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Effective November 1, 2021; TCPS will adopt the Cumberland Plateau Health District's recommendation for allowing the shortened 7-day quarantine as an option for all K-12 students. 


What is the 7-day quarantine?

Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 outside of their household may return to school on Day 8 if they have a negative PCR or antigen test performed on or after day 5 from their exposure, AND they have no symptoms. It is imperative that symptoms are continually monitored for 14 full days following exposure and students should avoid large gatherings and wear a mask around others (in and out of school).

Unvaccinated individuals who have ongoing household exposure may return to school 8 days following the positive household member’s last day of isolation, with the aforementioned caveats. (Meaning the 7 day quarantine period would not begin until the positive household member finishes their 10 days of isolation)

With the 7-day strategy, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.

Test Results

In order for the student to return on day 8 after their exposure to Covid-19, they must present a negative test result, that was obtained on day 5 - 7 after exposure, to their school.


If there is an additional surge of Covid-19 cases in the Cumberland Plateau Health District, the local health department may recommend putting a pause on the 7-day quarantine option until there is a steady decline again.


Please note that this does not change the 10 days of isolation that must be completed after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis/test result, returning on day 11.




  • People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. 7/29/21
  • Updated to recommend universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. 8//4/21
  • Added recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, regardless of whether they have symptoms. 8/4/21


CDC Definition of Close Contact:

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. July 9, 2021


CDC and VDH Guidelines:

Covid Positive Persons Release from Isolation: (The first day of symptom onset or positive test result is day 0)

  • With Symptoms: Isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms (the fist day of symptom onset is day 0), no fever for 24 hours without meds, and all other symptoms have improved.
  • Without Symptoms: Isolate for 10 days after the first positive test results (the first day with positive results is day 0) and you continue to have no symptoms.

Exposed to Covid + Person, Release from Quarantine - Unvaccinated (The first day of exposure is day 0)

  • 14 days is recommended.  Students and staff may be released after day 7 if symptom-free and negative test after day 5 as of November 1, 2021.