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Despite the important rebound in Covid-19 cases in virtually the entire United States, in various states of the country thousands of students returned to school this Monday, January 3, with all the measures recommended by the health authorities to avoid an outbreak of coronavirus in its facilities.
Some school districts preferred to be more cautious by extending the vacation period for a couple more days to delay going back to class, while others opted to return to online education.
Anticipating the situation that at this time of year would arise due to the Omicron variant and the winter season, last December the federal government made public some new recommendations to prevent cases of Covid from occurring in schools through some recommendations given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).
The latest CDC guide called “proof to stay” is primarily aimed at minimizing class interruptions so as not to affect student learning. One of the points in this guide is that Students who have not been vaccinated and have been exposed to the coronavirus may remain in classes, as long as they take a 2 test in the week after the possible infection and both must give a negative result.
In case the tests of students, teachers or other school personnel test positive, they will have to stay at home for 5 days. Once this period of time has passed, they will be able to return to the educational facilities, using masks rigorously and at all times for a period of 5 days.
In the event that students, teachers and other staff already have a complete vaccination schedule and booster doses and have been close to a person with Covid but your tests were negative and do not have any symptoms, they will not need to be quarantined although they do they must rigorously wear the mask for 10 days after exposure.
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