On January 4th, the CDC announced an update to the recommended duration of quarantines and isolation periods.
The guidance now defines an isolation period as days 1-5 with a return to school/work while wearing a mask days 6-10. The CDC issued the guidance update based upon closely monitoring emerging science, infectious periods, vaccine/booster effectiveness, and the Omicron variant.
113 studies conducted across 17 countries show the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early on (1-2 days prior to symptom development) and subsides substantially within a few days of symptom onset. Omicron, the now dominant variant, has a much shorter incubation period (2-4 days) and a reduced likelihood of causing severe disease.
Shorter isolation/quarantine periods help people “return to work and focus on individual and social well-being.” - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19
CDC’s Updated COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Guidance:
Under the new guidance, a person can come out of isolation after 5 days if they are feeling better/fever-free for 24 hours and wear a mask for the 5 days following.
- In a school setting where masks are not currently required, bringing students back in this capacity would be an exceedingly difficult staff obligation and one we are not equipped to successfully implement.
- Under the new guidance, a person returning to school for days 6-10 would not be required to test but simply wear a mask, meaning that person could still be positive but able to return unknowingly.
Dassel-Cokato Schools is working to return students and staff as quickly as is safely possible and, as such, will require a negative antigen test in order to utilize the reduced isolation period. Testing is only required if you wish to return in the reduced isolation period. Those not wishing to test will complete the full 10 day isolation period.
For more information please see the Safe Learning Plan 2021-2022