Horizon High School Close Contact Options

UCSD #1 requires that one of the two options are followed after exposure.

1. Quarantine:  Your student should quarantine at home for ten (10) days. Quarantine means staying home, including not going to school. Your child can go outside on your property and exercise outdoors as long as he or she doesn’t have close contact with others. Your student may leave home to seek medical care, including to get tested for COVID-19. Quarantine can be avoided or shortened by any of the following: 
  • Vaccination: If your child is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 AND it has been two weeks since the final vaccine dose, your child does not need to quarantine. It is  recommended your child wear a mask for 7 days following exposure or until the child receives a negative test result. Testing is recommended 5-7 days after exposure.
  • Positive for COVID-19: If your child tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or antigen test in the three months prior to exposure, your child does not need to quarantine. WDH recommends that you continue to monitor your child for symptoms for 10 days following the exposure.
  • CDC Options: The CDC published three options for reducing the length of quarantine following exposure to COVID-19. Options for shortening the quarantine period include:
    • Ending quarantine after 10 days if you have monitored your child daily and he or she has not had any symptoms.
    •  Ending quarantine after 7 days if you have monitored your child daily and he or she has not had any symptoms AND he or she had a negative PCR test collected on day 5 or later. In no circumstances can quarantine be discontinued before 7 full days of quarantine have passed since exposure.
    • Ending quarantine if your child tests positive on a COVID-19 antibody test (IgG, IgM, total antibody) immediately following exposure. This option should be used for low risk situations only. Your child should avoid high risk situations including contact with people at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 such as older adults and people with certain underlying health conditions.
2. Self Monitor (Parent/Student): Students may return to school, monitoring for COVID symptoms, selecting one of the following options:
    1. Wear a mask for seven (7) days and remain symptom free from the date of exposure. This self-monitor option includes being tested for COVID on day five (5) or later after exposure. Any sign of symptoms or a positive COVID test will require the student to follow the isolation protocols. Students may return to school mask free after a negative test result. 
    2. Wear a mask for ten (10) days and remain symptom free from the date of exposure. Students may return to school mask free after ten days.
    3. Your child tests positive on a COVID-19 antibody test (IgG, IgM, total antibody) immediately following exposure. This option should be used for low risk situations only. Your child should avoid high risk situations including contact with people at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

Parents during the period of self-monitoring or quarantine, you should monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, headache, loss of taste and smell, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your child develops any symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider. 

If you choose an option to shorten the quarantine period, you should continue to monitor your child for symptoms daily for the full 10 days. It is recommended that your child continue to take measures to protect him/herself and others such as avoiding crowds, social distancing, correct and consistent mask use, and hand and cough hygiene for the full 10 days.

 During your child’s quarantine and/or self monitoring, It is recommended that your child stay 6 feet away from others in your household as much as possible, especially those who may be at increased risk for severe illness. Your child should maintain a distance of 6 feet from anyone outside of your household, except when you are seeking medical care.

Once your child has completed the quarantine or self monitoring period without developing symptoms or having a positive test, he or she may return to school and resume normal activities. 

What to do if your child gets sick? 

  •       It is important to remember that COVID-19 is being spread in many communities, and COVID-19 exposure can happen outside of school. If your child develops symptoms, even if the symptoms are mild, he or she may have COVID-19. Your child should stay home except to get medical care. Do not send your child to school, and avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings. 
          Call your child’s healthcare provider to discuss your child’s symptoms and whether he or she needs to be tested.