As of December 2, 2020, the CDC has amended their guidance to allow two shorter options for the quarantine (stay at home) period after a close contact with a COVID positive person. Based on new CDC guidance, as well as guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the stay at home period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms as described below.
10 Day Quarantine (No Symptoms): A student who is exposed to a COVID positive person will only quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure. For the purposes of quarantining out of school, this student will be allowed to return to school after 10 days if there have been no symptoms. A school nurse or school administrator must approve the return to school date. Students should continue to monitor themselves for any symptoms through day 14.
7 Day Quarantine (No Symptoms; Negative Test Day 5-7)
A close contact quarantine period can shorten even further to 7 days if they have not experienced any symptoms, and show proof of a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact-day 5, 6 or 7 after exposure), so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14. A school nurse or school administrator must approve the return to school date, once proper documentation is received.
14 Day Quarantine with Symptoms ( No Change) A student who is quarantining for an exposure to a COVID positive person must quarantine for a full 14 days if they have symptoms at ANY point during the 14 days. A negative test does not change this time frame. The school nurse will tell you the specific date your child may return to school.