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Quarantine and Testing Guidelines

Prince George’s County COVID-19 K-12 School Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

All persons who test positive for COVID-19 or have suspected COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status

·         Stay home for at least 5 full days from the symptom onset date if symptomatic or the date of the positive test if no symptoms.

·        On Day 6, if there are no symptoms or symptoms have resolved including no fever for at least 24 hours without medication, student or staff may return to school.

·         MUST wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times for 5 additional days unless eating.

 

Day 0 = Date Positive Test Was Performed or Start of Symptoms

 

NOTES:

·        If the person is unable to wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times, they should stay home for 10 full days from the symptom onset date if symptomatic or the date of the positive test if no symptoms.

·         A student or staff member may not return to school if symptoms are not improving and/or fever has not been resolved for 24 hours without medication.

·         These guidelines do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems.

·         No participation in higher risk school-sponsored activities between day 6 to 10 (Ex. Including but not limited to indoor or high contact athletics, indoor forced exhalation activities such as singing, exercising, or playing a wind or brass instrument).

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

If you:

Have been boosted OR

Completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months

OR

Completed the Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months

Or

Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

OR

Had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days


 

  • Do not need to quarantine after exposure.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times for 10 days unless eating after after the last date of exposure with the person with COVID-19
  • Must test with a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 after the date of last exposure (persons who had confirmed COVID-19 test within the last 90 days do not need to test).

Rapid Antigen or PCR test is acceptable.

Day 0 = Date of Last Exposure

  • If you test positive, you should stay home and follow recommendations for “If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)”.
  • If you test negative, you should continue to wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times for 10 days unless eating from the date of last exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, you should immediately be excluded from class and/or cohort and get tested. If you are already home, you should remain home and get tested.
    • If the test is positive, you should follow the recommendations for “If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)”.
    • If the test is negative, you must remain at home until your symptoms are resolved, including no fever for 24 hours without medication. *

NOTES:
• If the individual is unable to wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times, the individual should stay home for 10 full days from the date of last exposure.
• Persons who do not meet the vaccination criteria but had COVID-19 within the past 90 days can continue to work or attend school if they remain asymptomatic. If symptoms occur, the person should be immediately excluded and recommended for testing.

 If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Completed the Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted

Or

Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and are not boosted

OR

Are unvaccinated

OR

Are not fully vaccinated

OR

Vaccination status is unknown

  •   You must quarantine after exposure.
  • Stay home for at least 5 days after the date of last exposure to the person positive for COVID-19.
  • Must test on Day 5 after the date of last exposure.
  • On Day 6, if there are no symptoms, students or staff may return to school. They must wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times unless eating.
    • Rapid Antigen or PCR test is acceptable.
    • Must have test results to return to school. There should be no pending results prior to return.

Day 0 = Date of Last Exposure

  • If you test positive, you should follow the recommendations for “If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)”.
  • If you test negative, you may return to school IF you wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times unless eating for 10 days following the date of last exposure.

 

  • If you develop symptoms, you should immediately be excluded from class and/or cohort and get tested. If you are already home, you should remain home and get tested.
    • If the test is positive, you should follow the recommendations for “If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)”.
    • If the test is negative, you must remain at home until your symptoms are resolved, including no fever for 24 hours without medication. *

NOTES:
• If the person is unable to wear a well-fitting mask correctly and consistently at all times, they should stay home for 10 full days from date of last exposure.
• No participation in higher risk activities between day 6 to 10 (Ex. Including but not limited to indoor or high contact athletics, indoor forced exhalation activities. such as singing, exercising, or playing a wind or brass instrument).

*Please ensure applicable criteria in the Communicable Diseases Summary have been met.

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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.
  • Being 6 feet or less away while eating or outdoors for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period.

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?