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Quarantine and Testing Guidelines


  • Quarantine is required for (1) any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, (2) displays symptoms and (3) unvaccinated students and employees in close contact. 
  • Unvaccinated students and employees may return to school after seven days with a negative test and no symptoms. Proof of a negative PCR test on the fifth day of quarantine or later is required. Daily symptom monitoring by parents/guardians is required for 14 days after the initial exposure. Otherwise, they may return in 10 days without testing if they have no symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated students and employees without symptoms do not need to quarantine unless they test positive. They should get tested five days after exposure regardless of symptoms and wear a mask for 14 days.

What happens when:

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The Prince George’s County Health Department’s recommendations are based on recent guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Department of Health (MDH). 

COVID-19 Protocols

Our goal is to minimize disruption to learning and work environments while quickly quarantining those who present with the following COVID-19 symptoms while at school or at work:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Loss of taste or smell

What is “close contact?”

  • Being 3 feet or less away for 15 or more minutes during a 24-hour period, regardless of mask use.
  • Being 6 feet or less away while eating or outdoors for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period, regardless of mask use.

How will students continue learning during quarantine?

  • Students who need to quarantine as a result of direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will continue to have access to Google Classroom or Canvas. 
  • If an entire class is quarantined, students would move to virtual learning taught by their regular instructor or a substitute educator. If the teacher is sick and another educator is not available, the class will have access to asynchronous (self-paced) instruction, such as videos, assignments, presentations and online texts, and other grade and content-specific online learning platforms. 

How are cases in PGCPS reported?