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Parent/Guardian Communication - New Quarantine and Contact Tracing Guidelines (POSTED: January 12, 2022)

Dear Etown Families:

Effective today (1/12), our District will follow updated COVID-19 quarantine and contact tracing protocols. This change is based on the direction of the Board of School Directors for the Elizabethtown Area School District and recently released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PA Department of Health, and our school physician. The new process is as follows:

For students who have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Must quarantine for five days, with Day 1 being the day after symptoms start.
  • If asymptomatic, Day 1 would be the day after you are tested for COVID.
  • If asymptomatic at the end of five days, or if symptoms are resolving*, the quarantine period can end (parent/guardian choice).
  • If choosing to return, the student must wear a face-covering while in our school buildings or taking part in any school-related activity, whether on or off our campus, for an additional five days.


*Resolving symptoms include:

  • Not have a fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • If still with residual symptoms, then all must be improving.


For students exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms:

  • Must quarantine for five days, with Day 1 being the day after symptoms start.
  • Starting at the end of the third day, symptomatic individuals may take a COVID-19 test.
    • If negative, they can return on Day 4 (parent/guardian choice).
    • If the test is positive OR you decide not to test your child, they can return on Day 6 if symptoms are resolving, AND the student must wear a face-covering while in our school buildings or taking part in any school-related activity, whether on or off our campus, for an additional five days.
  • Individuals who secure a medical clearance by a medical provider can return immediately.


For students exposed (close contact) to a positive COVID-19 case in the household or outside of the household:

  • Students exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual no longer need to quarantine (parent/guardian choice).
  • If symptoms appear, the student must begin quarantining immediately, and testing is recommended. Please notify your child’s school.
  • Individuals who have been exposed and are asympomatic are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.


If you have a student who is currently in quarantine, here is what this new practice means to you for your child's return to school:

  • Close contact and asymptomatic for Covid-19
    The student may return to school and extracurricular activities immediately. If you wish to have your child remain in quarantine, please email your building attendance secretary to inform them they will remain in quarantine. While in quarantine as a close contact, students should log into their learning management system (i.e. Schoology or Seesaw) for daily assignments.
  • Positive or quarantined due to COVID-19-like symptoms
    The student can return on Day 6 AND must wear a face covering while in our school buildings or taking part in any school-related activity, whether on or off our campus, for an additional five days. If your child does not want to wear a face-covering on Days 6-10, they must remain in quarantine and return on Day 11. If you are unsure as to when your child can return to school, please contact EASD’s COVID Points of Contact: Erin Mohr (grades K-5) or Julie Sostack (grades 6-12). Ms. Mohr can be reached at erin_mohr@etownschools.org. Ms. Sostack can be reached at julie_sostack@etownschools.org.

The District has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help our families better understand the new process and make decisions in the best interest of their family. If you wish to switch your child’s instructional mode based on these changes, please contact your child’s building administrator. A link has been provided below to the FAQ.

We continue to appreciate your support of a safe school environment.

          - Elizabethtown Area School District


Frequently Asked Questions