Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19

When to Isolate and When to Quarantine

Isolation and quarantine are key strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or are identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, public health will ask you to isolate or quarantine as appropriate. 

What is Isolation?

Isolation is when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive, stays home and away from others (including household members) to avoid spreading their illness.

Academic Isolation:
Isolation is when someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive, stays home and away from others (including household members) to avoid spreading their illness.


Days 0 to 5: Students and staff will isolate at home. They may return to school on day six if 
they are no longer displaying symptoms and are no longer using medication to 
reduce symptoms. If symptoms persist, continue isolation until they are gone.


Days 6 to 10: Upon return to school, students and staff will diligently wear their face mask
                        over t
heir nose and mouth during this time.

Athletic Isolation:
Athletic isolation differs from academic isolation. Athletes must be cleared by their doctors before they are allowed to return to practice and competition.

Days 0 to 5:
Athletes will isolate at home. They may return to school on day six if 
they are no longer displaying symptoms and are no longer using medication to 
reduce symptoms. If symptoms persist, continue isolation until they are gone.


Days 6 to 10: Athletes may return to school on day six but CAN NOT practice or compete in 
athletic events until the Ephrata School District receives a doctor’s note clearing 
the athlete to compete. Without the note, athletes may attend practice and 
sporting events, but they may not participate. Athletes will diligently wear their 
face mask over their nose and mouth during this time.


What is Quarantine?

Quarantine is when someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 stays home and away from others for the recommended period of time in case they were infected and are contagious. Quarantine becomes isolation if the person later tests positive or develops symptoms.
Ephrata School District recommends that, following student or staff notification of close contact:

If unvaccinated: 

Days 0 to 5: Students or staff will stay home. They may return to school on day six if 
they test negative on day five or the morning of day six.


Day 6 to 10: Upon return students and staff will diligently wear their face mask over 
their nose and mouth during days six through 10. 

If fully vaccinated:

Students or staff do not have to quarantine if they are not displaying symptoms. Ephrata Schools recommend testing on day five after exposure to confirm the individual is not positive. For 10 days following exposure, the student or staff should continue to diligently wear a well fitting mask over their nose and mouth. 

If individual does not want to test:

Students or staff that do not want to test must quarantine for 10 days, even if they do not display symptoms. The individual can return to school on day 11. 


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