GCPS Clarifies Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Last Updated on Apr 9, 2021 at 11:13am

The health and safety of students and staff remain our focus as we work to continue in-person learning. Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) relies on the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and our local Health Department’s guidance to ensure students and staff are safe while at school. The following guidance regarding the timelines for quarantine is meant to provide clarification and clear up any confusion.

Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.


The Garrett County Public School System will align the isolation and quarantine schedules with the local Garrett County Health Department (GCHD) Recommendations’ time frame.

  • Quarantine may end after Day 10 without testing and if the individual has no symptoms.
    • The GCHD does not support a shortened 7-day quarantine.
  • Isolation lasts at least
    • 10 days from the time symptoms first appear
    • and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication
    • and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation)


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.


A tab for isolation and quarantine has been added to the COVID-19 Dashboard on the GCPS webpage. This tab will take you to the tools used to make decisions about isolation and quarantine of persons vaccinated and unvaccinated that have symptoms of COVID Like Illness (CLI), are a close contact of a person with CLI, or are positive for COVID-19.

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