Please start by reviewing the CDC's latest guidance on isolation and self quarantine.

If you have questions after reviewing the school toolkit, please use the question form at the bottom of the page.

Positive Cases


If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

  • Follow the most recent CDC guidelines for isolation: CDC Quarantine and Isolation

In the event of a positive case:

  • Confirm lab result (through RCPH or seeing lab result provided by parent)
  • Confirm exposure dates (2 days prior to symptom onset or 2 days prior to test date if asymptomatic)
  • Complete contact tracing and make a list of close contacts (see School Line List Template in resources section)
  • Notify close contacts of exposure and exclusion dates (see Letter Template in resources section)

Please note: RCPH highly encourages that employees/families report their positive results to their school. Due to recent changes in disease investigation and contact tracing protocols, RCPH may not receive all reports of school exposures. RCPH will continue to work with schools as needed or requested.

For more information on determining close contacts, see page 17 of Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools


Close Contacts


If you were exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine):

Quarantine Exceptions:

Certain exceptions apply to close contacts exposed in the K-12 classroom setting ONLY. These exceptions do not apply to at home exposures, social exposures, transportation, or extracurricular activities. See page 17 of the DHS Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools for more information on quarantine exceptions.




  • RCPH cannot provide return to school dates for close contacts exposed outside of school.

  • RCPH cannot confirm if parents, siblings, etc. are positive.

  • Parents and staff are responsible for reporting positive test results to the school.

  • Letters sent to close contacts are now the responsibility of the school. Letters will no longer be provided on RCPH letterhead. Feel free to use the letter template on school letterhead to notify close contacts of their exposure.




Created by Racine County Public Health Division

Updated 01.2022