BPS in Collaboration with Department of Health Adopt New CDC Quarantine Recommendations
December 7, 2020
Brevard Public Schools in Collaboration with Department of Health
Adopt New CDC Quarantine Recommendations
The CDC previously recommended that anyone who was exposed to the coronavirus quarantine for a term of 14 days. While the CDC still recommends a 14-day quarantine as the best way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, the agency has identified two acceptable alternatives. The CDC now says the quarantine period can end after 10 days, if the person has not developed any symptoms and can end after seven (7) days, if the asymptomatic person also tests negative for the virus.
Last Friday, the Department of Health issued their response and recommendations based on the information from the CDC. As it pertains to Brevard Public Schools, please find the new protocols listed below:
- All asymptomatic contacts to a case (showing no signs of illness or symptoms) from a SCHOOL exposure will now be quarantined for a period of 10 days and can return on Day 11 starting immediately. However, students returning on Day 11 who participate in sports or activities in which social distancing is not possible or probable, must sit out of that activity until after Day 14.
- All contacts to case due to FAMILY exposure will continue to quarantine for the period of 14 days. Parents can ask for their case to be reviewed by the DOH as part of an epidemiology interview. This review can be completed on or after Day 10.
- If an asymptomatic close contact gets a PCR (molecular) test ON DAY 6 or later and receives a negative result, they may end quarantine after completion of Day 7.
- Any parent/employee who wants to exercise the option of testing to end their quarantine period early, regardless of what kind of contact to case they are, must submit a copy of their test DIRECTLY TO DOH via fax at (321) 454-7158. The DOH will evaluate the lab and will directly communicate with the school principal if the quarantine period will be adjusted.
As always, please monitor yourself and/or your child(-ren) for any symptoms of COVID-19. If you notice any symptoms, contact your doctor or pediatrician immediately for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The best way to prevent illness is by limiting exposure to the virus.
- Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
If you have any questions, please call the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County at 321-454-7101. More information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website www.cdc.gov/covid19.