Updated COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Procedures

As we welcome students back into our classrooms from a well-deserved winter break, our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, families, and staff. Per revised guidance from CDC and the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit, the following changes have been made to ECPS COVID-19 guidance related to quarantine and isolation requirements.

 

 

This guidance will be followed in all situations for ECPS students and staff. We understand this may be more restrictive than the toolkit in some areas. 

 

 

Testing

 

Staff and students who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, should get tested and isolate from others while waiting for a result. If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if you are positive.

 

 

Isolation requirements

 

Staff and students who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and: 

 

  • Do not have symptoms – should isolate yourself from others for 5 days.

  • Have symptoms – should isolate from others until fever-free and symptoms are improving. You should isolate yourself for at least 5 days since your symptoms began.

 

 

Quarantine requirements

 

Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and: 

 

  • Not vaccinated – 5 days of quarantine, testing is recommended on day 5, may return to school/work after 5 days of quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

  • Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet boosted –  5 days of quarantine, testing is recommended on day 5, may return to school/work after 5 days of quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

  • Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – quarantine is not required.

 

If you live in the same household with someone who tests positive, you should isolate for the same quarantine period as the positive individual, regardless of vaccination status.

 

 

Guidance that remains unchanged includes:

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated after close contact in a classroom or other school setting if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person do NOT need to quarantine.


 

NOTE: There are no changes to the ECPS Mask Policy at this time. All staff and students will continue to wear masks.