Quarantine Status Information for employees who have come in close contact with someone with Covid-19
Dallas ISD will continue adjusting quarantine guidelines in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates to its COVID-19 quarantine protocols. Given that free diagnostic tests—BinaxNOW Rapid Tests—are readily available to staff, the district has adopted new quarantine guidelines to help get staff and students back to business.
Staff who are placed on quarantine by their school nurse or Health Services may receive up to 10 days on a quarantine status. If a staff member chooses not to get tested as directed by Health Services, the staff member's days will be decremented against their personal time off (PTO) balance. Staff placed on isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, may receive up to 10 days paid time off.
Persons who had close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 and who meet the following criteria do not need to stay home and quarantine:
- Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months, or
- Fully vaccinated.
The CDC recommends fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3 to 5 calendar days after exposure and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for up to 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
Unvaccinated individuals who are determined to be in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person shall quarantine either:
- 10 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19; or
- 7 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19, so long as the individual receives a negative COVID-19 test on day 5, 6, or 7 after exposure.
Individuals deemed close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case will be required to remain at home for 10 days in quarantine. These individuals should make arrangements through the school nurse (campus staff) or Health Services (central staff) to take a district-provided rapid antigen test on day 5, 6, or 7 of their quarantine to determine if they need to move to isolation status if the test is positive. Individuals testing negative and showing symptoms should seek medical guidance and a PCR test prior to day 10.
Individuals with a negative test, and who are symptom free will return to work on day 8 following the start date of the quarantine. Individuals who do not report back to work on day 8 will use personal time off (PTO) beginning on day 8 to cover additional time they are not at work. Individuals who refuse to test will also be expected to use personal time off for days 8, 9, and 10 and return to work on day 11.
For more information, contact Health Services at (972) 925-4211 or COVID19@dallasisd.org.