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Notification of Dry Creek's Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance
Posted 1/14/22



Dear Dry Creek Families, 

On January 12, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools with recommendations for managing students exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 setting. CDPH's complete guidance can be viewed here. Please note, Dry Creek will be following CDPH's Group-Tracing Approach to Students Exposed to COVID-19 in a K-12 setting effective 1/14/22. We would like to call your attention to the following changes to the guidance:  

CDPH Recommendations for Students Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 in a K-12 Setting:

  • Exposed individuals may continue to take part in all aspects of K-12 schooling, including sports and extracurricular activities unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. 

  • Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior infection, exposed individuals should get tested for COVID-19 with at least one diagnostic test obtained within 3-5 days after last exposure.

  • Only positive tests should be reported to the student's school. 

  • Exposed individuals who receive a positive test result should isolate in accordance with Section 10 of CDPH's K-12 Guidance.

CDPH Recommendations for Students Who are Close Contacts/Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 Outside of a School Setting:

Students Vaccinated for COVID-19

  • Asymptomatic students do not need to quarantine and can continue to come to school and participate in all school-based activities. CDPH recommends testing on day 5 and to continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10-days.

Students NOT Vaccinated for COVID-19

  • Stay home for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

  • Test on day 5.

  • Quarantine can end after day 7 if symptoms are not present, a diagnostic specimen collected on day 5 or later tests negative. Individuals can return to school on day 8.

  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10.

  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings (see Section below on masking for additional information).

  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.

Additionally, last week CDPH updated its isolation guidance for individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Click here if you have not had a chance to read Dry Creek's notification regarding this change in guidance sent to families on 1/10/22. 

Dry Creek's Health and Safety Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year, in addition to links to community resources, including free county COVID-19 testing locations, can be found at

We thank you for your continued support in keeping students who are sick or not feeling well at home and for your patience as we work tirelessly to keep schools safe and open amidst extreme staffing shortages.

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District


Providing Excellence in Education Since 1876

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District (DCJESD) has been providing academic excellence since 1876. DCJESD currently operates ten award-winning schools and serves over 6,400 students in the communities of Dry Creek, West Roseville, and Antelope. For questions regarding our learning community, please contact 916-770-8800, or visit We invite you to come learn with us.