Return to School

Should I Stay Home? What is Quarantine?
Below are some resources to help you answer those important questions. 

St. Anne's Belfield School adheres to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidelines for K - 12 Education. 

Why Do We Need the Return to School Form?




Who needs to quarantine?

In general, a close contact means being less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period. However, even shorter periods of time or longer distances can result in spread of the virus.

  • If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you need to stay home and away from others (quarantine).
  • COVID-19 can take up to 14 days to make you sick, and some people with COVID-19 never feel sick, so you need to separate yourself from others so you don't spread the virus without knowing it.
  • An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

  • People who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19.

  • People who had direct physical or intimate contact (e.g., kissing, hugging, other types of physical contact) with a person who has COVID-19.

  • People who provide direct care for a person who is sick with COVID-19 at home.

  • People with direct exposure to respiratory droplets from a person contagious with COVID-19.

How to Quarantine:

Stay home for 14 days after the exposure ended.
This is the best strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to others.

  • Do not go to work, school, or any other place outside the home.

  • Do not invite guests from outside your household into your home.

  • Separate from other people in your home and monitor for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. If symptoms develop, contact a health care provider and get tested for COVID-19.

  • Stay away from people who are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19. 

  • Get tested for COVID-19 five days or later after the exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. If test results are positive, follow recommendations 

When quarantining at home, you must make sure to:

  • Stay in a specific room and separate from others in the home.
    • Use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Wear a facemask if other people are around.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items such as food, dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding. After using these items, wash thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing (such as Uber or Lyft), or taxis.

How long to quarantine for COVID-19 if there is a positive case in the household?

  • The 14 day quarantine period starts the day after the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period (usually 10 days from the day their symptoms started, or if they didn’t have symptoms, 10 days from the day they got tested.
  • If multiple people in the home have COVID-19, the 14 days start after the last person has completed their isolation.  This may mean that other household members will need to quarantine for 24 days or more.

Additional Info from VDH