NEW VDH Quarantine Guidelines
The Virginia Department of Health has provided interim guidance for K-12 schools following updates from the Centers for Disease Control.
The new guidance allows individuals to return five days after a positive Covid test if the following criteria have been met:
- They have no symptoms, or their symptoms have resolved (no fever).
- They wear a well-fitting mask for five additional days when interacting with others.
- They maintain proper social distance.
When children have to remove their masks to eat or for other reasons, they need to be in a setting that allows for six feet of distance between them and others. If they cannot be six feet apart when they return, they cannot benefit from the reduced five-day quarantine and will need to follow the 10-day quarantine. If they can stay six feet apart when unmasked, they can use the five-day option.
These guidelines will evolve as state and federal public health experts review COVID-19 caseloads and scientific analysis. We will continue to keep you posted on any updates.
For additional information on COVID-19 mitigation and quarantine measures, visit www.npsk12.com/Page/18167 or www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.