Updated COVID-19 Isolation Protocols

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SFUSD continues to work with the SF Department of Public Health to implement health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Based on updated public health guidance on December 31, 2021:

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 can return after 5 days of isolation (previously 10 days) if:

  • They no longer have a fever, AND
  • Their symptoms are getting better, AND
  • They have a negative test collected on or after day 5.

Both PCR/NAAT and antigen tests are acceptable.

As part of the updated recommendations for isolation, these individuals must wear masks while around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days.

The changes above apply for isolation (someone who has tested positive). At this time, there are no changes to quarantine for exposures or close contacts in schools or childcare.

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 6 of quarantine. Rapid antigen and PCR tests, including over the counter home tests, are acceptable. 

For those with Symptoms: Individuals with COVID-like symptoms may return to school with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Rapid antigen and PCR tests, including over the counter home tests, are acceptable. 

Reference: 

SFDPH updates COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations following changes from the state (12/31/2021)

SF Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools, Childcare, and Programs for Children and Youth.