Student Isolation Protocol - May 11, 2022
In an effort to continue in-person learning, PUSD is transitioning to a new isolation protocol for students who test positive for COVID-19. Previous protocol required COVID-19 positive students to isolate for 10 days. Beginning May 10, a COVID-19 positive student can leave isolation between Day 6 and Day 10 if specific criteria are met.
Students with COVID-19 can end isolation on Day 6 ONLY if all of the following criteria are met:
(1) A COVID-19 viral test** collected on Day 5 or later is negative; AND
(2) No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine; AND
(3) Other symptoms are significantly improved and resolving --OR--
Isolation can end on Day 11 if the following criteria are met:
(1) No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine; AND
(2) Other symptoms are not present or are significantly improved and resolving.
**The test must be an FDA authorized viral test (e.g., PCR or antigen test, including at home tests). An antigen test is preferred for testing out of isolation.
The new criteria is based on the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) Exposure Management Protocol to allow for a reduced isolation timeline.
All PUSD students who return from isolation must wear a mask for 10 full days after the onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic, for 10 full days after the first positive test. Testing on Day 5 must be completed at the Primary Clinic at the Ed Center and observed by the nurse to guarantee proper procedure has been followed. The Primary Clinic Testing Nurse will fill out the appropriate documentation clearing the student to return to school. The student's principal, health clerk and school nurse will be notified of the student's return to school status in the event that they are cleared prior to their tenth day of isolation.
For students who are currently (prior to May 10) in isolation, if they have already completed 5 days of isolation, they should follow the new isolation protocol. If a student is directed to isolate on May 10 or later, they should follow the new isolation protocol.