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  • Student Quarantine Requirements

    Horry County Schools will follow the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) updated isolation and quarantine guidance which reflects recent updates published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Below are key points of DHEC's current recommendations:

    If You Tested Positive (Isolation):

    If you test positive for COVID-19, you need to isolate regardless of your vaccination status:

    • Stay home and avoid in-person contact with others for at least 5 days
    • If you have no symptoms after Day 5, you can end isolation but must wear a mask around others for 5 more days.

    If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine):

    • Scroll down for a complete summary of the new updated quarantine guidance for Horry County Schools. 

    Email COVID19info@horrycountyschools.net for questions regarding COVID-19 quarantines and contact tracing. 

  • * Maximally or Fully-Vaccinated

    Maximally vaccinated: Ages 18 and up who have completed their primary vaccine series of two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Janssen vaccine, including an additional dose for an individual who is immunocompromised, and has had a booster shot if eligible.

    Fully vaccinated: Ages 17 and younger who have completed their primary vaccine series of two doses, including an additional dose for an individual who is immunocompromised, more than 14 days ago.

    A CLOSE CONTACT is considered to be someone who was within 3 to 6 feet of an infected individual for at least 15 cumulative minutes
    over a 24-hour period. Student athletic/activity groups which include any activities where forced expiration produces increased respiratory droplets in the surroundings, including shouting, singing, physical exertion, etc., are considered a close contact if they are less than
    6 feet apart.

    CLOSE CONTACT: Quarantine is not required for individuals who have tested positive (laboratory-confirmed) for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Mask use is required for 10 days after exposure.

    Household Close Contact (Not Maximally or Fully-VaccinateD): Quarantine for infected individual’s isolation period
    PLUS 5 additional days provided no symptoms exist. A minimum of 10 days quarantine required. They may return to school, if they are asymptomatic. Mask use is required for 5 days after return to school. 

    Classroom or Cohorts (5 people or more): If 20% or more of the students within a classroom or other cohort of students
    (e.g., sports teams or extracurricular groups) become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, the entire class or cohort must quarantine.

    PCR or Antigen Tests are collected by a swab of the nose or throat. Blood tests for antibodies may not be used to shorten quarantine. Negative COVID-19 test results should be sent via email to negativeCOVID19testresults@horrycountyschools.net or be submitted at the school.

    At-home rapid tests are now accepted. An At-Home Rapid-Test Result Attestation Form must be completed for each test administered. A viral test collected no sooner than day 5 is recommended and results should be sent, along with the attestation form via email to negativeCOVID19testresults@horrycountyschools.net or be submitted at your school. 

  • January 10th announcements

  • Student Quarantine Information - Posted Jan. 4, 2022

  • Student Quarantine Information - Posted Sept/Oct 2021

  • Student Quarantine Information - Posted August 30, 2021

  • Quarantine Information, August 11, 2021