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Coronavirus Update

New CDC Guidelines for Isolation/Quarantine Related to COVID-19

On Monday, December 27, 2021, the CDC issued new guidelines for quarantine and isolation for COVID-19. Isle of Wight County Schools will be following the revised guidelines, which are posted online at /releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Below is a summary of the changes:
CDC/VDH is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive for COVID-19. This is for asymptomatic individuals (5 days from a positive test) and people with symptoms (5 days from symptom onset) as long as symptoms are resolving. The 5 day isolation is then followed by 5 days of strict mask use when around others. Students returning on day 6 of quarantine must be able to wear a well fitting mask over their nose and mouth throughout the school day. If they are unable to do so they will need to complete the full 10 days of quarantine at home. Students with symptoms must also have noted improvement of symptoms and be able to participate in a full day of school activities.
The recommended quarantine period for those exposed to someone with COVID-19 has been updated:
  • For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and have not received a booster shot, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who have received their booster shot do NOT need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after the exposure.
  • For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for COVID-19 at day 5 after exposure.
If symptoms develop, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if your child has COVID-19 symptoms, someone in your child’s household has COVID-19 symptoms, or someone in their household tests positive for COVID-19. Contact your child’s school as soon as possible to make them aware of the situation.
IWCS will continue to implement mitigation measures in all schools, including wearing a mask and maintaining distancing where/when possible. We ask everyone to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings and the community.
On August 12, Governor Northam announced an emergency health order which mandates all individuals aged two or older to wear a face mask when indoors at a public school, regardless of vaccination status or physical distancing.   To comply with the new measure, all Isle of Wight County Schools' students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while in a school building. 
Exceptions to the mask requirement include:
  • Individuals eating, drinking, or sleeping;
  • Individuals exercising or using exercise equipment;
  • Any person who is playing a musical instrument when wearing a mask would inhibit the
    playing of the instrument (e.g., wind or brass instrument) so long as at least six feet of
    physical distance can be maintained from other persons;
Additional exceptions are listed in the emergency health order.
Thank you to all of our employees, students, and families who have been adhering to the safety measures we have in place. 

We are hopeful that continuing our current practices will help keep our schools open and safe for our students and staff. Our students need to be in school, even with the restrictions in place, and we thank you and everyone in the community for helping us make it happen.

The ESSER 3.0 LEA ARP Plan is the ESSER 3.0 Spending and Monitoring Plan that was reviewed at the School Board Meeting on July 8, 2021.  The Return to Safe-In Person Instruction outlines our plan for ensuring student safety and reducing virus transmission in the fall.
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