Exclusions - Exclusiones

  • January 11, 2022 Update

    At the January 11, 2022 board meeting, the Board of Trustees made an important change based on state guidance minimizing the 10-day exclusion period due to COVID-19 to 5 days. Beginning January 12, 2022, individuals who have been excluded because they had symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been excluded due to exposure, may return after 5 days, so long as they are symptom-free or symptoms are improving with no fever, diarrhea, or vomiting for 24 hours without medications, and will wear a well-fitting mask when around other for 5 days following return.


    WCSD works with the Washoe County Health District on protocols for handling students who may become ill at school and exclusions for when students and staff must remain home from school.

    Exclusion of ill individuals from school premises is necessary to ensure the safety and protect the wellness of students, staff, and the community. The exclusion period depends on the specific illness and time it takes for recovery, followed by the contagious period of the illness. Additionally, the extent of exclusion depends on the illness and the number of individuals exposed. Close contacts identified through contact tracing may require further exclusion, which the Washoe County Health District will determine.

    Close contacts who are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated* will be quarantined for a minimum of 5 days. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated* and who are showing no symptoms will not be asked to quarantine. The school nurse will verify vaccination status through Web IZ, and until it is validated, the individual will need to be excluded.

    Exceptions for K-12 Exclusions in Indoor Classroom Settings (Updated September 7, 2021)

    The CDC issued guidance for K-12 students in indoor classroom settings, which was incorporated in the State of Nevada’s guidance for Directive 048. This guidance applies to all K-12 public, private, and charter schools in Washoe County.

    Student-to-student contact in a classroom setting

    • This exception reduces the distance from 6 feet to 3 feet for a close contact, if both students are wearing a properly fitted mask. That means if:
      • A student is 3 or more feet from a COVID-19 positive student and both students were consistently and correctly wearing well-fitted masks, the exposed student does not have to quarantine and will not be excluded from school if they are asymptomatic.
      • A student who is a close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case who was 3 feet or less from that contact, will be considered exposed and will be excluded regardless if a mask was properly worn or not. 

    Teachers, staff, or other adults in a classroom setting

    • These exceptions do not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting, or anyone including students outside the classroom setting including lunchrooms, playgrounds, and busses.
    • If a student is greater than 3 feet but less than 6 feet to a teacher, another staff member, or an adult who was infectious, they will have to quarantine and will be excluded from school even if both parties are wearing a mask. 

    In all situations, if someone is fully vaccinated* and is not showing symptoms, they do not have to quarantine and will not be excluded.

    In keeping with February 1, 2022 update to Nevada Department of Health and Human Services guidance for Directive 048, fully vaccinated is defined as follows:

    • Eighteen (18) years and older: completed primary course of COVID-19 vaccines and received recommended booster(s).
    • Five to seventeen (5-17) years: 14-days have passed since completing their primary course of COVID-19 vaccines.

    For general information about student health guidelines, immunization requirements, food allergy procedures, and more, please visit https://www.washoeschools.net/studenthealth.

    For general information about community health, please visit https://www.washoecounty.us/health.