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COVID-19 Isolation Guidance Update
Posted 1/10/22

Dear Dry Creek Families, 

Recently, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local Public Health Departments notified us that the isolation recommendations for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been updated to align with the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) guidance for K-12 schools. The update  pertains to both students and staff and will be implemented by Dry Creek effective Monday, January 10, 2022. CDPH anticipates official, online COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California for the 2021-22 School Year documents to be updated shortly to reflect this change.  

If a student tests positive: 

Whether you have symptoms or not, CDPH and CDC guidance state:

  • Isolate* until you feel better and test negative

    • Sleep and stay in a separate room from those not infected

    • Use a separate bathroom if you can

    • Wear a mask around others, even at home

  • Get a test (antigen preferred) on Day 5 or later

    • End isolation if you test negative. Individuals can return to school on day 6 

  • End isolation on Day 10 if symptoms are gone or improving. If you are unable to, or choose not to test, isolation can end after day 10, and students can return to school on day 11.

  • After you recover, wear a mask around others for 5 days

*Isolation means staying home and away from others. It is for people who are ill or test positive.

Dry Creek’s proof of negative test practice will not change. We will continue to accept a photo of the negative test with the individual's name and date listed, as well as proof from a medical professional/organization. Over-the-counter or self-test kits will also continue to be an acceptable form of test collection, as well as medically supervised testing.

At this time, there are no other updates to the COVID-19 health safety guidance. All other practices, including quarantines, remain the same and can be reviewed here. Any future changes to Dry Creek’s health mitigation measures and guidance will be communicated to our learning community right away.  

As a reminder, please do not send your student(s) to school if they are ill, quarantining from direct exposure, or living with someone who is positive with COVID-19, or awaiting test results. 

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District