The Connecticut Department of Public Health has updated its COVID-19 guidance for Pre-K through 12 schools.
The updates include changes to quarantine, isolation, testing, and returning to in-person activities.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Anyone who has mild symptoms with any symptoms associated with COVID-19 should immediately isolate at home, get tested for the virus with a PCR, antigen, or self-test, and stay away from activities outside the home until they are fever-free at least 24 hours and other symptoms improve.
Positive test for COVID-19
People who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for at least five days or longer if symptoms develop and persist.
A mask must continue to be worn for an additional five days at all times when in close proximity to another person.
Close contact with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19
For people who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are notified that they have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19, they should immediately quarantine at home and get tested for the virus five days after their infection. last exposure to COVID-19 case.
State officials said this is especially important in situations where prolonged high-intensity exposure may have occurred. Some examples include domestic contacts, unmasked social settings, and sports activities.
Connecticut DPH recommends that schools begin to refocus health workforce activities away from investigating exposures within the school and instead focus on the identification, early isolation, and clinical management of students and the staff with active symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.
Routine contact tracing of individual exposures occurring within schools or during school-sponsored/supervised activities may be discontinued.
According to state DPH officials, school districts that choose to discontinue contact tracing at the individual level must:
- enforce universal masking rules within the school
- take steps to ensure that in-school unmasking periods are short and as far apart as possible
- appropriately notify staff and parents/guardians when there are positive cases in the school population