Covid Quarantine FAQ's

Covid Quarantine FAQ's:

Q:   How is it decided who must quarantine and who doesn’t? 

A:   People who have had 15 minutes of close contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 have to quarantine.  For example, if a student in a class tests positive, the entire class and teacher would have to quarantine as well as students on their bus and bus driver.  Students in other classes would not have to quarantine because they were not in close contact with the positive person for 15 minutes.  Another example:  if someone in your household must quarantine because he/she came in close contact for at least 15 minutes of someone with Covid-19, that doesn’t mean you have to quarantine.  You were not in contact with the positive person, your family member was.  If your family member eventually tests positive, then you must quarantine. 

Information from the CDC: Who needs to Quarantine?  People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

What counts as close contact? 

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more 
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them) 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils 
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you 


Q:  How is the decision made to close a school and go remote? 

A:  It all comes down to how many positive cases there are and how many teachers must quarantine.  Many times, the decision to go remote comes down to not having enough teachers/substitutes in the building to supervise all the students due to the number of teachers/staff who are ordered to quarantine.  If students in multiple grade levels test positive, all their teachers must quarantine.  If it is one teacher, then just that teacher and his/her students must quarantine.  The rest of the school can continue in-person instruction.  In these cases, the health department gets class lists from the school, conducts contact tracing, and notifies all who need to quarantine. 


Q:  Who makes these decisions? 

A:  Once the central office is notified of the positive case, we work with the Mercer County Health Department to determine if a group can be quarantined or if the entire school must close and go remote.