Following new guidance from DHEC, the CDC and local health officials, District Three will begin implementing shortened quarantine regulations for students and staff for specific situations. They are as follows:
- If a student or staff member has been around a close contact who tested positive, the student or staff member is able to come back to school after 10 days if they have had no symptoms.
- If a student or staff member has been around a close contact who tested positive, the student or staff member is able to come back to school after 7 days if they've had no symptoms AND can prove a negative test result no sooner than day 5.
- All students and staff members who are in this specific situation must continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days and are asked to self-isolate, as well as follow preventative measures such as: mask wearing, social distancing and washing or sanitizing hands.
Please note: there have been no changes when it comes to protocol for quarantining due to household contacts.
That means, if a student lives with someone who tested positive, they will still be asked to remain outside of school and eLearn for 24 days.
If you are uncomfortable with these new guidelines, please call your student's school to talk about options that will work for your family.