JPS Adopting New CDC Quarantine Guidelines
JPS Parents & Guardians,
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new quarantine guidelines. JPS will follow these guidelines for all student and staff quarantines. Please read the following information carefully.
There are two options for quarantine if your student has been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual. The contact tracing team at your student’s school site will discuss these options with you if your student is determined to be in close contact.
Option 1 - No Test:
The general quarantine period has decreased from 14 days to 10 days. Those who have been in close contact with a positive case, can return to school on day 11 IF they are not showing any symptoms.
Option 2 - Test to Possibly Shorten Quarantine Duration:
a. The earliest a person can be tested is on Day 5 of the quarantine.
b. The test may be a rapid test OR a PCR test.
c. If the test result is negative, they may return to school on Day 8 of the quarantine IF they are not showing any symptoms. .
d. Students must present a copy of the test results to return to school.
The CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. The CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed.
Click the link to view full quarantine details from the CDC website.
If you have questions about these new quarantine guidelines, please contact your student’s school site.
What should parents/guardians do if their student is asked to quarantine?
Students asked to quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow any other directions from their doctor or the Tulsa Health Department. (CDC quarantine guidance)
If a student is in quarantine, may the student’s siblings continue to attend school?
Yes. Current health recommendations do not require a “contact of a close contact” to quarantine. If the student in quarantine tests positive and the sibling meets the definition of a close contact, then health officials may require the sibling and/or other family members to quarantine. (CDC quarantine guidance)
Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school before the quarantine period is complete if they have no symptoms?
No. Students and/or staff must comply with one of the two options listed above before returning to school/work.
If a student or staff member is waiting on COVID-19 test results, should they attend school?
No. Heath officials recommend the person being tested and their household contacts should quarantine at home and away from others and monitor their health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home. (CDC waiting for test results guidance)
***A student DOES NOT need to quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Proof of a positive test must be submitted. If the positive test occurred beyond 90 days from the date of close contact, the student must quarantine using one of the two options listed above.***
Learning During Quarantine
JPS is committed to providing a high standard of instruction to those students in quarantine and to helping all students succeed during their time away from the classroom.
Your child will not be counted absent during the quarantine period. They will be expected to continue with their class assignments. They will access assignments through Canvas, and teachers will also use other digital tools to provide support while the student is in quarantine. Teachers will set aside time each day to respond to student questions. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have specific questions about their classes, and please contact your child’s principal with any other questions or concerns.
In certain cases, it is possible for an entire classroom to be quarantined. If this occurs, the teacher and all students in the affected class will pivot to distance learning for instruction.