Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

8-2022 Highlights:

• Students and staff exposed to COVID will not have to quarantine. People who were exposed to COVID-19 should follow CDC recommendations to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the exposure and get tested.

• “Test to stay” will end—students will no longer be required to receive a COVID test if exposed to an infected person.

• Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days at home. Those with symptoms may resume attending school after 5 days if they are fever-free without fever reducing medicine for 24 hours and their symptoms are improving and they wear a mask through day 10. CDC guidance indicates that people can use the test-based strategy outlined in its isolation guidance to potentially shorten the duration of post-isolation mask use. Please read the FAQ on these points.

• Universal masking is not required at this time. Local health departments have authority to implement masking requirements.

• Schools will no longer be required to offer or conduct screening testing.

• Schools are not required to test unvaccinated staff.

• Schools are not required to report daily test results to DOH. Schools which operate under a limited service laboratory (LSL) will be required to report positive case results as they occur.

• Schools will not be required to conduct contact tracing.

The new state guidance is silent on issues regarding employee leave time.

No Monkeypox-related requirements are planned for school operations. Commissioner Bassett said that she did not see schools as a setting where Monkeypox transmission is a risk.

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