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Updated COVID Quarantine Protocols (Jan. 26)
Updated COVID Quarantine Protocols (Jan. 26)
Posted on 01/26/2022
We wanted to update our community about changes to the StrongSchools Toolkit regarding quarantine protocols.Based on data gathered and research collected since the pandemic began, NCDHHS has provided school systems with a significant change to the StrongSchoolsNC Toolkit.

Per the toolkit, since BCS has a universal masking policy in place, students and staff who are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are not otherwise exempt from quarantine may no longer need to quarantine from school*.

This option is only available to students and staff with a non-household exposure, who are asymptomatic, and who can wear their mask consistently and correctly for 10 days after exposure. Additionally, those close contacts should monitor for symptoms and are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 when notified of the exposure and at day 5 after the exposure. Testing may be available at school or performed at a community testing site. Ultimately, the school’s COVID-19 team, including the school nurse, will make the determination as to who will be exempt from quarantine under this new protocol. While the student may not need to be excluded from the school setting, quarantine measures may still apply in non-school settings.

This new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

*At this time, close contacts who live in the same household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home for at least 5 days after their last exposure to that person. There are criteria that would exempt someone from quarantine (such as being up to date on COVID-19 vaccines). The school health team will make this determination.

Those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 are still required to isolate and stay home for at least 5 days.

We’ll provide more guidance in the coming days regarding how this new protocol will impact athletics.

Please know that this new protocol is one of several important strategies that will keep our students safe and healthy in school. Research and data points to the effectiveness of layering strategies such as universal masking, distancing, improved ventilation, vaccine availability, and testing available at school to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Additionally, we know how crucial in-person learning is for our students. This protocol will provide an opportunity for more kids to stay in school where they can learn and thrive in a safe environment.

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Basado en los datos e investigaciones recopilados desde que comenzó la pandemia el NCDHHS ha proporcionado a los sistemas escolares un cambio significativo en el kit de herramientas StrongSchoolsNC.
 
De acuerdo con el kit de herramientas, dado que BCS tiene una política de enmascaramiento universal, los estudiantes y el personal que sean identificados como un contacto cercano de alguien que haya dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 y que no estén exentos de cuarentena, ya no necesitarán estar en cuarentena en la escuela*. Esta opción sólo está disponible para los estudiantes y el personal con una exposición no doméstica, que son asintomáticos, y que pueden llevar la máscara de forma consistente y correcta durante 10 días después de la exposición. Además, esos contactos cercanos deben vigilar los síntomas y se recomienda que se hagan pruebas de COVID-19 cuando se les notifique la exposición y al quinto día después de la exposición. Las pruebas pueden estar disponibles en la escuela o realizarse en un centro de pruebas de la comunidad. En última instancia, el equipo de COVID-19 de la escuela, incluida la enfermera de la escuela, tomará la decisión de quién estará exento de la cuarentena bajo este nuevo protocolo. Aunque no sea necesario excluir al estudiante del entorno escolar, las medidas de cuarentena pueden seguir aplicándose en entornos no escolares.

Esta nueva orientación se aplica a todos, independientemente del estado de vacunación.*En este momento, los contactos cercanos que viven en el mismo hogar con alguien que ha dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 deben permanecer en casa durante al menos 5 días después de su última exposición a esa persona. Hay criterios que podrían excluir a alguien de la cuarentena (como estar al día con las vacunas contra el COVID-19). El equipo de salud de la escuela tomará esta determinación.Aquellos que han dado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19 todavía están obligados a aislarse y permanecer en casa durante al menos 5 días.





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