Positive COVID Test and COVID Exposure Guidance

What you should do, if you have tested Positive for COVID-19:


  • Stay home for 5 days and separate from others in your household.

  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days you can leave your house. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

  • You can be infectious through day 10 and should mask around others

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Note: Winchester Public Schools follow the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Winchester Student Covid Positive Protocol



  • 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, for 48 hours prior to symptom onset (or time of positive test if asymptomatic).

What you should do, if you have been Exposed to COVID-19:


A close contact is a person who was within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes to someone who was infectious and who has tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is someone only considered exposed to the virus, but they have not tested positive and they have not become and may not become infectious. 

You must stay home/quarantine if:

  • You are unvaccinated (Note: vaccination is the BEST way to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization)

  •  You are not "Up to Date” on your vaccinations for which you are eligible: You received your second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination OVER 6 months ago or you received a primary J&J vaccination OVER 2 months ago AND you are over 12 years old and have not received a booster

How long do I need quarantine?

  • Quarantine for 5 days

  • You must continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days after your 5 day quarantine is over

  • Test on or after day 5 if possible 

  • If you develop symptoms test and stay home

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What do I need to do if I am a close contact but had a booster or received a second dose of Moderna or Pfizer less than 6 months ago or a primary J&J dose less than 2 months ago?

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.

  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

Winchester Public Schools follows the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Click here for more details