The Connecticut Department of Public Health has released updated COVID-19 guidance for PreK-12 schools regarding quarantine, isolation, testing, and contact tracing policies and procedures.
The document was developed in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education and is based on the updated guidance that was released by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention on December 27, 2021. This update outlines a set of optional policy and procedural changes that school districts may choose to implement at this time.
These options refocus the resources currently available to PreK-12 schools for COVID-19 prevention toward those activities most likely to reduce the risk of transmission and in consideration for quarantine and isolation for individuals testing positive for or exposed to someone with COVID-19.
This guidance reinforces the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s three-pronged approach to fighting this virus – vaccination, masking, and testing. These simple steps are crucial in decreasing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.