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Quarantine Information

Quarantine Procedure

Macomb County school districts are required to follow Health Department quarantine procedures. The exclusion from school for the purpose of quarantine is authorized by Michigan Public Act 368 of 1978 and the associated Communicable Disease Rules (R 325.175).

Quarantine Process Flow Chart 

Quarantine Procedure

As noted in the Return to School toolkit published by the Macomb Health Department, the exclusion from school for the purpose of quarantine is authorized by Michigan Public Act 368 of 1978 and the associated Communicable Disease Rules (R 325.175).

Students who are identified as a close contact will receive direct communication from their school. 

Macomb County Health Department 

The most-recent Macomb County Return to School toolkit is available at this link.

Identifying Close Contacts (Page 5)
A person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 is considered to be contagious 48 hours prior to symptom onset or, if asymptomatic, 48 hours prior to the date a person was tested for COVID-19. All individuals who were in contact with the person in that timeframe should be identified by the school.

The MCHD will work with the school to determine who meets the definition of a close contact. These individuals are at higher risk of developing an infection and are required to quarantine for a period of 10 days. The quarantine period may be reduced to 7 days if the contact receives a negative viral (PCR or antigen) test performed at least 5 days after exposure.

The exclusion from school for the purpose of quarantine is authorized by Michigan Public Act 368 of 1978 and the associated Communicable Disease Rules (R 325.175). Quarantine is not necessary for persons diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 3 months, for persons fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or for students exposed only in the classroom, while both the index case and the close contact were masked and sitting at least 3 feet apart.

Who is a close contact? (Page 5)
A close contact is most often someone who has been within 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period with or without a face covering. The MCHD may determine that a distance beyond 6 feet or a time period of less than a total of 15 minutes can still result in a high risk of transmission based on other considerations and circumstances.

Learning Plan

The district remains committed to classroom experiences for students for families who have chosen the in-person learning environment.  During the year, adjustments may be made to ensure the long-term goal of maintaining a full, in-person learning for students.

In the event that a student is placed in quarantine under Macomb County Health Department definitions and guidance, principals and teachers will work with families to ensure students have access to learning experiences. Current technology platforms will be leveraged in the event of any student absences. Parents should speak directly to their teacher and/or principals if they have questions.  
 
Self Screening

Self-screening students before school is essential to the health and safety of the school community. 

Before your child leaves in the morning, ask these two questions:

  • In the last 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline of any chronic illness: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of smell and new loss of taste?
  • In the last 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms that are new/different/worse from baseline chronic illness: subjective fever (felt feverish) or measured temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher chills or rigors (sever chills with shivering), headache, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose or congestion and fatigue?