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Maine Dept. of Education announces significant changes to student quarantine policies

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The Maine Department of Education introduced significant changes Thursday to its policies for what college students and employees ought to do in the event that they take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 or are uncovered to an individual with the virus.The revisions come days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced shorter quarantine and isolation occasions as Maine college students and employees put together to return from Christmas break.Under the brand new guidelines, college students and employees will not be thought-about a “shut contact” if they’re uncovered to somebody with the virus in an out of doors setting or on a faculty bus, as masks are required on Maine faculty buses.Also, any student or employees member who participates in its native pooled testing program will not want to quarantine if they’re uncovered to a optimistic case, regardless if that publicity occurs at college or in the neighborhood. Previously, college students had to quarantine if they’d been uncovered to somebody with COVID-19 in the neighborhood, regardless in the event that they take part in pooled testing.Isolation and quarantine intervals will even be shortened in accordance with U.S. CDC tips for individuals who take a look at optimistic for COVID-19.Department officers are nonetheless recommending common masking inside all faculty buildings and buses, regardless of somebody’s vaccination standing.

The Maine Department of Education introduced significant changes Thursday to its policies for what college students and employees ought to do in the event that they take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 or are uncovered to an individual with the virus.