Family Letter: SASD will Maintain Current Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines

January 3, 2022

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Dear Sheboygan Area School District Families,

As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines for the general public. In addition, on December 29, 2021, the CDC provided clarification for K-12 schools, which maintains our current isolation and quarantine guidelines. At this time, none of our guidelines have changed, including the guidelines for positive cases and household close contacts.

A student or staff member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to school when

  • at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms, or since the date of their initial positive test if they did not develop symptoms; and
  • if they have had a fever, at least 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
  • other symptoms have improved.

Quarantine of Close Contacts - Household members:

  • If vaccinated, quarantine is not necessary, unless symptomatic
  • Unvaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case who do not develop symptoms can shorten their 10-day quarantine by testing on day 6 or 7 following exposure to return to school on day 8. If a family chooses not to test, the child will need to quarantine for 10 days. (Their 10-day quarantine begins after the positive household contact’s isolation or when they are no longer in contact with the positive.)

Students and staff members who are symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status, will need a negative COVID-19 test to return to school. If a family chooses not to test their child, the child will need to remain home for 10 days and can return on the 11th day if fever-free and symptoms have improved. Testing is available at numerous locations throughout the district.

Vaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case may test 3-5 days after their exposure or at any point should they develop symptoms. Unvaccinated close contacts who do not develop symptoms can shorten the 10-day quarantine by testing on day 6 or 7 following exposure and can return to school with a negative test on day 8.

Please refer to the following resources for additional COVID-19 isolation, quarantine, testing, and vaccination information:

Because this is an ever-changing situation, we make every effort to stay up to date on guidance from the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health and will communicate any changes to our COVID-19 mitigation measures as soon as possible.

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

www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us

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