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COVID Update Jan. 3, 2022

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ACS Families and Staff Members,

We hope you all had a wonderful winter break. We are looking forward to seeing everyone back for in-person learning this week. As a reminder, universal masking is still in place inside our school buildings. Masks remain optional outside.

We wanted to update our community about changes to the StrongSchools Toolkit regarding isolation and quarantine protocols. Based on the updated guidance from the CDC, the newly adopted protocols are as follows:

  • Staff and students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, and do not have symptoms should stay home -away from others- for five days but can then return to school but must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) for an additional five days.
  • If staff and students test positive and have symptoms, they should stay home-away-from others- until it has been at least five days since their symptoms started, AND they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), AND their symptoms are improving. They can then return to school, and they must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) for the next five days.
  • Staff and students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are not vaccinated OR are vaccinated but not received a booster, if eligible, should stay home away from others for five days. They should test on day five if possible. They can return to school but must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) for five additional days.
  • Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 who are vaccinated and have received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors) for ten days.

Finally, a reminder that if masks are worn consistently and correctly in school settings by both a person who ends up testing positive for COVID-19 and a close contact, the close contact does not need to quarantine, regardless of whether they are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.

This applies to exposures in classrooms, other in-school settings, and school transportation but does not apply to exposures during extracurricular activities, including athletic activities.

Thank you for allowing us to care for and educate your child!