Schools no longer have to conduct COVID-19 contract searches, and children and staff no longer have to wear masks, effective Feb. 12, the Boone County health official said Thursday morning. , Dr. Herschell Servies.
“It’s long overdue,” Servies said of the Indiana State Department of Health’s announcement Thursday that it will lift requirements imposed on schools since the pandemic began there. two years old.
The ISDH announcement said, in part:
- ISDH no longer recommends contact tracing and quarantine in schools, although local health departments and schools may choose to continue;
- Schools no longer need to report COVID-19 case information to the state, and the state’s school dashboard will be removed.
- A negative test or doctor’s note is no longer required to return to school.
Schools are encouraged to isolate positive people for at least five days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. School districts must also report clusters of positive cases or outbreaks, or absenteeism of 10% or more, to the Boone County Health Department.
The state has issued the following isolation guidelines for schools:
- Children or staff who test positive must self-isolate for at least five full days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms, or the first day of a positive viral test for asymptomatic people.
- It is normal to return to school on the sixth day as long as the person has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the help of anti-fever medication and symptoms have improved.
- The state recommends that they wear a mask around others at home, in public and at school for an additional five days (days six through ten).
- People confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status or symptoms, should self-isolate.
Children in preschool or daycare who are exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms no longer need to quarantine. But child care programs need to let families know if a child or teacher tests positive so parents can be diligent in looking for symptoms that indicate their child should stay home.
“This is great news,” Servies said. “They said local health departments may still recommend masking at local schools, but I will recommend that they follow new state guidelines.
“The state isn’t changing anything for the corrections system or nursing homes at this time, but it likely will soon.”