In the Event of a Positive COVID-19 Case

Contact tracing protocols are in place at both campuses. Positive cases and potential exposures will be carefully analyzed on a case-by-case basis and contact tracing will proceed immediately. Close contacts will be notified by the school nurses, and instructions to quarantine/isolate will be issued. 

A specifically designed remote learning plan will be activated for students who test positive or are a close contact. That remote learning plan will end with their quarantine period.

Atlanta Public Schools’ quarantine protocols are included below:

Who Needs to Quarantine After Exposure to a Positive Case? Who Doesn’t Need to Quarantine After Exposure?
  • People who are not vaccinated and have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19.
  • People who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any symptoms.
  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • Note: Persons exposed to other persons who have been exposed do not need to quarantine.


What Counts as Close Contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

How Long does the Quarantine Last?

  • In collaboration with Fulton County Board of Health, Health Services will advice on how long quarantines should last, based on local conditions and needs.
  • School Nurses will address individual student and staff exposure cases. Whole class and whole school exposures will be addressed by the Health Services Director.
  • Students/Staff may return from quarantine:
    • After day 10 without testing
    • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
    • After stopping quarantine, individuals should contine to watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure

Source: CDC, 2021