In summary, new guidance regarding isolation and quarantine guidelines for students was just released by the CDPH. Fortunately, as long as COVID positive students have no symptoms AND test negative at Day 5 with an antigen test, that student is eligible to return to school. If your student is COVID positive, the school will work with that particular family to ensure you have antigen tests available. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
CDPH New Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Students – Applies to Students who are COVID PositiveThe California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) recommendations regarding isolation in the event of contracting COVID-19 now apply to students. Under this updated guidance, everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, should follow these recommendations:
Stay home for at least 5 days.
Isolation can end after day 5 IF symptoms are not present or are resolving AND a diagnostic specimen (antigen test preferred) collected on day 5 or later, tests negative.
Although PCR tests are acceptable, they are much less practical and useful in attempting to return to school after 5 days.
If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10.
If fever is present, isolation should be continued until the fever resolves.
If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.
Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
NOTE: If your child has received a positive test result this last week, prior to our return, the school will be in contact with you to let you know what to do and when your child can return to school, under these new guidelines.
Quarantine for Students – Applies to Students who are Direct Contacts of Positive CasesFrom CDPH: "The current CDPH K-12 guidance regarding modified and standard quarantines remains unchanged at this time.” That said, CDPH is actively reviewing new CDC guidance (issued January 6, 2022, and hopes to provide updates soon. Refer to SMCOE Pandemic Recovery Framework (page 27).
NOTE: Unvaccinated students who are direct contacts of a positive case, under current CDPH guidance, must enter a “modified quarantine” period of 10 days. Unvaccinated students in a modified quarantine may remain in school as long as they display no symptoms, have two negative COVID tests within a one-week window, and not participate in any extracurricular activities for 10 days, including school sports.