What are the updated school quarantine guidelines? MDHHS recently released updated precautions that discuss things like quarantine versus isolation, when a student exposed to COVID-19 can stay in school and school testing opportunities. There are three situations in which a student can have been exposed to COVID-19, and go to school without quarantining:
MDHHS issues guidance for parents with children exposed to COVID-19 Courtesy: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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MDHHS goes on to state that anyone who shows COVID-19 symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and isolate. Both quarantine and isolation are determined by local health departments, so quarantine factors may be modified. If the exposed or infected student, or both were not wearing a mask.Unvaccinated students who are unmasked are more likely to become ill because theyare more likely to have been exposed to larger amounts of virus.• The exposed student should not remain in school, and instead the student shouldquarantine at home for 10 days following the exposure.They may return after day 10 if they have not had any symptoms duringthose 10 days. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for a total of14 days following the exposure.They may after day 7 if they test negative that day and do not havesymptoms. They should continue to monitor for symptoms for a total of 14days following the exposure.A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who wasalso masked in an indoor school setting, but the students were less than 3 feetapart and the student does not test daily.
Additionally, there are situations where students have been exposed to COVID-19 should not return to school: A fully vaccinated student (regardless of whether they wore a mask) who camein close contact with a COVID-positive student.• The exposed student can remain in school if they wear a mask and monitorsymptoms for 14 days after their exposure. Students who were not wearing a mask,or if they were within 3 feet when they were exposed, should test for COVID-19once on day 3, 4, or 5 after their last exposure to the COVID-positive student. If theexposed student tests positive, then the student should isolate and followdirections from their local health department.A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who wasalso masked in an indoor school setting, so long as the students remained atleast 3 – 6 feet apart.• The exposed student can remain in school if they continue to wear a mask, but theyshould monitor symptoms for 14 days following the exposure.A student who was masked and exposed to a COVID-positive student who wasalso masked in an indoor school setting, but the students were less than 3 feetapart and the student tests daily.• The exposed student can remain in school if they wear a mask. They shouldmonitor symptoms for 14 days and test daily before coming into the schoolbuilding for the 7 days following the exposure. They should continue to monitor forsymptoms for a total of 14 days following the exposure.• The exposed student should work with their school district and local healthdepartment to determine options available for daily testing. If the student cannotcomplete daily testing for 7 days following the exposure, the student should notremain in school and should follow the guidance below.
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