JANUARY 18, 2022 DHEC UPDATES TO QUARANTINE & ISOLATION PROTOCOLS
STUDENT & STAFF ISOLATION
For students and staff who have tested positive (and therefore must isolate), the updated DHEC criteria for return is:
Students and/or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms started (return on day 6 at earliest) – AND –
24 hours since the last fever without using fever-reducing medication – AND –
Symptoms have significantly improved (must have a parent note confirming all criteria met).
As required by DHEC, students and staff who choose to return after day 5 must wear a mask for days 6-10.
STUDENT & STAFF QUARANTINE
For students and staff who are considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19, the updated DHEC criteria for return is:
- Must quarantine for 5 days, and may return on day 6 if no symptoms are reported. As required by DHEC, masks must be worn through day 10.
- If symptoms are reported, the individual considered to be a close contact must quarantine through day 10.
- Students or staff who are not able to separate from a household member with COVID-19 must quarantine for at least 5 additional days after the infected person is no longer in isolation (a minimum of 10 days). The student or staff member may return on day 11 as long as no symptoms are reported. If symptoms are reported, the individual considered to be a close contact must quarantine through day 14. As required by DHEC, masks must be worn through day 15.
If you are considered to be a close contact but are fully vaccinated or have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, you do not have to quarantine for any length of time.