COVID Quarantine and Testing

Will students and staff be tested for COVID at school?

MVWSD is partnering with Concentric for simple, pooled COVID-19 testing weekly for students and rapid antigen tests for staff members via nose swab. Testing will begin as soon as possible. Knowing the specific prevalence of COVID-19 in our school allows us to make informed decisions about safeguarding our school community and continuing in-person learning. Specifics about this program will be sent to parents and staff members.

Will I know if there is a case at school?

The MVWSD COVID-19 Dashboard is always available for viewing and is updated each time we have new data. 

Parents of students and staff members who are identified as "close contacts" receive a letter within hours of the case being reported to the District. If you do not receive a letter, you have not been identified as a close contact of a positive individual during their infectious period. 

Please monitor yourself and your child for symptoms and stay home if you are sick. Please contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns.

How many cases are in MVWSD?

The MVWSD COVID-19 Dashboard is always available for viewing and is updated each time we have new data. Parents of students and staff members who are identified as "close contacts" receive a letter within hours of the case being reported to the District.

How do you define close contact?

A close contact is someone who has been within 0-6 feet of the positive case for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period indoors during the two-day period prior to the start of symptoms (or two days before the positive COVID-19 specimen collection date). Typically, these are the children in the positive case's classroom, in addition to any individuals who have been in small groups with the positive case.

Generally, what happens at school after there's a positive COVID case?

   *  The positive individual/parent of the positive individual receives a letter from MVWSD directing a 10-day isolation.

   *  Parents of students and staff members who are identified as "close contacts" receive a letter containing further directions about testing and potential isolation within hours of the case being reported to the District.

  *  The COVID Dashboard is updated. 
Covid quarantine graphic Click here for the Spanish version of the infographic. Haga clic aquí para ver la versión en español de la infografía.
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What do parents do if it's possible their child might have COVID?

1. Keep your child home if she/he has any symptoms.

2. Call your pediatrician immediately so that your child can be evaluated and get tested for COVID-19. Anyone, vaccinated or not, who develops COVID-like symptoms needs to get tested right away.  If your child does not have a healthcare provider, additional testing resources are available through the Public Health Department at Be sure to let the provider know that your child has symptoms or is a close contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

3. If your child's test is negative, he/she may return to school 24 hours after fever ends.

4. If your child's test is positive, immediately email or call your principal with this information as well as the date of the positive test.

5. Child must be isolated at home for 10 days (see details below). After 10 days and no fever, the child may return to school. A negative COVID test is not required. Often, people who have contracted COVID test positive for 3-6 months after their contagious period has ended.

How do I get testing for my child and what tests are accepted for return to school?
Negative results from laboratory-based antigen and PCR tests are accepted for students who are on a modified quarantine.

* To search for a County COVID testing site, please click here:
* To search for a test through El Camino Health, click here:

* To search for the once monthly, downtown Mountain View testing bus (
460 Bryant St.) see or 888-634-1123. Walk-ups are available as space allows.

* To search other providers, such as drug stores, click here.

Per Santa Clara County guidelines, MVWSD cannot accept at-home COVID test results because these tests may produce inadequate sample material and could be damaged by improper handling, thus producing false results.

What should parents do if their child tests positive for COVID?

The Public Health Department directs that your child isolate at home immediately, even if they don’t have COVID-like symptoms.

If symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, your child must stay isolated for at least 10 days since symptoms began AND at least 24 hours after your fever resolves and your other symptoms improve. 

If your child has no symptoms (regardless of vaccination status), your child should isolate for 10 days from the date of test collection. Your child does not need any additional testing since they have already tested positive.

We will notify the other parents, students, and staff in the classroom cohort immediately that a member of the cohort has been diagnosed with COVID-19, while keeping your child’s identity confidential. All close contacts will be required to follow the CDPH quarantine recommendations for schools.

What steps should we take for other members of the household when someone tests positive for COVID?

All unvaccinated household members of the COVID-19 case must quarantine, monitor for symptoms, and contact their health care providers to schedule testing. 

