CDC Releases Updated Guidance Regarding Isolation Periods
January 12, 2022
Beginning January 18, the district will begin implementation of the CDC’s recommended 5-day isolation period for students and staff who test positive for COVID-19.
To help navigate these new changes, we have created the graphic below outlining the latest guidance.
Here are a few key points to be aware of:
• If fever free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving, individuals are eligible to return to school after 5 days of isolation, but must properly mask for the remainder of the 10-day period. (If applicable, required masking includes proper use during extracurricular activities.)
• By choosing to end isolation early, families agree to their child’s personal health information being shared with select building staff in order to implement required masking. Families should also understand that students who return early will have a designated eating area for the remainder of the 10-day period.
• Students who are unwilling to properly mask should not return before the 10-day period. Those who return early, but are unwilling to comply with this requirement will be sent home. We understand younger students will likely need frequent reminders regarding proper mask wearing.
• Individuals who are severely ill with COVID-19 should isolate for the full 10 days and consult a doctor before ending isolation. Students who return early and continue to exhibit symptoms will be sent home.
• The district is seeing an uptick in cases, corresponding with increases at the state and national level. Current active case counts can be found on our dashboard at www.bfschools.org/coronavirus.