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COVID-19 Updated Quarantine Guidance

Polk School District will adhere to the following quarantine guidelines recommended by the Department of Public Health (DPH) updated on Thursday, August 19: 


Close contacts exposed to a positive case OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL (Standard quarantine): 

  1. Can return to school after day 10 of their quarantine if they remain asymptomatic; OR 
  2. Test out of quarantine after 7 full days have passed since the most recent exposure, if they fulfill all THREE of the following criteria: 
    1. Remain asymptomatic AND 
    2. Are tested for COVID-19 on or after day 5 of quarantine AND 
    3. Receive a negative result 

The above-mentioned guidelines do not apply to asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated with an exposure to confirmed or probable COVID-19 case if it has been at least 14 days from your last vaccination dose.


Close contacts exposed to a positive case IN SCHOOL (Modified quarantine): 

  1. Required to wear a mask for a 14-day period while in school. 
  2. Participate in daily symptom monitoring and not attend school if symptomatic. 


As a reminder, those symptomatic persons with confirmed or probable COVID-19, can return to school after:  

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND 
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND 
  3. Symptoms have improved