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  • CASE ISOLATION vs. CLOSE CONTACT GUIDELINES: 

    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.  


  • CLOSE CONTACT GUIDANCE 

    People who are close contacts to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they remain without symptoms. However, they should take precautions for the 10 days after their exposure, regardless of vaccination status or previous infection.  

    Immediately after being notified of exposure (and for 10 full days after the last day of exposure) 

    • Wear a high-quality mask* when around others 

    • Monitor for symptoms  

    Day 6: Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.  

    • If you test Negative: continue taking precautions through day 10 

    • If you test Positive: stay home and follow isolation guidelines 

    • Submit an APS Self-Report using one of the links below:  

    Day 10: End exposure precautions  

    If at any point you develop symptoms after a COVID-19 exposure,  

    • Stay at home and follow isolation guidelines 

    • Get tested for COVID-19 

    • Submit an APS Self-Report using one of the links below:  

    APS’s "Test to Stay" Modified Quarantine will no longer be in effect. However, COVID-19 testing will remain available at all APS schools and buildings.  

    *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.