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Barnstable Public Schools 
Quarantine Requirements

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Based upon discussion with local doctors and public health officials in regards to breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated individuals, the following quarantine requirements will be used by Barnstable Public Schools for students and staff exposed to COVID-19:

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine per district protocol if identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 outside of school. Out of school exposures are likely to be unmasked, more prolonged, and in less structured environments than in school. Last year, all COVID-19 transmission that was observed was due to exposures outside of the school setting.  

Close contacts are defined as individuals who have been within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual while indoors, for at least 15 minutes during a 24 hour period. The at-risk exposure time begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic) and continues until the time the COVID-19 positive individual is isolated.

NOTE: Household Exposures: if the COVID-19 case cannot isolate from others in the home (own bedroom, no shared meals, not within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes of other household members on any of their 10 days of isolation) - then the quarantine period for the non-infected household members does not begin until after the positive case’s 10 day isolation period is over. 

  • If able to isolate, the quarantine period begins on the day of the last exposure

Quarantine Options Based on Exposure Location and Vaccination Status 

NOTE: Quarantine day “0” is the last date of exposure to the positive case. See above explanation for household contacts.

7-Day Quarantine (return on day 8)

  • In-school exposure* (unvaccinated) AND
    Out-of-School exposure (vaccinated or unvaccinated)
    • Must test negative on day 5 or later 
    • Must have no symptoms
    • Must monitor for symptoms daily through day 14

10-Day Quarantine (return on day 11)

  • In-school exposure* (unvaccinated) AND
    Out-of-School exposure (vaccinated or unvaccinated)
    • Must have no symptoms
    • Must monitor for symptoms daily through day 14

14-Day Quarantine (return on day 15)

  • In-school exposure* (unvaccinated) AND
    Out-of-School exposure (vaccinated or unvaccinated)

In-School Exposure* (vaccinated)

  • No quarantine required; monitor for symptoms and it is recommended to test on day 5

*In-school exposures that require quarantine are within 3 feet if both are masked, or within 6 feet if either the positive case or contact are unmasked (such as at lunch).

Reference: DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios - SY 2021-22, 8/13/21 8/31/21
Advisement of District Physician Consultant and public health, 8/30/21