Changes to Quarantining and Isolation Protocols
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health is advising that school districts may apply a shorter quarantine period, reduced now to five (5) days. Based on this guidance, effective Tuesday, January 4, 2022, we are implementing a 5-day quarantine period (changed from a 10-day quarantine period) for all students and staff members. The specific guidance issued by the State is as follows:
Individuals who are even mildly symptomatic with any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 should take the following steps:
immediately isolate at home
test for the virus that causes COVID-19 with a PCR, antigen, or self-test
remain away from activities outside of the home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and other symptoms are significantly improved.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for at least 5 days, or longer if symptoms develop and persist. A mask should continue to be worn for an additional 5 days at all times when around others.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are notified that they have had a close contact with an individual who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should immediately quarantine at home and test for the virus 5 days after their last exposure to the COVID-19 case.
<NEW> HPS Is No Longer Completing Individual-Level Contact Tracing
The Department of Public Health recommends that schools should concentrate their efforts on the identification, early isolation, and clinical management of students and staff with active symptoms that could be related to COVID-19.
Based on this guidance from the State, effective January 4, 2022, HPS will no longer complete individual-level contact tracing for each positive case. HPS will, however, continue to track and monitor individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and send notifications of all positive cases. The COVID case letters will reflect the changes made to the contact tracing process going forward.