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School Covid Plan Changes
David Boland
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Recently, changes were made to the school Covid plan. At the school board meeting on December 20, changes were made to quarantine  and masking procedures.  In addition, on December 27, CDC guidance was changed regarding length of time for quarantines.  The changes are detailed as follows:

Quarantine procedures:

Effective January 3, 2022, students who are close contacts to persons with Covid will be allowed to mask and stay in school, if they have no symptoms and are monitored for symptoms daily.   Close contacts who have a negative test through day 7 may then come to school unmasked. With no test, close contacts must remain masked and symptom free through 10 days. Students can be tested on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 with parental approval.

Students with cases in their household who are determined to be close contacts will quarantine at home. 

Students who have had Covid are exempt from these household quarantine regulations for 90 days; they may mask and attend school. Students who have had their Covid vaccinations made current are exempt from these household quarantine regulations for 6 months; they may mask and attend school.

These procedures apply to student attendance at school only, and do not apply to extracurricular activities or other social gatherings. These procedures do not apply to adults.

Masking procedures:

Effective January 3, 2022, if we get cases at school involving 6 households in a school building, that building will mask for 14 days. (14 days measured from the last case in the outbreak.) This is an increase from 3 households in a building, prior to this time.

Change in CDC quarantine guidelines:

On December 27, the CDC changed their quarantine recommendations.

-If an individual has Covid, they will quarantine for 5 days. If at that time they then have no symptoms, they can resume activities if they mask for 5 days.

- If an individual is a close contact with a person with Covid, that individual will quarantine for 5 days, and if they have no symptoms, then resume activities if they mask for an additional 5 days.

Let us know if you have questions about these changes.