In a “Parent Communication” from Carroll County Public School on 10/1/21:
This communication is to inform you of changes to our COVID-19 quarantine protocols that will begin on Monday, October 4th.
Starting Monday, October 4, 2021, in settings where universal masking is in place, an asymptomatic student who is identified as a close contact to a positive case will no longer need to be quarantined. Students who are currently in quarantine will need to complete their quarantine before returning to school.
Parents will be alerted by email if their child is a close contact of a COVID-19 positive student. If parents choose to keep their child home and quarantine they should notify the school and their absence will be excused.
The school system will continue using mitigation strategies to keep our students safe, including hand-washing, socially distancing students to the extent possible, complying with universal masking, and using air purifiers in instructional spaces.
Thank you for helping to keep our schools safe by monitoring your child’s health and keeping them home when they are sick. As a reminder, each week CCPS sends a self-screening email for parents to refer to in order to determine if their child should stay home from school. If you notice symptoms, please contact your health care provider.
Carroll County Public Schools Close Contact Definition, Quarantine Exception, and Communication Plan for COVID-19 Positive Cases
Close Contact Definition
All Adults and any unmasked Students (including activities where the mask is not worn, e.g., lunch, outdoor activities, athletics)
• A close contact is a person within 6 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes within a 24-hour period starting 2 days before the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 had symptoms or 2 days before the individual tested positive, if asymptomatic.
Students Wearing a Mask
• Students who are in an indoor setting, including on school busses, are close contacts if they are within 3 feet for 15 or more cumulative minutes within a 24-hour period starting 2 days before the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 had symptoms or 2 days before the individual tested positive, if asymptomatic. *
*Exception to Quarantine
• Students who are wearing a mask who are asymptomatic will not be placed in quarantine. Should the student develop symptoms, they will be quarantined.
Students placed in Quarantine
• Efforts will be made to contact the parent/guardian by phone to share date of exposure, length of quarantine, process for testing out of quarantine, and a reminder to monitor for symptoms. If phone contact is unsuccessful, email communication will be sent.
Students not placed in Quarantine
• Close contacts who are not placed in quarantine will receive an email to inform the parent/guardian that their child was a close contact and may continue to attend school as long as they remain asymptomatic. The parent/guardian should closely monitor their child’s symptoms and will have the option to get their child tested at the CCPS testing site. In the event the child develops symptoms, the child must stay home and the parent/guardian needs to contact the school. If the parent/guardian chooses to keep their child home and quarantine, they should notify the school. Close contacts should make every effort to avoid any unnecessary contact with others (i.e., family or community events) until two weeks have passed since the date of the exposure to individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
The Carroll County Health Officer has granted this exception with the agreement to meet with the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education to reevaluate in 30 days from implementation.