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Montgomery Co. school system reverses strict COVID-19 quarantine rules

Montgomery Co. school system reverses strict COVID-19 quarantine rules
After hundreds of students in Montgomery County were quarantined in the first two weeks of the new school year, officials say they are doing away with the strict guidance thanks, in part, to the rollout of a new rapid COVID-19 testing program.

5 FM After hundreds of students in Montgomery County, Maryland, were quarantined due to potential coronavirus exposure in the first two weeks of the new school year, officials say they are doing away with the strict quarantine guidance, thanks in part to the rollout of a new rapid COVID-19 testing program.Rapid tests are one part of a five-part plan announced by interim Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Monifa McKnight this week after a rocky start to the school year.” However, council lawmakers also had tough questions for school officials and county health officials for what was seen as a flat-footed approach to the start of the school year.” Hucker responded, “It sounds a little bit like I think to many people’s ears that there was some complacency over the summer and [officials were] not focusing on preparing as early as possible for the school year and for the worst possible scenario.

Use of the rapid tests requires parental consent, but that can now be given over the phone, officials said.Schools started using the rapid tests Monday, and they’re already helping keep students out of unnecessary quarantines, officials said.

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