Current Quarantine and Isolation Policies 2022-23

Updated 7-27-22
This information may be updated frequently.


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WHEN TO STAY/GO HOME

  • Individuals should stay/go home from school/work if they have symptoms of COVID, have tested positive for COVID, or have been diagnosed by a physician with any highly contagious disease.
    • Check for any COVID symptoms every day before heading to school.
    • If your student has ONE of the “more common” symptoms or TWO “less common” symptoms (see sidebar), they need to stay/go home from school, regardless of vaccination status or prior history of COVID.
      • Sick students should get a COVID test.
        • At-home tests may be available from the school. Please contact the Health Office: mlapos@marineareaschool.org
        • The school will no longer test students or staff on campus
        • If the test is negative, but the student does have COVID symptoms, they should stay home for at least 24 hours until after symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
        • If the test is positive, click here for guidance.
    • If the student with symptoms has a sibling in school:
      • If COVID test is negative, symptom-free siblings can stay in school.
      • If COVID test is positive, see Close Contact sections below.

Please email attendance@marineareaschool.org when your student is absent or late for any reason, and to report illnesses.


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CLOSE CONTACT — FULLY VACCINATED

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    • If the close contact is both vaccinated and has no symptoms:
      • Student/staff can remain at school.
      • Monitor for symptoms.
      • Testing is strongly recommended.
    • If the close contact is vaccinated and has symptoms:
      • Stay home until 24 hours after symptom improvement.
      • Return to school after a negative COVID test.

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CLOSE CONTACT — NOT FULLY VACCINATED

  • For close contacts living in the same home with the COVID patient who are not fully vaccinated:
    • If no symptoms: 
      • If someone in your household has a confirmed case of COVID-19, siblings and all others who are not fully vaccinated or have not had lab confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days should stay home and away from all activities for at least 5 full days.
    • If symptoms develop:
      • Continue to stay home and test for COVID. 
      • Negative test required before returning to school.
      • If continuing to test negative, person may return 24 hours after symptom improvement.
    • If student/staff tests positive:
      • Stay home for 5 days after a positive test. 
      • Return to school/activities on day 6 only if fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms have improved.
      • Wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after return to school, including while outdoors. (N95, KN95, KF94, or 4-ply surgical masks are recommended.)
      • Must eat lunch/snack socially distanced through days 6–10.
  • For unvaccinated close contacts not living in the same household: 
    • Students (exposure in a school setting)
      • If the potential exposure happened at school and the close contact was wearing a mask, the close contact does not need to quarantine.
      • Monitor for symptoms.
      • If symptomatic, stay home and get tested.
    • Students (exposure NOT in a school setting)
      • Unvaccinated students who have a close contact not in a school setting should stay home for 5 days and monitor for symptoms.
    • Staff
      • Unvaccinated staff who are close contacts need to quarantine for 5 days, monitor for symptoms, and get tested for COVID before returning to work.
      • However, if the staff member was demonstrably not within six feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period, they may not be required to quarantine. The staff member should test daily for 5 days (using at-home tests, which may be provided by the school) and wear a well-fitting mask.
      • Please consult with the health office.

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FOR COVID-POSITIVE STUDENTS AND STAFF

  • Symptomatic COVID-positive persons must stay home and isolate for at least 5 days after the symptoms started, even if fully vaccinated.
    • Asymptomatic persons, who do NOT have symptoms, must stay home for 5 days from the date they tested positive, even if fully vaccinated.
  • Return to school on day 6 only if fever free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
  • Must wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after returning to school, including while outdoors. (N95, KN95, KF94, or 4-ply surgical masks are recommended.)
  • Must eat lunch/snack socially distanced through days 6–10.   

Please email attendance@
marineareaschool.org
 when your student is absent or late for any reason, and to report illnesses.


Notes


COVID-19 Symptoms

Please also refer to this symptom guide from the CDC

  • More common symptoms are one or more of these: 
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • New cough or a cough that gets worse
    • Difficulty/hard time breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell.  
  • Less common symptoms are two or more of these: 
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea 
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired 
    • New severe/very bad headache
    • New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose.

Please email attendance@marineareaschool.org when your student is absent or late for any reason, and to report illnesses.