Following new recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Marion County Public Health, the Pella Community School District has now updated its COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.
The CDC still considers a 14-day quarantine for anyone who has had close contact with someone who has had the disease to be the best option to prevent the potential for spread of COVID-19. However, there are now 10- and 7-day quarantine options for parents, if all the criteria below are met:
- Symptom-free entire 10 days.
- Continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14 post-exposure.
- IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP, ISOLATE AND CONTACT MARION COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OR YOUR DOCTOR FOR TESTING.
- Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash hands, avoid crowds and high-risk individuals through Day 14 post-exposure.
- Symptom free entire 7 days.
- Negative COVID-19 test results IF the test is taken on or after Day 5 of exposure.
- Results MUST be presented to school nurse prior to return (either paper copy or electronic).
- Continue to monitor through Day 14 post-exposure.
- IF SYMPTOMS DEVELOP, ISOLATE AND CONTACT MARION COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OR YOUR DOCTOR FOR TESTING
- Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash hands, avoid crowds and high-risk individuals through Day 14 post-exposure
School policies have now been revised to reflect these new guidelines and went into effect immediately for all students in the district who weren’t already under quarantine. Those who are under quarantine must continue to follow the previously assigned quarantine procedures.
Parents who have further questions are encouraged to contact their children’s schools to follow up. For more information about the coronavirus’ impact on Pella schools, click HERE.
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