Fully vaccinated individuals may not need to quarantine if they meet certain conditions. Instructions on how to isolate and quarantine can be found at 

Anyone who develops COVID-like symptoms, vaccinated or not, needs to get tested right away.

If your child cannot be separated from others, then the quarantine for unvaccinated household members will end 10 days after your child completes isolation. If there are unvaccinated household members who attend other schools/programs, you should notify those schools/programs as well.

What should I do if someone in our house gets COVID? Does my child have to stay home?

If you/your child lives in a household with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you must monitor the health of everyone in the household during this time to prevent passing infection to anyone else. The infected person should be kept as separate from others in the household as much as possible. Everyone in the house is recommended to wear masks.

You/your child should get tested on Day 5 or later from last exposure to the person with COVID-19 if you don’t have symptoms (and immediately if you do have symptoms).

Unvaccinated and/or symptomatic persons must stay home regardless of negative test results and continue to quarantine for the full 10-day period and keep monitoring for symptoms for a full 14 days after exposure. 

Fully vaccinated and asymptomatic family members of a positive COVID case are not required to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic.

What do I do if I get a close contact letter for my child?

Modified Quarantine Plan 1: If the child/youth has no symptoms and is fully vaccinated, they may remain on campus. However, they still need to get tested on Day 5 after exposure. (Test results will need to be submitted to the school office.)

At-Home Quarantine Plan 2: If the child/youth is symptomatic (regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated), they will need to be tested immediately for COVID-19 and be excluded from campus for 10 days.

Modified Quarantine Plan 3: If your child has no symptoms and is unvaccinated, and both the COVID-19 positive person and your child were wearing masks during exposure, your child may remain on campus, but needs to be excluded from extracurricular activities. Your principal will notify aftercare providers. Your child should get tested immediately and on Day 5 after the exposure. Test results must be provided to your principal. If the test taken on or after Day 5 from last exposure is negative, your child may resume extracurricular activities on Day 8. 

Does the District provide instruction for students who stay home due to a COVID exposure? Are those absences excused?

MVWSD is in the process of discussing these policy decisions with the Board of Trustees and will communicate with parents afterwards. California legislators this summer allowed the statutes and funding for distance learning to expire, in effect removing the option for districts to conduct distance learning like we had last year.

What is the protocol for an MVWSD staff member after getting a close contact letter?

Quarantine Plan #1: If the adult is fully vaccinated and has no symptoms, they may remain on campus but should monitor for symptoms. They still need to get tested on Day 5 after exposure.

Quarantine Plan #2: If the adult is symptomatic (regardless of vaccination status), they will need to be tested immediately for COVID-19 and again on Day 5. 

Quarantine Plan #3: If the adult is unvaccinated and has no symptoms, they must quarantine for 10 days and get tested on Day 5 after exposure. Staff members must send test results to

What factors trigger the closure of a class?

When there are multiple cases of students who test positive for COVID in the same classroom within a two- week period, MVWSD will work with Santa Clara County Public Health to make a decision about whether to close the classroom. Per the California Department of Education, MVWSD is not allowed to provide distance learning for classes temporarily closed for COVID.

Why don't all close contacts have to stay home?

Multiple COVID safeguards are in place, including universal masking and frequent testing to help reduce instructional disruption. Unvaccinated students who are close contacts may undergo a modified 10-day quarantine when both parties were wearing a mask. Asymptomatic close contacts may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they meet the criteria. However, they will be excluded from extracurricular activities for a period of time, and should get tested immediately and on Day 5 after the exposure. 

MVWSD will COVID test students who have submitted a consent form and are at school on a modified quarantine on day 1 and 5. Those students who do not have a completed consent form will have to be tested outside of MVWSD. MVWSD will also order additional take-home tests for parents to use after major holidays.

Is there a difference in protocols if the exposed individual was vaccinated vs. if the exposed individual was UNvaccinated?

Assuming all parties were wearing masks at the time, a child (regardless of vaccination status) who was exposed to a positive case but has no symptoms may remain on campus and must get tested immediately and on Day 5 after exposure. Test results should be reported to your principal.

The difference is that an UNvaccinated child may attend school on campus but needs to be excluded from extracurricular activities for up to 10 days, depending on their test results.

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