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CDC Updates to COVID-19 Protocols

Good Afternoon, Wildcat Community.

We want to make you aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its guidance for isolation and quarantine for COVID-19. Included below is a summary of the recommendations for our families and staff.

Recommendations for isolation for students and staff infected with COVID-19 include the following:

  • Students/staff can return to school when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true:

    • Symptoms are getting better overall and

    • There is no sign of fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication)

  • If students/staff have no symptoms or fever, but test positive, they can return to school immediately.

  • Upon return, students and staff should take added precautions for at least 5 days, such as masking. Additional examples of precautionary steps include:

    • Respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette

    • Distancing

    • Testing (taking an antigen test can help individuals know how likely they are to spread the virus)

    • Increasing fresh air in the classroom,  using portable HEPA filters, or taking other steps for cleaner air

Recommendations for persons exposed to COVID-19:

  • There are no longer specific testing and masking recommendations for individuals exposed to a person with COVID-19.

  • If students/ staff have been exposed and do not have symptoms, they can take added precautions such as masking or testing, as they see fit.

  • If an exposed individual becomes symptomatic or tests positive, follow the guidance for isolation.

Additional information regarding potential scenarios for those who are infected to return to school can be found on the CDC website by clicking here.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. 



Owen J. Roberts School District