COVID Protocol 2023-2024
You should isolate yourself from others when you have COVID-19, and you may not attend MSL.

You should also isolate yourself from others if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. You may not attend MSL.

If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation. If you still feel sick, you should not attend school.

When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:
If you had no symptoms
Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result).
Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested.
If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset.
If you had symptoms
Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive.
Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started.
If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days, and isolate yourself from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.

  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
  • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • Do not travel.
  • Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • If you had no symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5. You may attend MSL.

    If you had symptoms and your symptoms are improving, you may end isolation after day 5 if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication). Do not attend MSL until you are symptom free.

    If your symptoms are not improving, you should continue to isolate until you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and you need to isolate through day 10.

    Regardless of when you end isolation until at least day 11:
  • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
  • Remember to wear a high-quality mask when indoors, around others at home and in public.
  • If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
  • If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.

    After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. See your healthcare provider about your symptoms.