Covid Exposures (Unvaccinated Children)
- A Covid exposure is defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as contact within 6 feet of a known case for a total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. If both parties are masked, then this is not considered a close contact.
- People are considered to be contagious with Covid starting two days before the onset of their symptoms.
- Unfortunately, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have differing recommendations/requirements for quarantine after Covid exposure in schools which makes giving advice about handling an exposure for your child difficult. TEA does not require schools to quarantine exposed students and each school may set its own policy. You should check with your child’s school to understand their specific Covid contact and quarantine requirements. Most schools are not allowing for extra absences for Covid quarantine, making it difficult for parents to follow CDC recommendations and keep their exposed children home. When possible, we recommend following the CDC guidelines on post-exposure quarantine (see next bullet point), but we understand this may not be an option for some children. If an exposed child does go to school during the recommend quarantine period, we strongly suggest they wear a mask and get tested if they show any possible Covid symptoms.
- CDC guidelines for Covid exposure are the same as last year. An exposed child should quarantine for 10 days from their last exposure to the contagious individual; they may return after 7 days from exposure if they have a negative Covid test after day 5.