Saint Benedict Academy News
Important Information for our Community
Greetings Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday afternoon, NH DHHS opted to adopt updated CDC guidelines on isolation and quarantine. Following are the most relevant changes for our school; the DHHS site is not yet updated, but please look there in the next day or so for the full guidance.
Quarantine v. isolation
- You quarantine when there is household exposure to the virus and may or may not have been infected.
- You isolate when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don't have symptoms.
Isolation for those who test positive:
- If you test positive for Covid-19 and do or do not have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. To calculate your 5 day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms or test day if asymptomatic. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.
- You can leave isolation after five full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
- You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5 day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask around others you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.
If there is household contact with someone with Covid-19 and are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine:
- Individuals who are 18 and over and have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters.
- Individuals who are 18 and over and have received all recommended vaccine doses and are not yet eligible for the booster.
- Individuals who are age 5-17 and completed the primary series of Covid-19 vaccines (booster recommended for children age 12-17).
- Individuals of any age who have tested positive for Covid-19 using a viral test within the past 90 days.
Please note that the 5 day isolation comes with mask wearing for days 6-10, which we will require here at SBA. Families are free to choose the 10 day period if they prefer not to have their child wear a mask.
Lastly, if you test positive with an at-home test and negative with a PCR, you are considered positive. Please send test results to Mrs. Houle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the situation continues to evolve around this new guidance, I will communicate any additional measures which families should be aware of. As always, please let me know if you have questions.
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