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Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines

 

Student or staff member has COVID-19 symptoms

 

If a student or staff member has been excluded from school due to COVID-19 symptoms, they may return to school when the following criteria are met:

 


•    Negative COVID-19 test  -OR-
•    At least 5 days have passed since the start of symptoms and a note that symptoms have significantly improved and no fever in the past 24 hours without fever reducing medicine  -OR-
•    Doctor’s note clearing the return to school with no further exclusions
•    A mask MUST be worn days 6-10.  If a mask is not worn, a 10-day isolation must be observed.

 

Student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19

 

Students and staff members who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to notify the school nurse and isolate at home until the following criteria are met:

 

May return on day 6 from start of symptoms if:
o    24 hours have passed since the last fever without fever reducing medicine
o    Provide a note stating symptoms have significantly improved
o    A mask MUST be worn on days 6-10.  If a mask is not worn, a 10-day isolation must be observed.

 

 

Student or staff member is exposed (close contact) to a COVID-19 positive person at school or outside the home

 

Students and staff who are maximally vaccinated or have been positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, are not required to quarantine if exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, unless they have COVID symptoms.  A mask must be worn for 10 days from the date of close contact exposure.
Unvaccinated students who must quarantine due to close contact to a positive person may return to school when the following criteria are met:

May return on day 6 from the last known contact with the positive person if:
o    Experienced NO COVID symptoms during the quarantine period. A note must be presented to the school nurse stating there has been no symptoms during quarantine.
o    DHEC recommends a COVID test on day 5.  (Not required as long as other criteria are met.)
 
Covid tests may be scheduled through the links below:
District Office Location - https://hipaa.jotform.com/220184398124152
Master Skill Center Location - https://hipaa.jotform.com/220118779488165
 
 
Please note: A mask MUST be worn on days 6-10.  If a mask is not worn, a 10-day isolation must be observed.
Close contacts who develop symptoms while in quarantine must be tested for COVID-19.  If the test is positive, guidelines for positive cases are followed.  
If the result is negative, the person can return to school if:
•    It has been at least 5 days since the first day of symptoms  -AND-
•    It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever without fever reducing medicine  -AND-
•    Provides a note stating symptoms have significantly improved
•    A mask MUST be worn days 6-10.  If a mask is not worn a 10-day quarantine must be observed.
 

 

Student or staff member lives in the home with a COVID-19 positive person

 

A student or staff member living in the same home with a COVID-19 positive person must quarantine unless:
•    The close contact is maximally vaccinated
•    The close contact has been positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days
•    The close contact can completely separate from the positive person in the home.  If the close contact can COMPLETELY separate from the positive person, out of home close contact exposure guidelines will be followed.
If the above criteria cannot be met, the close contact person must quarantine and may return to school on day 11 from the start of the positive person’s symptoms if: 
•    They have experienced NO COVID-19 symptoms during the quarantine period.  A note must be presented to the school nurse that no symptoms have been experienced during the quarantine period.
•    DHEC recommends a Covid test on day 10.  (Not required as long as the other criteria are met.)
 
A Covid test can be scheduled using the links below:
District Office Location – https://hipaa.jotform.com/220184398124152
Master Skill Center Location - https://hipaa.jotform.com/220118779488165

Please note- A mask must be worn on days 11-15. 
If a close contact in the home develops COVID symptoms during quarantine, they must be tested for COVID-19.  If the result is positive, guidelines for positive cases are followed.
If the result is negative, the close contact can return to school when:
•    It has been at least 5 days since the first day of symptoms of the close contact  -AND-
•    It has been at least 24 hours since the close contact had a fever without fever reducing medicine  -AND-
•    Provides a note stating that symptoms have significantly improved
•    A mask must be worn days 6-10.  If a mask is not worn, a 10-day quarantine must be observed.