Do students and staff need to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Exposed students, teachers, and staff who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., are unvaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series) can attend or work at school and eligible childcare programs for school-age children (see definition below) during the quarantine period only if they are participating in a test-to-stay program.
Exposed fully vaccinated students, teachers, and staff who must quarantine because they are not up to date (i.e., have not received a CDC-recommended booster when eligible) can attend or work at K-12 school and eligible childcare programs for schoolage children during the quarantine period. However, these individuals must continue to quarantine as otherwise required outside of school. These individuals attending or working at a school with a test-to-stay program should participate in that program.
Individuals in either group above who are attending or working at school while on quarantine may participate in school-based extracurricular activities only if they do not involve students from other schools (e.g., not competitive sports events with other schools) and if appropriate COVID mitigation measures are in place and monitored by an adult.
Individuals in either group above who are attending or working at school while on quarantine may attend eligible childcare programs for school age children (typically, programs such as early drop off, late stay, and after care) regardless of whether they include students from a single or multiple schools and regardless of whether they are located at the school or off-site, as long as appropriate COVID mitigation measures (e.g., well-fitting masks, social distance, ventilation, hand hygiene) are in place and are monitored by an adult.