LDH adopts CDC’s new quarantine period

New COVID-19 quarantine period

The following information is from the Louisiana Department of Education:

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Health today adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently updated guidance that allows people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, or as few as 7 days with a negative test. The following statement is from State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley.

“We support the decision of the Louisiana Department of Health to align guidance with the updated recommendations made by the CDC. It’s important that our schools are open and functioning properly.

The LDOE and our school leaders will continue to work alongside health officials to mitigate the spread of the virus. Thanks to the work of our educators, we have been able to avoid widespread closures. Our schools have not been found to be “super spreaders” of this virus and we’re thankful for this. We believe continued adherence to our mitigation efforts such as group sizes, face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing are critically important. We must remain vigilant until this pandemic ends - especially now during the holiday season.

I also want to share my continued appreciation to the entire team at the Louisiana Department of Health for supporting the LDOE and our 1,700 schools through this global pandemic. I believe our work and our collaboration could be a model for the rest of the country.”

The Louisiana Department of Education is working with the Louisiana Department of Health and other medical professionals to update guidance that will be available online at louisianabelieves.com.

“Once we realized that our students that were healthy, and our employees that were healthy were being quarantined for that long and they weren’t getting the virus, we were like okay, lets go see if we can get some relief,” said Wes Watts, Superintendent of Wes Baton Rouge Parish Schools.

“There are certainly some students who thrive well in a virtual environment. But for the most part, we see our students do much better if they are in-person so that’s what we’re striving for, to get those students back,” said Dr. Jason Fountain, Superintendent of Central Community School System.

“Just a lot of class time that our kids would get back, those that are healthy and have no reason not to be at school. Then there are extracurricular activities. We’ve had football players, basketball players, miss ball games that you know, you only get so many of those in your high school career,” said Watts.

“You know these students have to be asymptomatic as well which we understand. First and foremost, our number one priority is the safety and security of our staff and students, but we think this is going to be a good thing for our students and staff,” said Foutain.

A spokesperson with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System says, “The East Baton Rouge Parish School System met with the Region II Medical Advisory Board today to discuss the latest CDC and LDH guidance. District leadership is reviewing additional information early tomorrow (December 8) morning and will provide an update as soon as possible.”

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