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December 8 – Updated Quarantine Guidance

December 8, 2020 -- 4:45 PM


Good evening employees & families,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a scientific brief that provides options to reduce quarantine time frames. While a 14-day quarantine is the current recommendation of the CDC, there are some additional options for asymptomatic close contacts to end quarantine earlier than 14 days. As a reminder, close contacts are those individuals who have been within six feet of an infected individual for a cumulative of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of mask usage.


  1. If an asymptomatic close contact gets tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on Day 6 or later and receives a negative result, then they may end quarantine after completion of Day 7.
  2. Without testing, an asymptomatic close contact may end quarantine after completion of Day 10.

In both scenarios, individuals are to be counseled to adhere strictly to public health mitigation through Day 14, including correct and consistent use of a face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding close contact and crowds, and self-monitoring for symptoms.


The school district follows the guidance of both the CDC and our local Department of Health Sarasota (DOH-Sarasota) and the DOH-Sarasota has indicated they are implementing these new guidelines effective immediately. To read the full notice from the DOH-Sarasota, please click here. Though persons affected by quarantining will still be updated on their status by DOH-Sarasota, we wanted to be sure you were aware of the changes in guidelines from the CDC.

Thank you for your continued support as we all work together to keep our school communities healthy & Safe.

—Sarasota County Schools