COVID-19 Exposure Guidance
The following is public health guidance on what to do if you’ve been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19.
Close contact includes the following circumstances:
- Living in the same household with a confirmed case of COVID-19; or,
- Being within six feet of a person confirmed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more; or,
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (e.g. being coughed on, sharing utensils, etc.).
Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can return to school after:
- 14 days have passed since the last day they were in close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19.
If a student develops symptoms during their 14-day quarantine period, they should call/consult with their healthcare provider and seek testing for COVID-19.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the COVID-19 Positive Guidance.
- In families that continue to live together with a COVID-positive individual, the close contact individual’s quarantine begins immediately, but the 14-day count does not start until the last positive family member has finished their infectious period. (This can add up to quite a bit of time.)
- A negative test does not shorten the 14-day quarantine period.
- If you are out of school due to exposure and end up testing positive for COVID-19, please notify the school right away.
- If you are concerned about your health, please notify your healthcare provider and your school, and do not come to school.
- A point of clarification: Exposure to someone who was exposed to someone else with COVID-19 is typically not considered an exposure.