The Department of Health and Human Services released their updated K-12 school quarantine and isolation guidance to reflect recent updates from the CDC. Changes included language on isolation and quarantine guidance, which allows students, teachers, and staff to return to school sooner.
- Students, teachers, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and/or display symptoms should self-isolate regardless of vaccination status.
- If positive with no symptoms, monitor for symptoms from day of exposure through day ten of isolation and isolate at home for five days; and
- If symptoms have improved or you continue to have no symptoms, return to school, while wearing a well-fitted mask for days 6-10; or
- Stay home for ten days if unwilling/unable to wear a mask.
- Close contacts don’t need to quarantine at home if they had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days and/or are up to date on all recommended vaccines they are eligible for.
- Contacts should monitor symptoms and “Mask to Stay” for ten days from the date of last exposure.
- Close contacts not meeting that criterion need to quarantine or may test to stay and/or mask to stay.
- Home quarantine for days 1-5, if feasible test on day 5, and “mask to stay” for days 6-10; or
- “Test to Stay” for days 1-6 and “Mask to Stay” for days 1-10; or
- Home quarantine for days 1-10 if unable/unwilling to mask.
“Test to Stay” includes testing every other day for six days following exposure and consistent and correct use of a well-fitted mask. Under “Mask to Stay”, a person consistently and correct uses a well-fitted mask when around others and in school and public settings.
To read the updated guidance, please click here.
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