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  • August 12, 2022: Atlanta Public Schools is currently reviewing the newly released CDC guidance for K-12 schools. In addition, we are awaiting updated guidance from the GA Department of Public Health. When revising health protocols for our school district, we consider recommendations from CDC, GA DPH, and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our school district.

    APS will continue to make mitigation decisions that ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in our schools and buildings. This will always be a top priority.

    ISOLATION vs. QUARANTINE:

    What's the difference?

     
    ISOLATION
     
    Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home (e.g., someone who has tested positive for COVID-19).
    • The recommended isolation period is 10 days from the date symptoms start or the positive sample was collected (if no symptoms). 
    • However, you may end isolation after 5 full days if you meet the criteria below. If you end isolation early, you should continue to wear a mask for the full 10 days after developing symptoms or testing positive (if you had no symptoms).
       
      • If you had symptoms, you may end isolation if:
        • At least 5 days* have passed since symptoms first appeared and
        • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, and
        • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
      • If you had NO symptoms, you may end isolation if:
        • At least 5 days have passed since your positive sample was collected, and you remain without symptoms.
        • Please note, if you later develop symptoms, you should follow the guidance for symptomatic persons above.

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you do not need a negative COVID-19 test to end isolation. Isolation ends when the criteria above are met. 

    If you test positive for COVID-19, please submit an APS Self-Report:
     
     
    Refer to this decision tree to determine if isolation is necessary:
     

    Please note,

    • If new symptoms develop at any time and cannot be explained by any preexisting health conditions, individuals should remain home, and parents must follow up with their school.
    • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, an APS Self-Report should be submitted using one of the links below:

    *A parent or guardian of a child enrolled at APS may elect for his or her child to be exempt from any mask requirements and may do so without providing a reason or any certification of the child's health or education status.  In addition, no student shall suffer any adverse disciplinary or academic consequences as a result of such election by the parent or guardian.  


     
    QUARANTINE 
     
    Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. People up-to-date on vaccines and those within 90 days of a previous COVID-19 infection do not need to quarantine.
    • The recommended quarantine period is 10 days from the last day of exposure.
    • However, you may end quarantine after 5 full days if you remain without symptoms.
      • You should continue to wear a mask for the 10 full days after exposure.

    • Individuals with a recent COVID-19 exposure should submit an APS Self-Report using one of the links below:
       

    APS currently has a "Test to Stay" Modified Quarantine Option that allows individuals to continue to attend APS in person if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

    • Their COVID-19 exposure occurred at an APS work or school-related activity
    • Has NO new symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea)
    • Can be tested during their quarantine period at least twice* either through APS Surveillance Testing or through a test monitored by a healthcare or lab professional (must provide a copy of the result to the school)

    Individuals who participate in the "Test to Stay" Modified Quarantine Option should wear a mask for the 10 full days after the last day of exposure.

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    Refer to this decision tree to determine if quarantine is necessary for your student:
     

    Please note,

    • If new symptoms develop at any time and cannot be explained by any preexisting health conditions, individuals should remain home, and parents must follow up with their school.
    • If an individual has a recent COVID-19 exposure, an APS Self-Report should be submitted using one of the links below:

    *A parent or guardian of a child enrolled at APS may elect for his or her child to be exempt from any mask requirements and may do so without providing a reason or any certification of the child's health or education status.  In addition, no student shall suffer any adverse disciplinary or academic consequences as a result of such election by the parent or guardian.