I received A Letter From School Regarding COVID Exposure- now what?

We are getting many calls and messages from concerned parents asking for our professional recommendation in regard to these school notifices. Below are some common scenarios outlined:

  1. If there is household exposure, the person with COVID should isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms. Family members should quarantine (no school or activities), monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and test 5-7 days after exposure.
  2. If there is a school exposure, schools are currently not requiring quarantine but our providers feel that the safest thing to do for your family & community is to monitor symptoms for 14 days, & test 5 to 7 days after exposure. We strongly encourage quarantining from school & activities if there was a profound exposure (ie. continued exposure more than 15 minutes, less than 6 feet apart, or household contact).
  3. If a patient tests positive for COVID, they should not return to school or activities until 10 days have passed from the onset of symptoms. A negative test within that 10 day period does not constitute return to activities or school.

We strongly encourage masking while indoors or in crowded situations. We will adapt these recommendations as the situation changes. We recommend vaccination for those who are currently eligible.