In an email sent to the families of Loudoun County Public Schools students today, Superintendent Scott Ziegler said the school division will stick to its current quarantine protocols when classes resume Monday.
The policy requires people exposed to COVID-19 to isolate for 10 days.
The CDC this week issued new recommendations for a five-day waiting period for those who have been exposed to the virus but are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving without fever for 24 hours.
“Children have far less risk from COVID-19 infection than adults, but there is still risk to some children, especially those with underlying medical conditions. With the uncertainty of long-term effects of infection with COVID-19, the advent of the Delta and Omicron variants and the potential for other variants to arise in the future, it is necessary to have mitigation strategies in place,” Ziegler said in the email.
Ziegler said that after Jan. 17, after the school division would assess the impact of the COVID-19 spread over the holiday break, “if the data remains favorable,” it will likely adopt the new CDC guidelines.