On September 29, 2020, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Polk County Health Department, and Iowa Department of Education shared changes to Iowa quarantine recommendations based on mask use by individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case. At Bondurant-Farrar, our updated guidelines went into effect on October 5, 2020. This document is intended to provide additional clarifications.
Board Approved: October 12, 2020
Updated Quarantine & Face Mask Guidance
- A 14-day quarantine will no longer be required for individuals who are considered close contacts when face coverings or masks are properly worn by both the person with COVID-19 and their close contact(s) in a public setting. This includes the school setting, but would exclude household, residential, and healthcare settings.
- Face coverings or masks must meet CDC guidelines.
- Gaiters do not meet CDC and PCHD recommendations for an approved face covering, and would require a 14-day quarantine. Gaiters will no longer be an approved face covering while on the school bus or inside a school building.
- Face shields do not meet CDC and PCHD recommendations for an approved face covering and would require a 14-day quarantine. Face shields may be worn in addition to a face mask.
- A 14-day quarantine will still be required if face coverings or masks do not have two or more layers or if not worn properly by either the person who has COVID-19 or the person(s) in close contact.
- We will continue to inform staff and parents/guardians if/when you (as a staff member) or your child (as a student) is determined to be a close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19. If the proper face mask requirements are met, then close contacts would not need to quarantine. If close contacts develop symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should not attend school.
- Individuals exposed while living in the same household will continue to be quarantined for 14 days after the last exposure to a COVID-19 positive person in the home, regardless of the use of face coverings or masks.
- This updated quarantine guidance does NOT change isolation requirements for people that are sick and/or test positive for COVID-19. People who are COVID-19 positive are to isolate from others until:
- If the COVID-19 positive person is experiencing symptoms, the person should isolate for at least 10 days from the date the symptoms started and have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and other symptoms have improved.
- If the COVID-19 positive person is NOT experiencing symptoms, the person should isolate and stay away from others until at least 10 days have passed since they had a positive COVID test.
Other Mitigation Practices
This updated quarantine guidance does NOT change other COVID-19 mitigation strategies. We encourage our students, staff, and community to practice the following strategies to prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if you do not have soap and water available.
- Wear face coverings or masks (covering both your nose and mouth) wherever you go.
- Maintain at least 6 feet (social distance) from others wherever you go.
- If you are in quarantine for COVID-19, stay in quarantine for the full 14 days, even if you test negative.
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid others until you feel well.
- If you have COVID-19 and are sick, follow the guidelines from the CDC.
- If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and avoid others while waiting for a test result.