COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols: Close Contacts

  • Stay-Home Directives for Close Contacts 

    A close contact is someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

    Close contacts who meet the following criteria do not need to stay home:

    • Tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months, or
    • Fully vaccinated

    These individuals/families will still be notified of their exposure. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people who are close contacts with someone with COVID-19 get tested three to five days after exposure.

    Unvaccinated Students/staff who are close contacts with a person known to have COVID-19:

    • Stay at home for 4 calendar days after the date of their last known exposure to a person with COVID-19. The day of exposure counts as day 0.
    • Get tested on Day 5. If negative and symptom-free, return to school on Day 5.
    • Without a test, stay home for 7 calendar days and, if symptom-free, return to school on Day 8.

    Unvaccinated students/staff who live in the same household as someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must stay home for a full 14 days after the date the person tests positive. They can return to school on Day 15. 

    If anyone has symptoms after close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they should follow the procedures for symptomatic students and employees.

    Stay-Home Exception for Students (Recently updated to align with CDC Guidance)

    In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. (This is only student to student, does not apply for adults.) 

    The parents of these students will still be notified that their child was around a student with COVID-19, but they will not need to stay home, because they are not included in the CDC definition of close contacts. 


    Instruction during Stay-Home Directives

    Teachers are expected to maintain Canvas courses for students to access assignments and curriculum while at home.

    Homework help and tutoring is now available to all students in grades kindergarten through 12 through the district’s new Beyond the Bell program.

    Free, virtual support will be available after school Mondays through Thursdays. Elementary school sessions will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Middle and high school sessions will run from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Help will be available in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies and will be provided by certified teachers.

    To access the program, students should go to They will then select the appropriate link for their grade level and log in to the myPortal system with the Active Directory user name and password they use to log on to computers at school.

    Students/families who need technical support can call (352) 955-7745.

COVID-19 Decision Flowchart

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  • Vaccines
  • Symptoms and Cases
  • Close Contacts
  • COVID Testing
  • Face Covering Policy
  • Physical Distancing
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Indoor Air and Outdoor Spaces
  • Other School Operations
  • Beyond the School Day
  • Response Plan Handbook