Student & Staff – Close Contact Quarantine:
Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff will no longer quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive case – as long as they do not experience symptoms and participate in the following “test-to-stay” strategy.
Following CDC guidance, KIPP NYC will follow a “test-to-stay” strategy. In practice, this means that if there is a positive case in a classroom, students who were in close proximity to a positive student will no longer have to quarantine and will continue attending school as long as they do not have symptoms and continue to receive negative results from an at-home rapid test.
So how would this work?
Students who don’t exhibit symptoms and don’t test positive will continue to attend school. Close contacts need to provide proof of their negative rapid test in order to return to in-person learning (we will provide you with instructions on how to submit your results).
If symptoms develop at any time, students should take a test immediately and quarantine. Any positive test result should be reported to the school immediately.
Students Isolation Period for Positive Test:
The isolation period for students who test positive for COVID-19 is five days (reduced from 10 days). Anyone returning from a five-day isolation period should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and their overall symptoms should be improving. Here is a step-by-step visual for this updated policy.
Fully Vaccinated School-Based Staff Isolation Period for Positive Test:
the isolation period has changed from 10 days to 5 days. Teachers and school-based staff may now return to work on Day 6 after testing positive for COVID-19 under the following conditions.
Per State guidance, the positive teacher/school-based staff member must be asymptomatic OR have mild symptoms only:
- They must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication;
- They must not have a runny nose; and/or,
- They must have a minimal cough only; cannot be coughing up phlegm.
- Symptoms must be improving or mild.
Quarantine is not required following domestic or international travel. All travelers, domestic and international, should follow all CDC travel recommendations, which include a recommendation to be fully vaccinated prior to travel and, if not fully vaccinated, to quarantine following travel.