Updates to the District’s Isolation and Quarantine Practices

January 4, 2022

Effective today, January 4, 2022, the District will begin to follow the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s revised recommendations for isolation and quarantine, which can be viewed at this link.

As a result, persons who test positive for COVID-19 will be able to shorten their isolation time from 10 days to 5 days when certain criteria are met. Specifically, patients who have resolving symptoms may end their isolation and return to school after 5 days. However, they must still wear a mask around others until day 10. It should be noted that the 5 days of isolation start from the onset of symptoms or, if the individual is asymptomatic, 5 days from the positive test.

Additionally, while quarantining for close contacts remains optional at this time, the recommended quarantine period has also been reduced from 10 days to 5 days, provided it is followed by 5 days of masking.

Finally, if you received notice on Monday, January 3, 2022, regarding the necessity for a 10-day isolation period for your child, your child’s isolation period has automatically been reduced to 5 days. Please contact a school nurse if you have any questions or require further clarification on return dates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to refine our practices to best serve students.