BATH COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Bath County Schools says that revised quarantine and isolation guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be followed for K-12 students – with one exception – the Test to Stay program will not be implemented at this time.
The Test to Stay program, announced by the CDC in December, promotes vaccination of eligible students and staff, requires everyone age two and older to wear a mask while inside of schools and facilities as well as keeping at least three feet of distance between students, screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and staying home when sick.
The aspects of the quarantine and isolation guidance from the CDC that Bath County Schools will be following is highlighted below which includes recommending that students, teachers and staff should quarantine after a close contact if they are age 18 and older and vaccinated but not boosted, if eligible or if not fully vaccinated.
Quarantining for students, teachers and staff do not need to quarantine after a close contact if they are fully vaccinated and boosted if 18 years old or older and eligible for a booster, age 5-17 and fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the last 19 days with a confirmed viral test.
Regarding isolation, the guidance recommends that students, teachers and staff who have tested positive with no symptoms should isolate for at least five days and if no symptoms are apparent, they may end isolation and wear a well-fitting mask when around others for another five days.
Students, teachers and staff who test positive and have symptoms should isolate for five days if they are fever-free for 24 hours and other symptoms are improving, then isolation can end. Mask-wearing should continue when around others for another five days. If symptoms persist for more than five days, wait until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.