CDC releases new COVID-19 guidelines for schools; no longer recommending the test to stay in schools


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students and teachers who are exposed to COVID-19 no longer need to self-quarantine as long as they have no symptoms. Under the new recommendations, the biggest change, student staff and teachers who come into contact with someone with the virus will no longer have to self-quarantine. They can stay in school, which means less disruption. But they should wear a mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5 as a precaution. The CDC also removed recommendations that children from different classrooms avoid mixing. Social distancing is also no longer recommended. Currently, three of the largest parishes in the New Orleans metro area are not making any changes to their COVID-19 guidelines. NOLA Public Schools released the following statement on the new CDC guidance: “NOLA Public Schools is pleased to see the CDC’s revised health guidance that prioritizes the education of our academics along with quarantine recommendations. Our schools have sufficient resources to protect and respond to the instance of COVID-19 and NOLA-PS urges schools to continue to use district-provided resources to test those exposed. These resources include testing weekly and 25,000 antigen tests that were distributed to our schools prior to the start of the school year at Jefferson Parish Schools announced that they are generally waiting for the state to enact further changes before implementing them.” Over the past two years, we have learned a lot. When the pandemic started, there was no playbook for our school system,” said Jefferson Parish Schools Leader AJ Pethe. “We have studied the changes and are working with our health care partners to see how it will affect us.” Dr. Leron Finger with Children’s Hospital says that while cases are still prevalent in Louisiana, the new guidelines stem from declining hospitalizations for COVID-19 across the country. “I think that ‘It’s always going to be school absences when students and educators test positive for COVID,’ Finger said. “St. Tammany Parish Schools issued the following statement on the new information: ‘Our district’s COVID guidelines continue to prioritize health, safety and wellness. e of our students and employees while maintaining an optimal environment for students to learn. We have had a great start to the school year and are excited to welcome our students back,” said Superintendent Frank Jabbia. are currently reviewing them to determine future policy and practice. We plan to release additional information next week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students and teachers who are exposed to COVID-19 no longer need to self-quarantine as long as they have no symptoms.

Under the new recommendations, the biggest change, student staff and teachers who come into contact with someone with the virus will no longer have to self-quarantine.

They can stay in school, which means less disruption. But they should wear a mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5 as a precaution.

The CDC also removed recommendations that children from different classrooms avoid mixing.

Social distancing is also no longer recommended.

Currently, three of the largest parishes in the New Orleans metro area are not making any changes to their COVID-19 guidelines.

NOLA Public Schools released the following statement on the new CDC guidelines:

“NOLA Public Schools are pleased to see the CDC’s revised health guidance that prioritizes the education of our scholars along with the removal quarantine recommendations. Our schools have enough resources to protect and respond to the instance of COVID-19 and NOLA-PS strongly recommends that schools continue to use district-provided resources to test those exposed. These resources include weekly testing and 25,000 antigen tests that were distributed to our schools prior to start of the school year.

Leaders of Jefferson’s parochial schools have announced that they generally wait for the state to pass further changes before implementing them.

“Over the past two years, we’ve learned a lot. When the pandemic started, there was no playbook for our school system,” said Jefferson Parish Schools Chief AJ Pethe. “We have studied the changes and are working with our healthcare partners to see how it will affect us.”

Children’s Hospital Dr. Leron Finger says that while cases are still prevalent in Louisiana, the new guidelines stem from declining hospitalizations for COVID-19 across the country.

“I think it will always be school absences when students and educators test positive for COVID,” Finger said. “But I think large-scale quarantines and entire classes away for an extended period of time are a thing of the past.”

St. Tammany Parish Schools released the following statement on the new information:

“Our District’s COVID guidelines continue to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our students and employees while maintaining an optimal environment for students to learn. We’ve had a great start to the school year and are excited to welcome our students back,” said Superintendent Frank Jabbia.

The statement from the Archdiocese of New Orleans said:

“The Department of Catholic Education and Religious Formation has received the new guidelines and is currently reviewing them to determine future policies and practices. We expect to release additional information next week.”

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