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January 8, 2022: Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Students

Dear Lancaster Families,


Yesterday afternoon, the ECDOH confirmed changes that take effect immediately to guidance regarding the isolation and quarantine periods. As a reminder, the isolation period occurs when an individual tests positive for COVID-19. The quarantine period occurs when an individual has been identified as a close contact of a person who is positive for COVID-19.


The following changes pertain to students:


Isolation Period (Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19)

  • Isolate for five days, where the first day (i.e., day 0) is the day of symptom onset or (if asymptomatic) the day of collection of the first positive specimen.
    • If symptomatic, must be fever-free for 24 hours with symptoms improving


Quarantine Period (Individuals identified as close contacts)

  • Fully Vaccinated (and those infected with COVID-19 within the last 90 days): Individuals do NOT need to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic
  • Not Fully Vaccinated: Quarantine reduced to five days from last date of close contact exposure to the positive case. 
    • Individuals can return to school on the sixth day after last exposure.
      • For example, a student identified this past Tuesday as a close contact would complete the quarantine period on Sunday. The student could return to school on Monday (i.e., sixth day).
    • Test on day 5 is recommended by the ECDOH.


As always, this is a fluid situation as we receive updated information from the ECDOH and NYSDOH on a regular basis. In the coming days, we will provide information regarding Test to Stay (TTS), which will allow those identified as close contacts to remain in school by testing negative over a five day period.


Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

NYSDOH: Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance