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Updated COVID-19 Protocols (Jan. 2022)
Updated COVID-19 Protocols (Jan. 2022)
Posted on 01/04/2022
We wanted to update our community about changes to the StrongSchools Toolkit regarding isolation and quarantine protocols.

Good afternoon, BCS Staff and Families,

We hope you all had a wonderful winter break. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back for in-person learning this week. As a reminder, universal masking is still in place inside our school buildings. Masks remain optional outside. 

We wanted to update our community about changes to the StrongSchools Toolkit regarding isolation and quarantine protocols.

Following updated guidance from the CDC, the newly adopted protocols are as follows:

  • --Staff and students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, and do not have symptoms should stay home -away from others- for 5 days but can then return to school where they must wear a mask indoors and outdoors for 5 additional days.

  • --If staff and students test positive and have symptoms, they should stay home-away from others- until it has been at least 5 days since their symptoms started, AND they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), AND their symptoms are improving. They can then return to school, and they must wear a mask (at all times) for the next 5 days.

  • --Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are not vaccinated OR are vaccinated but not received a booster, if eligible, should stay home away from others for 5 days and then get tested on day 5 after exposure. If they test negative, they can return to school but must wear a mask (at all times) for 5 additional days.

  • --Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 and are vaccinated and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask inside and outside for 10 days.

Finally, a reminder that if masks are worn consistently and correctly in school settings by both a person who ends up testing positive for COVID-19 and a close contact, the close contact does not need to quarantine, regardless of whether they are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.


These updated documents and flowcharts will help you understand when a student may return to school:

• Positive Test Flowchart (PDF)
• Close Contact Flowchart (PDF)
• Symptomatic Flowchart (PDF)
• Metrics to Reconsider Mask Requirements (PDF)


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