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In order to protect others from possible COVID, we have to assume that the student is positive and have them isolate for 10 days from symptom onset AND 24 hours without fever AND improving symptoms. Schools may consider sending cohort members and/or other close contacts home to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic student.
As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in each country and making travel recommendations. Currently there is not a federal requirement for U.S. nationals to quarantine following international travel. If a school wishes to make it their policy, they could choose a consistent approach (e.g., travel to Level 3 Warning areas as listed on the CDC Travel page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html). However, note that there is also community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and locally.
If a symptomatic student is in the same cohort as a confirmed case or is linked by the case investigation, they should be classified as a "probable" case and follow the same symptom-based clearance as confirmed cases before being released from isolation / returning to school. If the investigation determines it is not the case, it can be treated as a negative and follow return protocol for other illnesses.