Reduction in Quarantine for School Exposures 10.07.2021
The West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District has issued new guidance allowing a reduction in the length of quarantine for students or staff experiencing a COVID-19 exposure in a school setting.
Unvaccinated students and staff who experience a COVID-19 exposure in school (including on the van) will only need to quarantine for 7 days if they choose to take a COVID-19 test. The test must be completed 5 days or later after exposure, and can be either PCR or antigen. The quarantined individual can then return to school on day 8 with a negative test result. Should an individual choose not to test, the full 10 day quarantine would be necessary. Exposures in the community or at home will continue to require a 10 day quarantine for unvaccinated individuals whether or not the individual chooses to test. Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to quarantine after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
In all cases, students and staff should continue to monitor for symptoms a full 14 days after exposure. If an individual develops any sign of illness during this time, they should stay home and reach out to our school nurse. As a reminder, the daily health checklist can be found here. Should you have any questions about the need or length of quarantine or symptoms in general, do not hesitate to reach out to our school nurse, Terri Leduc, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DPH and local health districts have been carefully tracking the risks of exposure in school settings and have found that transmission in school settings across the state has been extremely minimal. At IEA specifically, no positive COVID-19 cases have resulted in known transmission within our school. Because we are a carefully monitored setting, the implementation and compliance of numerous precautions (distancing, masking, vaccination and testing requirements for staff, etc), and the reduction in cases overall, the Health District and IEA believe that the shorter quarantine time will maintain the same health and safety benefits while allowing unvaccinated individuals to return to school as soon as possible.