COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Policies

Isolation Requirements for Students and Staff Who Test Positive for COVID-19:

 

Levey requires students and staff who test positive to isolate for at least 10 days following a positive test or the beginning of symptoms, whichever is earlier. They may return to school on Day 11 if symptoms have improved and they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

Students and staff who have tested positive should not participate in pooled testing for 90 days following their positive test. If there is a positive case in their classroom or if they are a close contact outside of school (including in their household), they are allowed to come to school as long as they remain asymptomatic -- if they develop new symptoms, they must be tested as it could be a new infection.

Quarantine Requirements for Students and Staff Who Are Close Contacts of Positive Cases: 

Vaccinated students and staff, as well as unvaccinated students who participate in pooled testing, may attend school if they are a close contact of a positive case as long as they remain asymptomatic; we encourage them to test (PCR or antigen) on Day 3-5.

Unvaccinated students who are not participating in pooled testing must quarantine from school for five days if they are a close contact. They may return to school after Day 5 following a negative PCR test taken on Day 5, as long as they remain asymptomatic.

Exception: anyone who has a positive case in their household must quarantine from school for five days, regardless of vaccination status or participation in pooled testing, due to the elevated risk of COVID-19 infection spreading within a household. They may return to school after Day 5 following a negative PCR test taken on Day 5, as long as they remain asymptomatic. If a second family member tests positive during the quarantine period, the quarantine period would restart.

Important: when counting days for isolation, quarantine, and testing, Day 0 is the day of a positive test or the beginning of symptoms, whichever is earlier, for isolation and the day of most recent close contact or the date of a positive test for a family member for close contact. Day 1 is the next day.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If a student or staff member is the first case in their household, do they need to extend their isolation if other household members test positive?

No. They may return to school on Day 11 if symptoms have improved and they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours.