Overview of COVID-19 isolation for K-12 schools
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Overview of COVID-19 isolation for K-12 schools

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      Updated Jan. 6, 2022

      Isolation is separating people who have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 from those who are not infected or showing symptoms in order to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.You isolate when you show symptoms of COVID-19 or are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms.Isolation is different from quarantine. Quarantine is used by someone who has been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 but has not tested positive for COVID-19 and does not have symptoms. Quarantine is important because even before a person has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms, they could spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people without knowing. Quarantine is used to prevent transmission of the virus by ensuring that unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 stay apart from others. If people have symptoms and/or have a positive viral test for COVID-19 while in quarantine, they should immediately begin the process for isolation.

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      What is isolation? -- Who needs to isolate? -- How long should a student or staff member with COVID-19 isolate? -- When can a student or staff member be around others (end isolation) after they are diagnosed with COVID-19? -- What should a student or staff member do during isolation? -- Can a student or staff member come to school while in isolation? -- What activities can a student or staff member participate in while in isolation?
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