Here is a summary of updated guidance on quarantine and isolation, based on recently updated guidance from the Washington State Department of Health. The guidance is effective Tuesday, January 18 and applies to cases from the week of January 10, 2022.
Do I need to quarantine?
If you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should monitor for symptoms.
You are required to quarantine if:
- You are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated
- You are age 18 or older and vaccinated but have not received a booster shot
You are not required to quarantine if:
- If you are 18 or older and are fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot
- If you are ages 5-17 and are fully vaccinated
- If you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days
How long must I quarantine?
- You must quarantine for at least five days
- You may get tested on Day 5
- If you test negative, return to school or work
- If you test positive, begin isolation (see next section)
- If you do not get tested, you must quarantine for 10 days.
What if I test positive?
If you test positive, you must isolate. Stay home and away from others for 10 days after a positive test result or onset of symptoms. You may test with a rapid antigen test on Day 5.
- IF the test is positive, continue to isolate through the end of Day 10.
- IF the test is negative and your symptoms have resolved, return to school or work if these conditions are met:
- You must be able to wear a well-fitting mask (3-layer medical grade or KN95) around others at home and in public through Day 10. These masks are available for staff and students in schools.
- No symptoms are present
- You have had no fever within the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
- You must monitor for symptoms for the full 10 days.
What if I have COVID symptoms?
- You must isolate for 10 days from the day the symptoms started.
- You can return to work or school after 24 hours if these conditions are met:
- You have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
- Your symptoms are resolving.
- You have a negative COVID test, administered after symptoms began. You must:
- Show proof of negative test result from test site OR
- Show a photo of at-home test results with initials of the person tested and the date of the test written on the test card
If you have one CLASS B symptom:
- You DO NOT need a negative test to return
- Can return in 24 hours if symptoms have improved
When will we close classrooms, schools or the entire district?
Public health agencies have not issued a threshold at which classrooms or schools should close and have reiterated that the priority should be on keeping schools open with safety measures.
We will continue to close classrooms when warranted. We will close schools if we do not have enough staff to operate safely and/or due to COVID cases, in consultation with Public Health Seattle & King County.
We will consider closing a classroom when three individuals or 10% of the individuals in a class have tested positive and safety precautions are not possible to implement (masking, spacing, ventilation.)