Quarantine and Exclusion Guidelines

    • Fully Vaccinated individuals who are designated as close contacts by D7 nurses or SCDHEC will not need to quarantine IF they voluntarily provide proof of vaccination AND do not have COVID-19 symptoms, per SCDHEC guidelines. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms. They should wear a mask at school and follow physical distancing guidelines through the 14th day following exposure or until they receive a negative test result. 

    • Unvaccinated individuals who are designated as close contacts by D7 nurses or SCDHEC will quarantine for 10 days whether they are symptomatic or not and may return upon meeting criteria per SCDHEC guidelines. They are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms. Upon returning to school, they should wear a mask and can not participate in any close contact activities through the 14th day following exposure.

    • All individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been identified as a close contact will be excluded for 10 days or until criteria is met for return per SCDHEC guidelines. They are recommended to get tested immediately. 

    • All individuals who are positive for COVID-19 will quarantine for 10 days and may return upon meeting criteria per SCDHEC guidelines. 

    • Household close contacts (students or staff with a household member who tests positive for COVID-19) will quarantine through the isolation period of the person with COVID-19 plus 10 days, unless they voluntarily submit proof of vaccination AND do not have COVID-19 symptoms. They may return upon meeting the criteria per SCDHEC guidelines. If they do not remain in the house with the infected person, they will follow the quarantine protocol for a close contact (above).

    Close Contact CriteriaThe criteria for identifying student close contacts has been updated by SCDHEC as of October 14, 2021. Both mask wearing and physical distance are considered when determining whether a student needs to quarantine. This criteria mirrors CDC guidance. As a result of this change, wearing masks can now reduce the number of students required to miss school due to quarantine. District 7 urges all students and staff to wear masks in our schools during this time of high COVID activity in our community.

    For childcare and school indoors settings, a close contact is defined as

    • anyone within 3 feet of an infected person or 
    • someone not wearing a mask within 3-6 feet of an infected person 

    for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for those without symptoms, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the person with COVID-19 is isolated.  

    • All students are identified as a close contact if they are within less than 3 feet of a COVID-19 positive person indoors for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period, regardless of mask wearing.
    • Students are identified as a close contact if they are closer than 3 feet of a COVID-19 positive student if EITHER the positive student OR the exposed student was not wearing a mask during the time of exposure.
    • If both the infected student and the exposed student wore masks during an exposure that occurred 3 feet of each other, the exposed student is not a close contact and does not need to quarantine. This 3-foot exception does not apply to students participating in athletics activities.
    • Students are identified as a close contact if they are within less than 6 feet from a COVID-19 positive adult indoors for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period, regardless of mask wearing.
    • Staff members are identified as a close contact if they are within less than 6 feet from a COVID-19 positive person indoors for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period.

    Every District 7 school has a registered nurse on staff who is happy to answer any questions you may have. 

    Sample Close Contact Scenarios

    NOTE FOR FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS: Vaccinated individuals who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination will not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Testing is still recommended 3-5 days after exposure.

    Indoor close contact scenario

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    Classwork During Quarantine 

    The state has imposed limits on teaching students in person and online at the same time. If a student is out with any extended illness or quarantine, they will be provided assignments in iReady and/or via Schoology until they return to class. District 7 implemented iReady last year and it has become an integral part of instruction and assessment. iReady is tailored to the individual student’s progress, so assignments will adapt to fit each individual student’s needs. 

Close Contact Tracing & Reporting Positive Cases

  • SCDHEC, in conjunction with District 7, conducts contact tracing and provides specific guidance to those students and staff who are determined to have been in close contact with those who test positive. 

    It is important to note that students (via their parents/guardians) and staff who are determined to be close contacts according to DHEC guidelines will receive written notification. Unless you receive notification, your child is not considered a close contact.

    If your child or anyone who lives in your home tests positve for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive outside of school, please contact your school nurse here immediately.