ISOLATION vs. QUARANTINE: What's the difference?ISOLATIONIsolation 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).Refer to this decision tree to determine if isolation 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.QUARANTINEQuarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. People up-to-date on vaccines and those who are within 90 days of a previous COVID-19 infection do not need to quarantine. APS currently has a "Test to Stay" Modified Quarantine Option. Your student may participate in Test to Stay if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
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.
- Their COVID-19 exposure occurred at school or a 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)
- Can wear a well-fitting mask for the full 10 days after exposure (except to during lunch, nap time, or while drinking)