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Updated Quarantine Guidelines for SPPS

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Updated 12/23/20

Public health guidelines have recently changed regarding COVID-19 quarantines due to close contacts. Saint Paul Public Schools has updated its guidelines to address these changes.

People who have close contact with someone who has COVID-19 can get the virus anywhere from two to 14 days after their last contact with that person. While it’s still safest to quarantine for 14 days, continued review of the data suggests the risk of getting COVID-19 and infecting others is greatly reduced after day 10. 

In addition, extended quarantines can negatively affect income, education, and other health conditions of exposed people. Adjusting quarantine requirements can help reduce COVID-19’s impact on people and society while still protecting others. 

Based on these factors, SPPS has reduced quarantine time from 14 days to 10 days in certain circumstances. You cannot end your quarantine before 10 days for any reason. 

The new 10-day quarantine guidance applies to situations where there has been:

  • a one-time exposure
  • the person exposed does not have symptoms of COVID-19
  • the person has not tested positive for COVID-19

Even after a 10-day quarantine, the person must:

  • Watch for symptoms through day 14. If symptoms begin, stay home, separate from others and get tested right away.
  • There are many free local and home COVID-19 testing options available.
  • Continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

10 day quarantine graphic

14-day quarantines are still required when someone in your household has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19, as the risk for infecting others is higher within the same household. 

Please continue to do your part to protect yourself and others: stay home when sick, wear a cloth face covering, frequently wash hands, reduce contact with other households and limit unnecessary travel. Download the free COVIDaware MN app to get notified if you have been near someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 

Make a report to the SPPS Reporting System if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 or were in close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. This is the fastest way within SPPS to get recommendations on what to do next. Visit our Health and Wellness Website for more COVID-19 information and resources.