Testing and quarantine procedures are different depending on if someone is vaccinated or unvaccinated
Close contact if UNVACCINATED
If your child is unvaccinated and determined to be a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they must quarantine for a minimum of 8 days (if asymptomatic AND tested negative on day 5 AND continuing to monitor for 14 days), or 10 days (if asymptomatic AND continuing to monitor for 14 days), or 14 days (if asymptomatic).
Close contact if VACCINATED
If your child is vaccinated (i.e. has received 2 doses of an mRNA vaccine and is at least 2 weeks post the second dose) and is determined to be a close contact of someone with Covid-19, they must mask in public for 14 days post-exposure and be tested 5-7 days after their exposure, but no further quarantine is required (if asymptomatic).
For ALL close contacts regardless of vaccination status
All close contacts regardless of vaccination status must immediately quarantine and be tested if they become symptomatic during the 14 day period after exposure.
*Please note that for close contacts participating in "test and stay" programs through their school districts, these quarantine guidelines may be slightly altered - please speak with your school nurse or your provider if you have questions.*
Quarantine and testing guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
An algorithm from the Massachusetts chapter of the AAP describing indications for testing for symptoms or after exposure
Information regarding indication for covid testing, including explanation of the different types of tests
Search for a site for a covid test