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Quarantine Guidelines
Dr. Alan Dykens
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Dear Clarke Community,

There have been several questions in regards to the updated quarantine guidelines recently released by the CDC.  We wanted to take a moment here to clarify this guidance as we continue to move forward during these unprecedented times.  Thank you in advance for all that you do for our community.

Those who have been exposed to COVID-19 may need to stay home and should mask and get tested. 

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine. 

• You are ages 18 or older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people. 

• You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. 

• You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test).

You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations for isolation. 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). 

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups: 

• You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible. 

• You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot. 

• You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series. 

What to do for quarantine: 

• Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible. 

• For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms. 

• If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations. 

• If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. o If you test negative, you can leave your home, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home and in public until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

o If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations. 

o If you are unable to get a test 5 days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period. Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public. 

o Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 

• If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, as well as others outside your home throughout the full 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

• If you are unable to quarantine, you should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days when around others at home and in public. 

• If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to quarantine for 10 days. Avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days. 

• Do not travel during your 5-day quarantine period. Get tested at least 5 days after your last close contact and make sure your test result is negative and you remain without symptoms before traveling. If you don’t get tested, delay travel until 10 days after your last close contact with a person with COVID-19. If you must travel before the 10 days are completed, wear a well-fitting mask when you are around others for the entire duration of travel during the 10 days. If you are unable to wear a mask, you should not travel during the 10 days. 

• Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until after 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

I know this is a lot of information to digest; however, we felt like it was imperative to ensure that all of the Clarke CSD Family was aware of these guidelines and had the opportunity to follow them based on their vaccination status.

Again, thank you for all that you do in taking care of our Clarke family.

Sincerely,

Alan R. Dykens, EdD

Superintendent