Quarantine Protocols for 2021-2022

ISOLATION & QUARANTINE

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, they must isolate:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If no symptoms or symptoms are resolving (much better) after 5 days, they can return to school (if they have a fever, they must stay home for 24 hours after the fever resolves)
  • If they still have a fever or symptoms haven’t improved after 5 days, they must stay in isolation until:
    • They have no fever for at least 24 hours (without using fever reducing medication) AND
    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, cough and shortness of breath have improved)
  • If they did not have symptoms when they tested positive but developed them AFTER, they must continue to isolate for 5 days after symptoms started and are improving as described above.
  • Mask wearing will be encouraged for 5 additional days when around others.

If a student or staff member is exposed to someone with COVID-19 at school in a non-outbreak setting, and they are not fully vaccinated or have not tested positive in the past 90 days, it is recommended that they:

  • Stay home for 5 days
  • Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If a student or staff member is exposed at home, and they are not fully vaccinated or have not tested positive in the past 90 days, they must:

  • Stay home for 5 days if the sick person can isolate away from them
  • Stay home for 10 days if the sick person cannot isolate
  • It is recommended that they wear a mask for 5 additional days after returning

In case of an outbreak or suspected outbreak in our schools (2-5 or more connected cases), an exposed individual who is not vaccinated or has not tested positive in the past 90 days must:

  • Quarantine (stay home) for 5 days
  • If symptoms develop, isolate from others and get tested
  • Get tested at least once during the first 5 days after the exposure
  • Mask use will be encouraged during days 6 through 10 when returning to school

Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have tested positive in the past 90 days can continue attending and should:

  • Get tested at least once during the first 5 days after the exposure.
  • Watch for symptoms. If symptoms develop, stay home and get tested.
  • Mask use will be encouraged for 10 days after the exposure.

EXPOSURE COMMUNICATIONS

Schools will only communicate with parents regarding a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the student’s class/grade at the elementary level. We will no longer send COVID communications for presumed positive cases.


Middle/High school level:

We will not be notifying families about exposures to positive or presumptive positive cases in low-risk settings at this level. Low-risk settings are defined by the health department as regular school day and classroom activities. Throughout the school year, parents should always be monitoring students for symptoms of COVID-19, keeping students with symptoms at home and notifying the school when students are ill and when symptoms started.

For high-risk setting exposures (after school activities such as contact sports, choir or band):

All levels:

Contacts who were even possibly within 6 feet of a positive or presumptive positive case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer (cumulatively) during a high-risk activity will be notified of a potential exposure. Unvaccinated individuals will be required to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals who develop symptoms will need to quarantine. Englewood Schools will be providing regular COVID testing for athletes,  marching band members and other "high risk" activities.