COVID Information

COVID Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols for TK-12 School Settings in Santa Barbara County:

*Revisions made to both student and employee sections on 1/13/2022 at 4:00 pm in coordination with Santa Barbara County Public Health School Team

STUDENTS

● When a student has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), they

may:

  • ○ Return to school on Day 11 and are fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing
    medication
    and symptoms have improved OR

  • ○ Return to school as early as Day 6 with a negative test (on or after day 5; antigen test
    preferred)
    and are fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved
    Individual Contact Tracing - Quarantine
    Schools now have the option of either continuing with individual contact tracing or following a group contact tracing approach.

  • ● When an unvaccinated student has had close contact* inside of school with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and both individuals were masked at the time of the close contact:

    • Standard quarantine at home and return to school as early as Day 11 if symptoms are improving OR

    • Modified quarantine at school (excluded from sports, extracurricular activities and school activities) and are symptom-free and test twice weekly (recommend immediate and again between days 5-7). Modified quarantine may end as early as Day 8 with negative test (on or after day 5) OR

    • Shortened quarantine at home and return to school as early as Day 8 with a negative test (on or after day 5) and are symptom-free

  • ● When an unvaccinated student has had close contact* inside of school with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and both parties were unmasked at the time of the close contact:
    Standard quarantine at home and return to school as early as Day 11 if symptoms are improving OR
    Shortened quarantine at home and return to school as early as Day 8 with a negative test (on or after day 5) and are symptom-free

  • ● When an unvaccinated student has had close contact outside of school with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they may:

    • ○ Return to school on Day 11 if symptom-free OR

    • Return to school on Day 8 if they test negative (on or after day 5) and are symptom-free

    • ○ For 14 days, wear mask, continue self monitoring, handwash, and avoid crowds

● When a vaccinated** student has had close contact inside or outside of school with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19:

  • ○ Return to school provided there are no symptoms

  • ○ Recommend to test between days 5-7 from close contact (antigen preferred), monitor
    symptoms; SBCPHD recommends testing days 3-5 from close contact

  • ○ For 14 days, wear mask, continue self monitoring, handwash, and avoid crowds
    Group Contact Tracing - Quarantine
    Schools now have the option of either continuing with individual contact tracing or following a group contact tracing approach.

  • ● Groups of students with close contact, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, test within 3-5 days after last exposure.

    • ○ In the event of wide-scale and/or repeated exposures, (e.g., grade-wide or campus-wide) weekly testing may be considered.

    • ○ Any FDA-approved antigen, PCR, or pooled PCR test is acceptable. For individuals who have been recently infected (within the past 90 days), antigen testing is strongly recommended.

  • ● Groups of students with close contact who participate in testing may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities, unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Test and report positive test results to the school.

    • ○ Students who develop symptoms should be removed from school and follow guidance.

    • ○ Students who receive a positive test result should isolate.
      SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

  • ● Employees who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms

    • Must isolate at home for at least 5 days from the onset of symptoms or the test date if asymptomatic (confirmed with CDPH we may still use onset of symptoms for timeline)

    • ○ May be released from isolation as early as Day 6 IF:
      ■ they have a negative test (antigen preferred) on Day 5 or later of isolation
      AND
      ■ symptoms are not present or are resolving AND
      ■ fever, if any, has resolved AND
      ■ wear a face covering around others for 10 days from the date of positive test,
      especially indoors.

    • ○ If the employee chooses not to test, they must remain isolated at home for the
      remainder of the 10-day isolation period.

  • ● Employees who have had close contact and are fully vaccinated* AND have a booster vaccination OR are not yet eligible for a booster vaccination (*14 days after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of J & J).

    • ○ If asymptomatic, they are not required to quarantine at home, however they must:

      • have a negative test (antigen preferred) on Day 5 AND

      • remain symptom free AND

      • wear a face covering around others for 10 days from the date of close contact,
        especially indoors.

    • ○ For employees who have recovered from a case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days, an
      antigen test is preferred.

    • ○ If the employee chooses not to test, they may only remain at work if they:

  • wear a face covering AND

  • maintain 6 feet of distance for 14 days following the close contact.

○ If they are unable to physically distance, they must quarantine at home for the remainder of

the 10-day quarantine period.

  • ● Employees who have had close contact and are fully vaccinated AND eligible for a booster BUT have not yet had a booster vaccination

    • ○ If asymptomatic, they are not required to quarantine at home, however they must:

      • have a negative test on Day 3-5 of quarantine AND

      • remain symptom free AND
        ■ wear a face covering around others for 10 days from the date of close contact,
        especially indoors.

    • ○ For employees who have recovered from a case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days, an
      antigen test is preferred.

    • ○ If they choose not to test, they must quarantine at home for the remainder of the 10-day
      quarantine period.

    • ○ If they develop symptoms, they must be excluded from work pending test results.

  • Employees who have had close contact and are unvaccinated

    • Must quarantine at home for at least 5 days from the date of close contact.

    • ○ May be released from quarantine as early as Day 6 IF they:

      • have a negative test on Day 5 or later of quarantine AND

      • remain symptom-free AND

      • wear a face covering around others for 10 days from the date of close contact,
        especially indoors.

    • ○ For employees who have recovered from a case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days, an
      antigen test is preferred.

    • ○ If they choose not to test, they must remain in quarantine at home for the entire 10-day
      quarantine period.

    • ○ If they develop symptoms, they must be excluded from work pending test results.

  • ● Employees who are unvaccinated and have recovered from a case of COVID-19 in past 90 days who have had close contact

    • ○ If asymptomatic, they are not required to quarantine at home, however they must:

      • wear a face covering AND

      • maintain 6 feet of distance for 14 days following the close contact.

    • ○ If they are unable to physically distance, they must quarantine at home for the 10-day quarantine period.

    • ○ They are not required to test for 90 days from the date of illness onset or positive test (if asymptomatic)
      RETURNING TO SCHOOL AND WORK: SYMPTOMATIC STUDENTS and EMPLOYEES
      Before returning to school or work, symptomatic students and employees:

  • ● Must remain out of school or work for 10 days unless:

  • they test negative and have improving symptoms,

  • OR have an alternative diagnosis from a doctor,

  • OR have a doctor provide documentation of a chronic condition.
    *
    close contact is defined within 6 feet from someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hours period

**CDPH has confirmed fully vaccinated includes a booster vaccine only for those 18 and over. Per the CDC, vaccinations are considered effective 14 days after the second dose (or first dose if J&J).