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Updated Shalhevet Guidelines

Exposure, Quarantine, Gathering and Testing


This policy is updated as of April 5, 2021 and is subject to change based upon case rates as determined by the Medical Task Force.


  • Quarantine and Isolation
    • An “exposure” is when someone has been within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes (counted cumulatively over the course of 24 hours).  A positive case is considered infectious 48 hours prior to symptom onset or 48 hours prior to testing date in the case of an asymptomatic case.  
    • If you have been exposed to a COVID positive case, please email  You will be asked to quarantine for 10 days, with additional self-monitoring from days 11-14, per the latest LA County Guidelines
    • If someone in the student’s family has tested positive for COVID-19 (and for any exposure), that student must quarantine for 10 days from the LAST exposure to the COVID positive case in their family/household -- which could be anytime up to 10 days from symptom onset for the COVID positive case. Because household transmission is so hard to avoid, it is imperative that you contact to make sure all protocols are followed and keep our community safe. 
    • We know there is some confusion regarding testing to end quarantine early.  Please note that you cannot test to get out of quarantine early from a positive exposure. If you have any questions regarding your particular situation, the COVID team is ready and able to work with you.
    • For someone who tests positive for COVID-19, isolation protocols call for 10 days from symptom onset, assuming no fever for at least 24 hours and symptoms have improved. 
  • If you have travelled outside of California (by any means), you must remain off-campus for 7 days following your return to California IF you obtain a negative COVID PCR test from day 3-5 after arrival back in California. If you do not get a negative COVID PCR test during that time period, you will need to quarantine for the original 10 day period. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to travel quarantine. For more information, see here.
  • We also expect the following:
    • Not attending any large gatherings (larger than three households), including weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, showers, kiddushes, large birthday parties, etc.
    • Wearing masks when outside your home
    • Maintain social distancing as appropriate from those outside of your household
    • When attending shul, adhering to the LA county guidelines which currently allow for outdoor and indoor minyanim, socially distanced and masked.

  • Testing: The Medical Task Force will treat a positive rapid antigen test as positive and will not accept a negative rapid antigen test. The PCR test remains the gold standard. If you need assistance finding a location for a PCR test, please be in touch with

  • If you are unable to comply with any of the above, please email so that the COVID Medical Task Force can determine the proper protocol for your circumstances.