Posted Date: 01/07/2022
ADH Updated Guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation
On January 6th, 2022, The Arkansas Department of Health updated its guidance for schools based on revised CDC guidelines. Below you will find the new response levels for on-site learning which includes the new guidance for isolation and quarantine for individuals who have tested positive and those individuals who are considered probable close contacts.
The school is in the process of contacting parents of students that have been affected by these changes. Please be patient as this process may take a few days to complete. We hope to have everyone contacted by the end of the day Monday, Jan. 10th. Please feel free to call Melinda Pounds at 870-642-4272 if you have any questions or if you feel these changes have affected your child. We once again ask you to refrain from sending your child to school if they are not feeling well.
Isolation is required for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. This person is required to:
● Stay home for at least 5 days
● If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after
5 days, you can leave your house (return to school).
● Continue to wear a mask around others through the 10th day
If you have a fever, continue to stay home for 24 hours after the fever has resolved.
PROBABLE CLOSE CONTACT/QUARANTINE
An individual who has likely been within 3 feet (6 feet, if childcare) for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
● Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
● Wear a well-fitting mask through the 10th day after contact with a person who has COVID-19.
If you are unable to wear a mask, continue to quarantine for 10 days.
● Monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms occur self-isolate and get tested.
WHO SHOULD QUARANTINE
If you are considered a close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:
● You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccines, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
● You are age 18 or older and received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received the recommended booster dose
● You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
WHO DOES NOT NEED TO QUARANTINE
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine:
● You are ages 18 and older and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including a booster and additional primary shots for some immunocompromised people
● You are ages 5-17 years and completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.
● You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (PCR or Antigen Test)
OTHER EXCEPTIONS TO QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
1. Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to quarantine if the exposed individual has no symptoms and both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
2. If at least 70% of staff and students are fully vaccinated in a school, individuals in the school (not district) are not required to quarantine.
An individual who has completed at least 5 full days of at-home isolation or quarantine may participate in activities provided they are able to properly mask during that activity for the remainder of the 10-day isolation or quarantine period.
**Interscholastic athletic activities may be subject to additional health and safety protocols adopted by the Arkansas Activities Association.
If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, you should complete a full 10-day quarantine/isolation.