Positive COVID Test and COVID Exposure Guidance

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

ISOLATE

  • 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

  


NOTIFY YOUR CLOSE CONTACTS AND DIRECT THEM TO EXPOSURE GUIDANCE BELOW

  • 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:

EXPOSURE GUIDANCE:

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