January 11, 2022
Dear Sheboygan Area School District Families,
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has adopted the updated guidance on shortened isolation and quarantine for K-12 schools that was put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. CDC recommends a shortened isolation and quarantine period given what is known right now about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
Starting Wednesday, January 12, the Sheboygan Area School District will adjust isolation and quarantine guidelines to at least 5 days, as outlined by the CDC.
Students and staff should get tested and isolate at home when they are sick, or quarantine and get tested if they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The CDC guidance requires mask wearing as part of their shortened isolation and quarantine measures. People diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 should also wear a mask following their isolation and quarantine periods.
If someone in your household is currently quarantined and is affected by this change, please recalculate their return as outlined in the guidelines below and send them to school when appropriate. Here is a simple calculator to help: https://doh.sd.gov/covid/calculator/
If students or staff test positive:
If students or staff were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations (CDC: Stay Up To Date on Vaccinations):
Please note, students and staff also have the option of choosing a 10 day isolation, if that is preferred or recommended based on your personal situation.
If students or staff were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination, or had COVID-19 within the past 90 days (CDC: Stay Up To Date on Vaccinations):
Please visit the CDC webpage on Quarantine and Isolation for detailed definitions, guidelines, and frequently asked questions.
Please continue to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep sick children home. We appreciate your support.
Seth A. Harvatine
Superintendent of Schools
Sheboygan Area School District