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COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Update

On January 10, 2022, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) released the most updated guidance following the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The guidance is effective immediately and applies to all individuals (students and staff). Please note the updates that are outlined below: 

ISOLATION (POSITIVE CASE):

  • Vaccination status (regardless of the number of shots and booster) is no longer a factor in the isolation period if you test positive.
  • Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 isolate for (5) days regardless of vaccination status.
  • Day 0 is the day of symptom onset, or if asymptomatic, the date the test was taken.

RETURN FROM ISOLATION:
If symptoms are resolving (no fever for at least 24 hours without use of fever reducing medication and symptoms are improving), isolation ends after 5 days.

  • Students/staff must wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Students/staff cannot participate in extracurricular or after school activities and, aside from school attendance for instruction and bus travel, must adhere to a 5-day quarantine at home.
  • Students/staff who are moderately-severely immunocompromised should discuss their return with their medical provider.

QUARANTINE (CLOSE CONTACTS):
If exposed to COVID-19, individuals must quarantine as follows, where day 0 is the last date of exposure:  

  • All fully vaccinated* individuals (students, teachers, and staff), who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 may continue to attend work or school, regardless of booster status, while quarantined outside of school.

(*Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the receipt of either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine.)

    • Individuals must wear a well-fitting mask while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
    • If symptoms appear, quarantine and seek testing. In this situation, the quarantine would end when the test is negative. If testing is not done or you have a positive test result, isolate according to the guidance above (i.e., at least five days from symptom onset date).  

EXTRACURRICULAR OR AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:

Individuals 12 years and older who are eligible for a booster but not boosted, and who have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, cannot participate in extracurricular or after school activities and, aside from school attendance for instruction and bus travel, must adhere to a 5-day quarantine at home. Fully vaccinated 5-11-year-old children are not eligible for a booster and have no further restrictions. 

  • Students, teachers, and staff who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated with a primary vaccine series (not including booster) must:
    • Quarantine for 5 days.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask while around others for an additional five days. 

If symptoms appear, seek testing. In this situation, if the test result is negative, finish the five-day quarantine period. If testing is not done or you have a positive test result, isolate according to the guidance above (i.e., at least five days from symptom onset date).

  • After 10 days of quarantine the students/staff can return to extracurricular activities.

Additional information can be found from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) here.