Quarantine Protocol

 
 
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Jan. 13, 2022
 
Dear Parent or Guardian:
 
We are excited to be back to school and embarking on a great 2022! Unfortunately, we also find ourselves in the thick of the Omicron variant, which in many cases is quite different from what we have experienced in the past. We continue to strongly recommend masks and will continue with many of the mitigation strategies that have been in place for some time. School districts are finding that this variant is highly contagious, behaves differently with or without mitigation factors in place, and is having very different impacts on people with very few predictable patterns. As a parent or guardian, the single most important thing you can do to assist is to make sure that you keep your child home should they not feel well. Communication and observation of how your child is feeling can have a big impact. 
 
Over the course of the last few days, there have been multiple changes to COVID protocols that we have followed very closely to determine the District’s response. Effective January 10, 2022, the MDHHS adopted new quarantine standards for students and staff (MDHHS Order). Their shift in quarantine mirrors the new CDC recommendations, which indicate that a person may reduce their quarantine to five days if they are asymptomatic or if their symptoms improve.  This shift is based on continual data collection that indicates that a person is most infectious just before symptoms begin and for the first three days after symptoms begin. On January 11, 2022, the Kent County Health Department released a Public Health Order providing local districts with specific guidance regarding COVID protocols in school settings. The KCHD health order provides several options for quarantine and isolation depending on several factors. The items below define the District’s plan for complying with the KCHD order and safely staying in school.
 
Isolation is required when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID. Isolation will be ten days for students and staff. The first day of isolation is defined by the onset of symptoms or the testing date, whichever comes first.  Students and staff can return on the 11th day. Our isolation period must remain at ten days because we do not have a universal masking policy.
 
Quarantine is now five days. Quarantine begins on the date of exposure to a positive case. The student or staff member may return on the sixth day after exposure.
  • School exposure to one case = 5 days recommended quarantine.
  • School exposure to “Outbreak” (defined as three or more connected cases in a ten day period) = 5 days required quarantine.
    • Students and staff are exempt if they are fully vaccinated or have been positive for COVID in the past 90 days.  
  • Household Exposure = ten total days quarantine. Day 1-5 covers the isolation period for the household member and day 6-10 covers the five day period from last contact.
    • Students and staff are exempt from quarantine if they are fully vaccinated or have been positive in the last 90 days but must choose from one of the following options:
      1. Return immediately with a mask for the ten days of quarantine above OR
      2. Return on day 6 AND wear a mask for day 6-10.
      3. Those unwilling or unable to mask must stay home the full ten days.
We continue to trust the guidance of the Kent County Health Department. They are the medical experts entrusted to provide us with the most up-to-date data regarding public health emergencies. We are very thankful that they have provided us with options to meet our community’s needs and keep our students and staff safe. While we fully expect further clarification and guidance on this new order, we appreciate the option of safely bringing our students back to school with shortened quarantine guidelines.
 
We thank you for your time and partnership.  

The Grandville Administration Team