Procedures Regarding Exposure to COVID-19

The information provided here should be used as guidance on appropriate steps to take for exposure to COVID-19 and related dismissal from, and return to, school practices.

Individual situations may, and likely will, involve nuances that require the school to go beyond the information provided here to effectively mitigate each situation.

In all cases, WT will contact the Allegheny County Health Department for additional guidance.

Terms Used in these Guidelines

COVID-19 Symptoms

As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms–ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 and MUST REMAIN AT HOME if any of the symptoms are present.

  • Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students or employees with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New onset chills, sweats, significant fatigue or unexplained muscle pain.
  • Congestion or runny nose

Guidelines for Dismissal from Campus for Sickness

Quarantine and School Absence Policy

(For Symptomatic/Asymptomatic Individuals)

Quarantine and School Absence Policy

(For Individuals in Close Contact with Probable/Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Test)

The Health Department, along with the CDC, recommends quarantining for 14 days after the last possible exposure as the best way to limit the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 can start as late as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Consistent with CDC guidance, the Health Department includes two methods to reduce the duration of quarantine for unvaccinated individuals as listed in the dropdowns below.

If the exposed individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 they do NOT need to quarantine after an exposure to a person with COVID-19 if they meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • They are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine);
  • They are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND,
  • They have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

A person also does not need to quarantine as a close contact if they have had a positive PCR test for COVID-19 in the last 3 months and do not have symptoms.

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