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New Quarantine Guidelines

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On 10/8/2020, State Superintendent Dickson announced the following recommended adjustments to the state's quarantine guidelines. This new guidance is exclusive to exposures occurring at school. 

According to the new guidelines, "A student, teacher or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:

  1. The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
  2. The quarantined students, teacher or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test result must be from at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.
  3. The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19."

It's important to note, this only applies to exposures that occur at school. Community, social, household and other types of exposures are still subject to the 14-day quarantine requirement.

Weber School District will begin following the state's new guidelines beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 (The start of 2nd term). The guidance does not apply to staff and students who are currently in quarantine.

It will be the responsibility of a student's parents to complete certain steps before a student will be considered eligible to return to school under these new guidelines. This includes completing all necessary paperwork, having their child tested, and submitting required documentation to the school's Point of Contact (POC). Testing will need to be done at an approved testing site since the district does not administer COVID-19 tests. 

As a reminder, if it can't be verified that the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask during the exposure, the quarantine period will not be adjusted and will remain at 14 days.  

Although there may be times when masks aren't required under the public health order like during lunch, recess, PE, sporting events or other extracurricular activities, any student who is identified as potentially exposed in these situations where masks aren't being worn, will not be eligible to return early from the 14-day quarantine period. 

The district is in the process of hiring additional Point of Contacts (POCs), to assist our school nurses with the contact tracing process. Many of these new POCs should be place by November 2nd. This is part of the reason for the delay in implementing the proposed changes.

If a student, teacher or staff member is identified as potentially being exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the school environment, they will be contacted by a representative from the school who will inform them of the quarantine requirements, including the criteria outlined above.

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