Updated Quarantine Guidance - 1.4.2022

 

Colonial Heights City Public Schools will continue to follow a 10-day isolation period for students who test positive for COVID-19. While the CDC has suggested a five-day isolation period followed by five days of strict mask use for positive COVID-19 cases, the additional mitigation strategies in the CDC recommendation required, such as maintaining social distance during days 6-10, are not feasible for students in an educational setting.

Staff who test positive will be required to complete at least a 5-day isolation period (based on symptoms and medical clearance) followed by five days of strict mask use.

After the required isolation period, those who have tested positive may return to school if they have been free of fever for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication and symptoms are improving. In general, close contacts who are fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, AND the booster if eligible) do not have to quarantine when exposed to COVID-19 if they do not have symptoms, but must adhere to strict mask use with a well-fitting mask for 10 days following exposure.  If symptoms occur at any time, the close contact would need to quarantine immediately.

Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated must now quarantine for five days followed by five days of strict mask use.  If symptoms occur at any time, the close contact would need to quarantine immediately.

Any close contact who has a mask accommodation or is unable to wear a mask must quarantine for 10 days regardless of vaccination status. At this time, a negative test result is not required to return to school following the isolation or quarantine period.  We will continue to review the CDC guidelines for any updates to testing requirements.Household exposure to a positive case. Those who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine when exposed within the household, but must adhere to strict mask use with a well-fitting mask.  If symptoms occur at any time, the close contact would need to quarantine immediately.

Those who are not fully vaccinated and unable to have complete isolation from the positive case must quarantine for the 10 days of isolation of the positive case, and an additional 5 days of quarantine.  Those individuals may return after 15 days if they do not have symptoms. If an individual is able to have complete isolation from the positive household case, they would only need to quarantine for 5 days from the last date of contact with the positive case, and then adhere to 5 days of strict mask use with a well-fitting mask.

 

As a reminder, we offer free testing for our students and staff which includes: (1) a weekly screening option and/or (2) diagnostic testing for anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or if exposed to someone with the virus.

Testing is voluntary, completely free, and offered during the school day. We urge you to please consider participating in these testing options, as it is an important tool available to us to keep our school community healthy and our schools open.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about these options for your child, please click on this testing sign-up website or feel free to contact your child’s school.  Weekly testing will resume the week of January 10, 2022.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our school community.

Colonial Heights Public Schools, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, January 5 from 3-7 PM at North Elementary cafeteria.  This clinic is open to the public.  You may walk-in or sign up for an appointment here.

 

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