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Guidance for Quarantine and Isolation Related to COVID-19

Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine and isolation period of 10 days that can be shortened to 5 days. Beginning on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, Garrett County Public Schools adopted new quarantine and isolation guidelines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Maryland Department of Health published January 6 and 13, 2022.
 

QUARANTINE: NOT VACCINATED or NOT "UP TO DATE" WITH COVID 19 VACCINATIONS AS DEFINED BY THE CDC

 
Close contacts who are NOT vaccinated or NOT fully "Up to Date" on COVID 19 vaccinations may not attend school/work and will follow the guidelines below:
  • The individual will be permitted to return to school after five full days of quarantine from their last exposure with the positive individual as long as they are asymptomatic and they are able to provide a negative COVID 19 test result administered by a qualified professional on day 5 of quarantine or later.
  • Parents may schedule a time for their child to be tested at their school by the school nurse on day 5 of quarantine.
  • GCPS will accept a negative Rapid Test or negative PCR test administered on day 5 or later by a qualified professional. Home test results will not be accepted.
  • To review CDC information specific to "Up to Date" vaccination requirements "CLICK HERE".
  • In the event that the student/parent choose not to provide a negative COVID 19 test on day 5 or later, the individual will need to quarantine for the full 10 day period.
When a person meets the criteria above and quarantine is ended after 5 full days all the following must be implemented:
  • Daily symptom monitoring needs to continue through day 10.
  • Wearing a well fitted face covering is encouraged but will remain optional for days 6-10.
Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitted mask will be required to quarantine for the full 10 days.
 
If an individual develops symptoms while in quarantine regardless of vaccination status, he/she should get tested immediately and isolate until the test results are received. If the individual tests posative, the isolation guidance will be followed.
 

QUARANTINE: VACCINATED: "UP TO DATE" ON ALL VACCINATIONS AS DEFINED BY THE CDC OR HAD A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID 19 IN THE PAST 90 DAYS BASED ON A VIRAL TEST.

Individuals who are "Up to Date" on all COVID 19 recommended vaccinations defined by the CDC or those who had a laboratory confirmed case of COVID 19 in the last 90 days and subsequently recovered who meet the definition of close contact with an individual who is positive for COVID 19, will not be required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • It is recommended that vaccinated individuals get tested at least 5 days after their last close contact with someone with COVID 19. If you tested positive for COVID 19 with a viral test (Rapid or PCR) within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID 19 symptoms, there is no need to get tested per the CDC.
  • The individual is encouraged but not mandated to wear a well fitted mask for the next 10 days when around others.
  • The individual should continue to monitor for symptoms daily through day 10
"Up to Date" Vaccination Status is defined as those who have received all recommended vaccine doses including any boosters for which the person is eligible. To review CDC information specific to "Up to Date" vaccination requirements "CLICK HERE". To provide time for students to catch up with the latest recommendations and to minimize disruption to in-person learning, the CDC has indicated that schools may consider forgoing quarantine for students ages 12-17 years who completed their primary vaccine series but have not yet received all eligible boosters.
 
If an individual develops symptoms while in quarantine regardless of vaccination status, he/she should get tested immediately and isolate until the test results are received. If the individual tests positive, the isolation guidance will be followed.
 

ISOLATION: VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED (APPLIES TO EVERYONE)

Individuals positive for COVID 19 regardless of vaccination status will be permitted to return to school after five full days of isolation as long as symptoms have improved. The day symptoms began or the date of positive test results (based on the date you were tested) is considered day 0 of isolation. The following criteria must be met to return after five full days:
  • Improved symptoms including no active cough, no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, and no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • Those who return after 5 full days must be able to wear a well-fitted mask for the following 5 days.
  • Based on recommendations from the Maryland Health Department, masks may be removed only when eating and during nap time.
  • Those students who participate in sports, band, or other high risk exposure activities such as singing or physical activity (i.e. Physical Education) will be unable to participate for an additonal 5 days unless the individual can safely wear a face-covering and ensure social sistancing of at least 6 feet.
Individuals who are unable to wear a well-fitted mask for days 6-10 will be required to isolate for the full 10 days.
 
Schools will follow the most up to date "Decision Aid" provided by Maryland Department of Health regarding quarantine and isolation along with guidance from the Garrett Department

Isolation or Quarantine: What's the difference?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
 
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Additional Information

 
Decision Aids For Exclusion and Return for Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Fully Vaccinated Individuals and Not Vaccinated or Not Fully Vaccinated Indiviuals - This Decision Aid is currently being updated by the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland Department of Education and will be posted as soon as it becomes available.