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Top Things to Know About COVID and When to Keep Kids Home
Posted 8/25/20

Graphic of top things to know About COVID and when to keep kids home

  • Children should NOT be sent to school while a household member is in isolation at home for a positive case of COVID. The positive household member is infectious and can transmit COVID up until their 10th day of isolation.
  • After a COVID positive household member spends 10 days in isolation, other household members will then need to begin 14 days of quarantine to allow time for symptoms to appear or not. *If no symptoms present, then on day 5 of the 14 days of quarantine, that symptom-free household member can test, and with a negative test result can return on day 8 of their quarantine (allowing minimally 7 days of quarantine), or if remaining symptom-free throughout can return after 10 days of their quarantine, and for both these timelines of return from quarantine, continue to closely monitor symptoms up to the 14th day and immediately isolate if any symptoms present.  All returning must continue to wear masks upon return, social distance, and hand hygiene, including grades PreK - 2 use of mask until the14 days is completed.
  • If other household members show COVID symptoms during quarantine, they begin 10 days of isolation and are not to go in public or return to school or work until they are symptom-free.
  • A person cannot test out of quarantine, even with a negative COVID test result.  
  • If you are in direct contact with someone awaiting test results, you must quarantine.
  • Following a COVID positive diagnosis and 10 days isolation, repeat testing is not recommended due to the possibility of false positive results.
  • If direct contact is made outside of the home with someone COVID positive, and there is prolonged contact for more than 15 minutes and less than 6-feet of physical distance, quarantining is necessary for 14 days (*see above)
  • For more information, visit the district health information page.