On February 23, 2022, the rules for COVID are changing.
The IDOH opened their webinar with this statement, “While universal case investigation and contact tracing during the initial phase of the pandemic was justified as the phases of the pandemic evolve, public health experts agree that this degree of response is no longer optimal.” Although Covid-19 is not going away, we are at a point where we have been released of some protocol which allows us to make the following changes. As of February 23rd, we are no longer required to:
Contact Trace - BCS will no longer notify families of students who have been in close contact with the virus through school or school sponsored activities. BCS will no longer report positive Covid cases to the local and state health departments.
Social Distancing in the Classroom - BCS will no longer be required to social distance in classrooms and lunchrooms.
Quarantining - BCS will no longer require students to stay home if a member of their family has Covid or if they have been exposed at school.
Masks are welcome, but not required. This is at the student/parent discretion.
Some protocol has not changed. If your student tests positive, he/she should stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days (day 0 is the day symptoms began or the date of the positive test if asymptomatic). People in isolation may return to school on day 6 as long as they are fever free (without fever reducing medication) and symptoms have improved.
I know these are welcome changes for all; however, we do still need your assistance to monitor your children and keep them home if they are sick. A negative test or a doctor’s note will no longer be required to return to school. Students should not return to school unless they are fever free (without fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are resolving. We are asking our parents to be vigilant in self-screening and keeping your students home if they are ill.
Thankful for God's faithfulness and your partnership!