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Change in Contact Tracing Procedures

Change in Contact Tracing Procedures

 

Contact tracing will still target any student who was within 6 feet of a known case (NOT PRESUMPTIVE, either laboratory-confirmed or clinically diagnosed only) for longer than 15 minutes cumulative over a 24 hour period.   Contact tracing should be done for the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and through the last day of contact.

 

NEW Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of a positive case student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact

 

What this means in practice – if a teacher can confirm their students are 3 – 6 feet apart and wearing a mask, AND the infected student/teacher is wearing a mask, the student contacts-to-case do not need to be quarantined.