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Quarantine Guidance for Families (rev. 11/30/21)

You will be contacted by email if your child is identified as an in-school or on campus close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Your child may also be named as a close contact if he/she lives in the same household with or was in close proximity to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.  You will need to identify the appropriate pathway back from quarantine to in-person learning and activities for your child. The options include: 

A. If your child is fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final vaccination in the series), your child will NOT need to quarantine. We must have a copy of your child's vaccination card on file. Testing is recommended 5-7 days after exposure even if the child does not have symptoms.

B. If your child is NOT fully vaccinated, a minimum 7-day quarantine is expected. In a household exposure, the positive case in the household must isolate from the other household members before the 7-day quarantine of close contacts may begin. Your child may return to in-person learning and activities on day 8 after the date of last exposure if symptom-free. Your child must be tested on day 5 or later after the last exposure and provide proof of a negative PCR test prior to returning to school.

C. If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and you choose to not have your child tested for COVID-19, a 10-day quarantine is expected. Your child may return to school on day 11 if symptom-free.

*Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.


Questions or Concerns?

Contact the Cotter Schools COVID Coordinator.

Additional Resources

We recognize the financial and economic implications of a time like this on all of us. We want to assure you that we will make every accommodation to adjust your tuition payments, if necessary. If you need help with this, please email:

If you or someone you know needs help, please email “Cotter Cares” at