COVID and Quarantine Medical Guidelines

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please keep your child home if he/she:

  • Has any of the above symptoms
  • Has taken fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Advil in the past 24 hours
  • Has been exposed to someone with COVID-19

In order for us to have a safe and successful school year, we ask that you continue to monitor yourself, your students, and other household members with the following symptom checklist.  Please communicate with your school nurse if your student is showing any symptoms or any positive test results in your household.  Lack of communication can create a false sense of security and lead to inaccurate data or worsening of transmission of COVID-19. 

ISOLATION means keeping someone who is infected or presumed to be infected with the virus away from others.  If someone is showing symptoms or has tested positive, they isolate for 10 days after the start of symptoms.  Isolation guidelines have not changed.  If a student is showing 1 or more symptoms from Group A or 2 or more symptoms from Group B, they will be excluded from school for 10 days after the start of symptoms or until a negative COVID-19 test result or a note from a healthcare provider is submitted.

QUARANTINE means keeping someone who was exposed to the virus away from others. If someone has been exposed to the virus, they must quarantine.  Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without showing symptoms.  Based on CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance, the Carlisle Area School District will require a 10-day quarantine for anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.  However, based on the guidance from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health, quarantine can end after day 7 if an exposed individual has a negative COVID-19 test result that was performed ON OR AFTER day 5 AND has no symptoms.  Please keep in mind, however, that testing facilities may be taking a couple days to return test results and an individual may not return to school if they have a pending test. Quarantine may not be ended earlier than after day 7.  Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine if proof of vaccination is provided.  They should still monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.

Quarantine Timeline

We all want a successful and long-lived return to in person instruction, but it requires help from our entire community.  Along with masks and social distancing, communication and compliance with guidelines are vital.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns!  We are able to help guide you if you have questions about symptoms or quarantine, as well as help find testing locations as needed.