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Quarantine Guidance and Safety Protocols
Please be advised that the quarantine period for unvaccinated close contacts, employees or students, will be 7-10 days. Employees are required to return on day 8 with proof of a negative COVID test unless they are a household contact. Please note that this revision does not change the required 10 days of isolation for COVID positive individuals, regardless of vaccination status. This update is being implemented through the guidance of the Detroit Health Department.
Close Contact with Negative COVID test result= Return on Day 8
Unvaccinated asymptomatic close contacts may return on Day 8 of the quarantine period if they have a negative COVID result that was collected on Day 5, 6 or 7 of the quarantine, provided they have not developed symptoms. Once quarantine period has ended, close contacts should continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 full days from last exposure to COVID case.
Close Contact with No COVID test result= Return on Day 11
If an individual does not test, then they may return on Day 11, following 10 days of quarantine, provided they have not developed symptoms. Once the quarantine period has ended, close contacts should continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 full days from last exposure to the COVID case.
Exception to above: Close Contact with COVID case who lives in the same household
Unvaccinated siblings and/or family members who work in the District and are in the same household of COVID case will also need to quarantine for 10 days after they were last in close contact. If COVID case is unable to isolate in the designated “sick room” and follow all proper CDC protocols listed here then family members will need to quarantine for an additional 10 days (total of 20 days) after the COVID case meets criteria to end home isolation. They must remain in quarantine even if they test negative during that time. If they develop symptoms during quarantine, then they should be evaluated and tested.
As a reminder, vaccinated employees and students who are close contacts do not quarantine. These individuals should be tested for COVID 3-5 days after exposure to the COVID case and they should also wear masks indoors in public and continue to self-monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days after the most recent exposure. Based on recently updated guidance, vaccinated household close contacts do not need to quarantine as long as they remain without symptoms but should still follow guidelines specific to vaccinated individuals outlined above.
Who are close contacts?
- For students in a classroom setting: Close contacts include anyone who is within 3 feet of the COVID positive student for 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period, starting 3 days prior to symptoms or positive result, whichever is first. This rule only applies if both the COVID positive student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
- For adults in the classroom setting, students who eat breakfast/lunch in the classroom and all individuals in any space outside of the classroom: Close contacts include anyone who is within 6 feet of the COVID positive individual for 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period starting 3 days prior to symptoms or positive result, whichever is first.
- Anyone who lives in the same household as COVID positive individual
Please continue to monitor symptoms, participate in weekly COVID testing and report positive COVID cases to your direct supervisor as soon as you become aware. Supervisors have been given directions to submit the COVID survey to the Office of School Health and Wellness as soon as they receive notice. We then immediately direct close contacts to quarantine according to the guidance listed above. After additional follow-up is completed by the Office of School Health and Wellness, a notification letter and robocall are sent to the school community to provide general awareness. At the time that the general notice is shared, all close contacts have already been identified and directed to quarantine and the notice is being shared as general notification. Sometimes there is a delay in notification or additional close contacts are identified. Cases are then posted on our COVID 19 Website detroitk12.org/covid19.