Students return to school with new COVID guidelines

MEADOW BRIDGE, WV (WVNS) – New COVID-19 guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean more adjustments for local schools.

Pupils returned to Meadow Bridge High School on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, after vacation, amid growing concerns over the latest COVID surge. The CDC issued new guidelines over the holidays that include shorter quarantines and less stringent contact tracing rules.

Fayette County Superintendent Gary Hough said teaching during the pandemic is a constant battle to keep up with the latest scientific advances.

“The COVID situation has been an ever-changing situation,” Hough said. “So to tell you that we feel confident with every move we make…I think we’re basing it on the best health advice we’re getting at that time.”

Recent changes to CDC guidelines mean that students who test positive are now eligible to return to school after five days of self-isolation. Another change is that schools that have a universal mask policy, like Meadow Bridge High, don’t have to quarantine students who interact with someone who tests positive through contact tracing as long as they wear their masks.

“If they’re masked, for the time they’re masked, you don’t have to contact the trace,” Hough explained. “The only time our students are unmasked is when they are eating. You know, then we look at their close contacts and put them in quarantine mode.

With another round of new COVID rules in schools, Hough said the most important thing students, parents and staff can do is simply have patience and follow the advice of medical professionals. as closely as possible.

“We try to keep things as normal as possible in the school setting. We don’t control the quarantine issue. We do not control the guidelines we receive, these come from health officials. So please, if they change, it’s not that Fayette County just wants to change for the sake of changing. This is because we are receiving current guidance from our health officials,” Hough said.

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