FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
Jan. 11, 2021
Q. Does my child need to quarantine if he/she is in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
A. Your child must quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure to the potentially infectious individual, if your child was within six feet of the individual while wearing a mask or your child was in contact with the potentially infectious individual while not wearing a mask.
Q. If my child is exposed to COVID-19 but tests negative, can he/she leave quarantine early?
A. The Westchester Department of Health does not allow for testing out of quarantine before the 10-day period is completed.
Q. If my child has been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and my child tests negative for COVID-19, when can my child return to school?
A. Even if your child tests negative, your child must quarantine for 10 days and can return to school on the 11th day after exposure if they are symptom-free.
Q. What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
A. Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Isolation keeps someone who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home.
Q. If one of my children is required to quarantine due to possible exposure to a positive individual, can my other children attend school?
A. Yes, they can attend school. Quarantine is only required for someone who has had direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
Q. If my child has any symptoms related to COVID-19, can he/she attend school?
A. Your child may not attend school if he/she has any COVID-19-related symptoms. Please see the Return to School Guidelines for more information.