tested positive or clinically diagnosed with COVID‑19, and had symptoms
- 5 days have passed since symptoms began, even if symptoms began after the positive test AND
- Symptoms are getting better, AND
- No fever for 24 hours, without taking medicines for fever like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), AND
- A negative test collected on or after Day 5. (If the child is not retested, they must stay home for 10 days after the start of symptoms and may return after the above three bullets are also true.)
Children who Tested positive, but never had symptoms
- 5 days have passed since their positive test was collected (not 5 days after the result was received) AND
- A negative test collected on or after Day 5.
- If the child is not retested, they may return 10 days after their original positive test was collected.