Family Letter: SASD to Follow CDC Guidelines on Shortened Quarantine and Isolation

January 11, 2022

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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:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
    • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected
  • You can return to school on day 6 if fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days.
  • Household members who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations should not attend school and should follow the exposure protocol below. Please report your child’s absence to the school office to inform them of close contact quarantine.

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):

  • Stay home for at least 5 full days
  • The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.
  • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days
  • Household close contact quarantine begins on the last day of contact with the positive household member, or after the positive household member’s quarantine is complete if unable to isolate within the household

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):

  • You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms
  • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had contact with someone with COVID-19
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days

Please visit the CDC webpage on Quarantine and Isolation for detailed definitions, guidelines, and frequently asked questions.

Symptomatic Individuals

  • Students or staff who are symptomatic regardless of vaccination status should remain home for at least 5 days.
  • Symptomatic individuals can provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to school sooner, or return on the 6th day if fever-free and symptoms have improved.
  • Healthy siblings can attend school as usual.

Additional resources:

Please continue to monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 and keep sick children home. We appreciate your support.

Sincerely,


Seth A. Harvatine
Superintendent of Schools
Sheboygan Area School District

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