COVID-19 Protocols


Please contact Adriana Serdio immediately at adriana@storytellercenter.org in the event that your child shows symptoms or is exposed to someone with COVID or COVID symptoms.

Close contact or exposure is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5- minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before positive test results).

Children with:

1. Any of the COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of the vaccination status of the child (including “just a cold”).

Symptoms are: 
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms.

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

2. Confirmed COVID-19 case regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms (follow directions in column 2 under “Isolation”).

3. When an UNVACCINATED person has close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the childcare or youth setting, community or a household (follow the guidelines in column 2 under “Isolation”).

*Quarantine begins the day after last close contact to a positive person. 

If a fully vaccinated person has close contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the childcare or youth setting, community or a household (follow directions in column 2 under “No need to Quarantine”)



  • If a child shows symptoms they should be sent home to isolate. A medical evaluation and/or COVID-19 test is required to return to Storyteller. 
  • Children with symptoms of COVID-19 infection are not to return in-person until:
    • 5 days have passed from symptom onset. AND at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications; AND other symptoms have improved; OR
    • A healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma), OR 
    • A healthcare provider has confirmed an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus) OR
    • They have a negative test for SARS-ScV-2 and symptoms have improved.


  • Exposed children should isolate and be excluded from all school and non-school settings until return criteria has been met:
    • Stay home for 5 days; OR
    • isolation can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present OR are resolving AND tests negative on day 5 or later. *Antigen test preferred; OR
    • If fever is present, isolation should be continued until fever resolves without the use of fever reducing medications; OR
    • If symptoms, other than fever, are not resolving continue to isolate until symptoms are resolving or until after day 10.


Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially indoors.


  • Stay home for at least 5 days, after contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Test on day 5 (Antigen test preferred)
  • Quarantine can end after day 5 if symptoms are not present and a test on day 5 or later is negative. 
  • If unable to test or choosing not to test, and symptoms are not present quarantine can end after day 10. 
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days especially in indoor settings.
  • If testing positive, follow isolation recommendations below.
  • If symptoms develop, test and stay home.


  • following a known exposure if asymptomatic AND recommended test on days 3-5 from close contact (antigen test preferred); AND
  • wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings; OR 
  • If tests positive, follow isolation recommendations above; OR
  • If symptoms develop, follow symptoms recommendations above.