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erienewsnow.com 08 Jan, 2022 06:00 am

Georgia public school teachers who test positive for coronavirus may return to school if asymptomatic and masked - Erie News Now

Georgia public school teachers who test positive for coronavirus may return to school if asymptomatic and masked - Erie News Now
By Chris Boyette, CNN

"Students, parents, and educators have made it clear to us that they want to be in the classroom, and we are looking into many methods to continue safe, in-person learning -- including updated quarantine and isolation protocols, reduced contact tracing requirements, and augmented testing opportunities," the letter from Kemp and Toomey says.Reporting positive Covid-19 cases to the state health department is still required, but contact tracing will no longer be mandatory in schools, according to the updated agency order."We know that contact tracing has become more challenging as cases have increased in schools and throughout the community," the letter says."While contact tracing is a 'Best Practice', particularly for high-risk individuals, we understand that this may not always be possible in all cases and so can be considered as an optional service in schools at this time.

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Wednesday had posted an updated administrative order for isolation and quarantine allowing teachers and school staff to return to work after a Covid-19 exposure or a positive coronavirus test, regardless of vaccination status, as long as they remain asymptomatic and wear a mask while at work.Local school districts may still develop and follow their own quarantine and isolation requirements, according to the order.

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