Annapolis, MD (Arundel.News & AAFA)- Anne Arundel County Schools updated its COVID isolation period requirements for students and staff on 1/5, following new information from the CDC and the county's Department of Health. The new protocol will follow the former 10 day quarantine requirement for students who test positive. AACPS noted that this might cause some confusion for families who had previously been told there would be a five day quarantine. Staff members may return to work following a 5 day isolation period if they don't have any symptoms or a fever. According to the AACPS website the COVID protocols page is being updated as the CDC and health officials in Anne Arundel County modify their direction on isolation recommendations.
 
More details from AACPS below:
 
"Following conversations with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, we are revising the isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19. Such students must isolate for 10 days, with no option to test out early. This change is being made due to the fact that students eating lunch unmasked are unable to be isolated from one another.
 
COVID-positive students may return to school settings after 10 days as long as they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours. They do not need a negative test to do so and they do not need to mask in indoor public settings except where required. NOTE: Masks are required by state regulations in all schools.
 
COVID-positive staff must isolate for five days and may return after that time as they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours. They do not need a negative test to do so and they do not need to mask except where required (such as in a school).
 
Those who are quarantined by the Department of Health or any other agency must do so for five days. They can return to the school setting as long as they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours but must mask in all public indoor settings (including schools and athletic activities) for an additional five days after their return. They do not need a negative test to return to a school setting.
 
Students or staff who become symptomatic at home or who are sent home from school with COVID-like symptoms must get a negative test or an alternate medical diagnosis and be asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Without a negative test or an alternate medical diagnosis, such persons must isolate for 10 days.
 
This change came about mid-morning today and some families with COVID-positive students had already been informed of a five-day isolation. In accordance with the above, that isolation period has been extended to 10 days. Schools will make the appropriate adjustments in the isolation period.
 
Regarding those living in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, these household contacts:
• do not have to quarantine if they are vaccinated and asymptomatic.
• do have to quarantine for five days if they are unvaccinated and asymptomatic.
 
They may return after five days as long as they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours but must mask in all public indoor settings (including schools and athletic activities) for five days.
 
• do have to quarantine and get tested if they are symptomatic, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. With a negative test, they may return after five days as long as they are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours but must mask in all public indoor settings (including schools and athletic activities) for five days."

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