Updated: January 5, 2022
Information is fluid and this information is changing daily.
Quarantine for COVID-19 Positive Individuals:
- Per the ECDOH, the quarantine period for a positive COVID student or adult, regardless of vaccination status, is now five days, as long as you meet the following criteria:
- Isolate for 5 days, where day 0 is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen.
- If asymptomatic at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and the individual should wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
- Individuals who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should continue to follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
- Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after a 5-day isolation should also follow standard (i.e., not shortened) Isolation Guidance.
Quarantine for a Close Contact:
- Per the ECDOH, if your child was deemed a close contact, but remains asymptomatic, they will be able to return to school on the sixth (6) day after his/her exposure. If symptoms develop during the five-day quarantine period, they must remain in quarantine and secure a negative test after day five (5) in order to return to school earlier than day ten (10).
- For example: If your child is determined to be a close contact on a Monday, this is considered to be "day 0". If no symptoms develop, your child would be out of quarantine on Sunday, and able to return to school Monday.
Students and employees will also have to provide the affirmation form along with the negative test result. Please visit this link to find a COVID-19 testing site that is convenient for you and your family.
As a reminder, individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are not subject to quarantine as long as they remain symptom-free.
Updated Definition of Fully Vaccinated:
- Per the ECDOH, fully vaccinated status for close contact and quarantine determinations are now defined as:
- When is a booster needed to be considered fully vaccinated?
- Moderna- 6 months after primary series
- Pfizer- 5 months after primary series
- Johnson & Johnson- 2 months after single series
- Ages 5 - 17 who have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (two shots):
- Ages 18 and older with all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.
Return-to-School Protocol with COVID-19-like Symptoms:
According to the Commissioner's determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.62, all school students, teachers, and staff with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, and either:
- provide a negative COVID PCR test result, or
- remain excluded from school for a minimum of 5 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school.
If a student's symptoms are improving AND they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines, they may return to school with either a note from the healthcare provider indicating the test was negative OR a copy of the negative test result.