Isolation & Quarantine

Definitions to understand

Isolation: Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

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Verified positive COVID-19 cases

Any student or staff member who has a verified positive COVID-19 diagnosis — through the Davis County Health Department — will not be allowed to attend school. They will be placed in isolation for 10 days and must be symptom-free before returning to school.

Quarantine recommendations after a school exposure

If you are exposed to someone at school who tests positive for COVID-19, you can continue to come to school if:

• You are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (2 weeks after your final dose), or
• You and the person who tested positive were both wearing masks, or
• You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, or
• You were wearing a N95 or KN95 mask, even if the person who tested positive was not wearing a mask.

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Standard Quarantine Protocol

For anyone who does not meet the criteria outlined in the bulleted items above, the standard protocol after an exposure is to quarantine. Quarantine at home if you are exposed to COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated. We consider anyone who was within 3 feet of an individual with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes to be exposed. You should not go to school, work, church, group gatherings, or extracurricular activities. Isolate and get tested if you get symptoms of COVID-19 after you were exposed, even if you are fully vaccinated or recently had COVID.

Under the standard quarantine protocol, you can end quarantine and return to school:

• On day 10 without testing. You can end quarantine 10 days after the last time you had close contact with the person who tested positive if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
• On day 7 with a negative test result. You must wait at least 7 days after your exposure to be tested. You can end quarantine if your test is negative, and you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Although you can end quarantine after day 10 if you don’t have symptoms or after day 7 if you test negative, you still need to take safety precautions and watch for symptoms for 14 days after you were exposed. Those symptoms include a fever of 100.4 F, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, decreased sense of smell or taste or muscle aches and pains.

Because there is no mask mandate allowed, those returning from quarantine will not be required to wear a mask. However, wearing a face mask to protect oneself and others from COVID-19 is strongly encouraged.

Teachers will work with students who are quarantined or isolated at home. Many of the materials will be accessible digitally through Canvas. In the event that a student is sick and cannot receive in-person instruction, a teacher’s first priority will be to the students in class. After meeting those needs, the teacher will work with students who are not in class to help keep them up to speed with their classmates.