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Update on CDC Guidelines for Students

January 5, 2022 -- Hello Vestavia Hills City Schools families,

I want to provide an update on the isolation and quarantine guidelines for K-12 students. The CDC clarified on Tuesday, January 4 that its updated guidelines do apply to students in grades K-12. The ADPH has also endorsed these guidelines for K-12 students. Here are a few emphasis points:


  • Call your school nurse for guidance on counting days.
  • Stay home for 5 days, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you may return to school.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay at home until your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.


  • Call your school nurse for guidance on counting days.
  • If you are fully vaccinated with at least 2 doses of vaccine and have no symptoms, you may return to school and monitor your symptoms.
  • If you become symptomatic while at school, go home and get tested for COVID-19.

Parents will continue to receive a notification letter if their student has a potential exposure to someone at school who has a known positive COVID-19 diagnosis . Students who receive a letter for a potential exposure may remain in school as long as they do not have COVID symptoms or test positive. Absences for exposure or other COVID-related reasons are excused.

VHCS will implement the new guidelines with our students beginning Thursday, January 6, 2022. Students who are currently isolating with COVID may return to school if they meet the criteria of this guidance. Please check with your school nurse on the return date for your students if they test positive for COVID-19. We ask that you continue to let us know if your child tests positive by completing our Positive Reporting Form.

Students in grades 7-12 who participate in school athletics will receive updated information from their coaches on return-to-play protocols for students who test positive. It will also be posted on the Athletics Department website by Thursday, January 6.

For any other questions related to these new guidelines, please contact your school’s nurse.

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Vestavia Hills City Schools