SFUSD COVID-19 Quarantine Protocols and Monitoring Efforts

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Health and safety remains a top priority during in-person learning at SFUSD.

SFUSD continues to work with the SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to implement health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools, and is committed to sharing up-to-date information when it becomes available at sfusd.edu/covid19.

Please see below for updates to SFUSD COVID-19 quarantine protocols:  

Returning to School: 

Close contacts are defined as anyone who stayed within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes over the course of 24 hours. The entire classroom is not automatically considered “close contacts”. When in doubt, individuals will not be considered as close contacts.

For those identified as Close Contacts:

SFUSD will continue to implement the standard quarantine of 10 days, which can be shortened with a negative COVID-19 test on day 5 or later. If the close contact has a negative test on day 5, they can return on day 8 of quarantine. Rapid antigen and PCR tests conducted in a clinic or at a testing site are acceptable. Home tests are NOT acceptable.

For individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms

Individuals with COVID-like symptoms may return to school with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Rapid antigen and PCR tests conducted in a clinic or at a testing site are acceptable. Home tests are NOT acceptable.

Monitoring for Possible Clusters of Cases: 

SFUSD will monitor for an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19. If an increase is detected, the district will alert the SF Department of Public Health to consult on whether further action beyond the regular quarantine protocols must be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

You can learn more about the roles and responsibilities of schools and the SF Department of Public Health related to cases, clusters, and outbreaks in the department's guidance document updated October 4, 2021

For more information on SFUSD's quarantine protocols per SFDPH guidelines, please review the following resources: