40 – COVID 19 Update – January 6 – REVISED Student Quarantine Practice

January 6, 2021

As you may know, CDC revised it’s recommendation to the language below:

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 7 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. 

However, our District has decided to consider these recommendations and adjust our local practice. Oconto Falls Public Schools decided that we will have asymptomatic students quarantined from school for 10 days (regardless of negative results) and be allowed to return to school on day 11 pending they remain symptom free and remain socially distant from other students and staff. 

The return date for participation in athletics and co-curricular activities will not change from that initially indicated.  Students may attend practices and observe in a socially distanced manner once they have returned to in-person learning; however, they may not participate until the end of this longer quarantine period.

If you have specific questions, please contact the main office of the school which your student attends.

Dean R Hess

Superintendent of Schools

View original letter sent to families.