Quarantine, Isolation, Contact Tracing, and Notification Protocols
Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines (as of January 4, 2022)
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has issued new guidelines for isolation and quarantine following a COVID-19 exposure to align with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can view the updated guidelines here.
Individuals who are identified as a close contact to a positive case do not have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (if eligible) OR if they are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for a booster. All other individuals – including individuals previously infected with COVID-19 – must quarantine.
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who have tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to self-isolate and monitor symptoms.
Close contacts who must quarantine and individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 may end quarantine/isolation if they remain symptom-free and receive a negative COVID-19 test after day 5. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to test may end quarantine/isolation after day 10 if they remain symptom-free.
On-Campus Quarantine and Isolation Protocols
Glendale Unified implements strict protocols for quarantine, isolation, contact tracing, and notification in the event of a COVID-19 exposure to prevent the spread of the virus. Students who present with COVID-19 symptoms while on campus report to a designated isolation area and their parent/guardian is called to pick them up immediately.
Contact Tracing and Notification
Glendale Unified works closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to implement strict contact tracing protocols in the event of a COVID-19 exposure at a school or district facility. Anyone potentially exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted directly by Glendale Unified healthcare personnel, offered the opportunitiy for testing, and provided instructions for quarantine. Employees and parents/guardians of students who were present but not directly exposed to the infected individual will recieve a courtesy notification from their school or the district.
Glendale Unified employs several Registered Nurses (RNs) who conduct contact tracing and rotate among our district schools to support students and employees as-needed. The District also has at least one LVN or health clerk stationed at every school site that can assist with contact tracing. We are in the process of hiring additional personnel (school nurse/RN) to specifically coordinate contract tracing.