General Guidelines for Schools


Guidance and Best Practices


COVID-19 Decision Tree

The COVID-19 decision tree (Spanish), updated July 27, 2021, is a co-effort between the San Diego County Office of Education and San Diego County Public Health designed to assist school personnel in making decisions on how to handle students or staff members who become ill or present symptoms while at school. The decision tree will be updated based on the latest public health guidance. Please check back frequently for the most current version. 

**It has recently come to our attention that a few elements in the decision tree relating to quarantine may not be consistent with Cal/OSHA’s most recent temporary emergency standards for COVID-19 as they relate to employees. Please see here for details. We are working with the county to clarify with Cal/OSHA on the discrepancies. Until we receive clarification from Cal/OSHA, we recommend that school leaders require their employees who are identified as close contacts to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to the COVID-19-positive individual during the period that individual is considered to be contagious. 






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