New “Test-To-Stay” Protocols Might Replace Quarantine For Students

New “Test-To-Stay” Protocols Might Replace Quarantine For Students

Students from Marietta schools who were considered close contacts of an infected person had to quarantine for 10 days. Now the schools have a new approach that allows close contacts to go to school, as long as they are asymptomatic and test negative for seven days.

More and more school districts are attempting to maintain most children in the classroom to avoid disturbing their parents’ working lives. The resource-intensive method, also referred to as “stay tests” or altered quarantine, enables children who were exposed to COVID to continue in school, while doing frequent school-typical Coronavirus testing and taking other measures.

Specialists believe that youngsters who are virus-infected should quarantine themselves at home, but there is a difficulty in what to do with their fellow students. Enabling kids exposed to COVID to stay in school poses a possible danger of spread and the CDC warns that they do not have sufficient data to justify this strategy. It suggests alternatively that close connections who have not been completely immunized should be kept in quarantine.

“At this time, we do not recommend or endorse a test-to-stay program. However, we are working with multiple jurisdictions who have chosen to use these approaches to gather more information,” declared the CDC.

The criteria for CDC indicate that a single case of COVID may drive a dozen or more kids out of school, especially in classrooms where pupils are not vaccinated, masked, or socially separated. New York city standards for schools are considerably stricter and require that all unvaccinated kids isolate for 7-10 days if they contract a virus from one of their classmates. Some districts in Florida, Louisiana, Missouri and other hot regions of COVID had to isolate hundreds or perhaps thousands of children in the school year that just started.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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