Quarantine Guidance and Options

  • Quarantine prevents transmission of COVID-19 by keeping people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 apart from others. The CDC does not recommend quarantine for close contacts who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, or those who have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

    When a student has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, their parent or guardian may choose one of the following options:

    1. Quarantine the student for up to five (5) days from the date of last direct contact, OR

    2. Allow the student to attend school and school-sponsored activities, so long as the student remains asymptomatic.

    All contacts should monitor for symptoms after COVID-19 exposure. If symptoms develop, close contacts should stay home and be referred to a healthcare provider for testing and care. 

    If a parent chooses to quarantine their child, they should contact their school to notify them of their child’s absence. Students who are in quarantine can be counted as present if they can engage in assigned schoolwork while at home, according to rules from the Department of Education.

    The Alachua County Health Department will provide COVID testing for students who have been identified as close contacts with a COVID case at school. Appointments can be made by calling (352) 420-8993. Families will receive their child's test results from the Health Department.

ACPS COVID-19 Decision Flowchart

If you are having trouble viewing the document, you may download the document.