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ACSD Update to Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Staff and Students

 

12.30.21

 

ACSD Update to Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for Staff and Students

Kelly Landwehr, RN, MSN-ACSD COVID Coordinator

klandwehr@acsdvt.org (802) 382-1190

 

ACSD will be implementing the following changes in isolation and quarantine guidance per the Vermont Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.  Per the CDC, these changes are “motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.”

 

Isolation Guidance When Diagnosed With COVID

  • This guidance applies to anyone who tests positive for COVID, whether vaccinated or not
  • Stay home and isolate for 5 days.  
  • Day one of isolation begins the day after you test positive for COVID.  If you test and receive results on a different day, day one of isolation would be the day after your testing date.  Once you receive your positive result, isolate immediately at home.
  • If you never had symptoms, you can leave your house after 5 days and wear a mask when you are around others for another 5 days.
  • If you have symptoms, isolate at least 5 days and continue to isolate until your symptoms improve and you feel better.
  • Once you end isolation, continue to wear a mask around others for a total of 10  days from symptom onset or from positive test if asymptomatic.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever has been resolved for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
  • If possible, it is recommended that you have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart beginning no earlier than day 4 
  • If you test positive, the Health Department does not recommend additional testing. A follow up negative test during your isolation period does not end isolation.
  • School must be notified any time a staff or student tests positive for COVID.   Individuals are responsible for notifying any close contacts outside of school.  Positive home tests must also be reported to the Vermont Dept of Health.
  • Tell your health care provider that you or your child tested positive for COVID-19. They may have guidance for you to take care of your own health. 

Quarantine Guidance When You Are a Close Contact to Someone with COVID (Close contact is being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes of more over a 24 hour period.  In school, students are close contacts if they are within 3 feet of each other for 15 minutes or more)

If you: Have received a COVID Booster, completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months, completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, or tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days:

  • You are not required to quarantine at home
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • It is recommended, but not required that you get a PCR test 5 days after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR test and isolate at home until your results return.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and have not received a booster, completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and have not received a booster, or are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Get a PCR test on day 5 and once negative, can return to school.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR test and isolate at home until your results return.

***Please note that ACSD will continue to require negative PCR tests for those who have COVID related symptoms and those who are close contacts and not fully vaccinated to return to school.  Rapid antigen tests are not acceptable.   Please be in touch with your school nurse for guidance on where to get tested or for availability of testing through your school. 

What Does Isolation at Home Look Like?

  • Stay home, except to get medical care or if you feel unsafe at home. Wear a mask if you need to leave home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your health care provider or emergency department and tell them you are isolating because you have COVID-19.
  • As much as possible, stay in a specific room in your home and use a separate bathroom.  If you can’t use a separate bathroom, clean the bathroom between uses and stagger use as much as possible. 
  • Stay at least 6 feet (or 2 meters) away from others in your home at all times.
  • Wear a mask if you’re in any room with other people or pets, unless you have trouble breathing.
  • Don’t share household items.
  • Monitor your blood oxygen levels. People diagnosed with COVID-19 may have below-normal levels of oxygen in their blood before they feel short of breath. Finding low oxygen levels early can help you know to seek medical care sooner. This could make the disease less severe.  Free Oxygen saturation monitors can be obtained from the health department.

REMINDER ON WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

The most important thing you can do to protect our community is to stay home when you are sick. Rapid antigen tests are a great tool for monitoring your COVID status, but we will continue to require any staff or student who has COVID related symptoms to get a negative PCR test before returning to school. If you have any COVID related symptoms stay home and continue to follow these guidelines.  This guidance applies regardless of your vaccination status:

  • If you have one symptom that lasts > 24 hours, get a PCR test and return once negative and you are feeling well enough to be at school
  • If you have a cough, get a PCR test and return once negative and you are feeling well enough to be at school
  • If you have two or more COVID related symptoms for any duration of time, get a PCR test and return once negative and you are feeling well enough to be at school
  • If you are a close contact to someone with COVID or test positive for COVID, please follow the new isolation and quarantine guidelines above.

 

Updated 1.2.2022 KL