New state school quarantine guidelines are complicated
Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued new guidance on how schools should handle quarantining students exposed to someone with COVID-19. They’re both complicated and conflict with many districts’ own policies.
Under the new recommendations, exposed students should be allowed to remain in school as long as they are fully vaccinated or both the exposed student and the person who tested positive were masked.
In either case, the exposed student should be monitored for COVID symptoms and be tested for the virus.
If either the exposed student or the person who tested positive were unmasked, then it’s a different set of rules. The exposed student should stay home for seven days and return after a negative COVID test, or stay home for ten days.
That conflicts with the quarantine policies being used at many school districts.
Kalamazoo Public Schools requires exposed students to quarantine for ten days if they are unvaccinated, while vaccinated students don’t have to quarantine.
Portage Public Schools’ policy is to have all close contacts of a person who has COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days regardless of vaccination status.
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