Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lead, the St. Louis Department of Health has issued new guidance around isolation and quarantine following a COVID infection/exposure.
Starting immediately, the District will adopt the recommended five-day quarantine following a close contact with a COVID-positive person, so long as the quarantined individual remains symptom-free. (Students who are fully vaccinated and up-to-date on any eligible boosters do not have to quarantine after a close contact.)
The new guidance also provides an opportunity to return early from isolation due to a COVID-positive test after five days (versus 10) if you meet certain factors.
Since Thursday, our contact tracing team has been working very hard to interpret the changes and assess how we can best implement the new guidelines. (Students impacted since cases reported on Thursday afternoon have been given dates based on the new guidelines.)
It is important to note that the new rules apply differently to those who have been vaccinated and have received a booster as soon as they are eligible for one. Please be sure to review the most current CDC recommendations for boosters, including the recommendation for everyone 12 and older who have received the Pfizer vaccine to be boosted five (5) months after completing the primary two-dose series.
We are seeking clarification on various aspects of the changes and will keep you updated.
Once we have more information, we will update guidelines in our “Restart Plan”, including an FAQ to help answer all questions.
In the meantime, if the change affects your child going forward, your contract tracer and/or principal will work with you regarding your date of return to school using these new guidelines.
If you have questions about guidance and return dates provided to you in the context of a case that was reported earlier this week, please contact your school principal and/or contact tracer.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this ever-changing pandemic environment.