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CDC Quarantine Recommendations

posted Dec 8, 2020, 7:20 AM by web Eagle   [ updated Dec 8, 2020, 7:20 AM ]

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

An email was sent to inform you that the CDC has changed the quarantine regulations pertaining to SARS COV-2. 
The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives:
1.    Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring 
2.    When diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available, then quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. 

Persons can discontinue quarantine at these time points only if the following criteria are also met:  
  • No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued; and, 
  • Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14; and, 
  • Persons are counseled regarding the need to adhere strictly through quarantine Day 14 to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions. They should be advised that if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status.
    • Testing for the purpose of earlier discontinuation of quarantine should be considered only if it will have no impact on community diagnostic testing. Testing of persons seeking evaluation for infection must be prioritized. 
    • Persons can continue to be quarantined for 14 days without testing per existing recommendations. This option maximally reduces risk of post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present. 
At this time Jamestown C-1 School district will also continue to follow the Nurse Algorithm. This means if your child is sick at school and is sent home or a parent calls in to report the child sick, if they are presenting with two or more symptoms they should be seen by a healthcare provider. It is the healthcare provider's decision if the child should have COVID-19 testing or an alternate diagnosis. A doctor's note will need to be provided to the nurse upon returning to school. I understand that it is inconvenient to take your child to the doctor every time they are sick, but we must take measures to try and keep our student body and staff healthy so that we can continue to come to school. 
Thank you for your continued understanding with the current situations. 
Lynnette Morse, LPN