COVID Protocol & Testing Information

Covid Quarantine Process to Return to School 

Email Ms. Sumek in the Health Office [email protected].


Following recent changes in guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the San Diego County Public Health Department and San Diego County Office of Education have updated the COVID-19 Decision Tree that San Diego Unified uses to set the district’s COVID-19 policy. The new guidelines use a symptom-based approach rather than solely relying on positive tests for isolation guidance. 

What does this mean for students and staff? In short, there is no longer a mandatory five-day isolation period for students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or feeling better. 

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and are not experiencing any symptoms may remain at work or school. 
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms may return to school or work when they are feeling better, their symptoms are mild and improving, and they have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. 

Masking recommendations after testing positive have not changed. Students who test positive are still encouraged to wear a mask when around others indoors for 10 days from when they tested positive or until they have two negative tests taken one day apart. Staff members who test positive must continue to wear a mask through day 10 per CalOSHA guidelines. 

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 information page.


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