Effective Tuesday, Jan. 18, Hastings Public Schools' COVID-19 operational plan will update to align with changing isolation and quarantine guidelines.
The Minnesota Department of Health recently updated its isolation and quarantine recommendations to mirror the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new recommendations.
Under Hastings Schools' new COVID-19 plan, students who test positive for the virus will be required to isolate for a reduced period of five days.
Isolation period begins on days zero when the student starts experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for the virus.
Students may return to school on day six if they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their other symptoms have improved.
Upon returning to school, students must wear a mask for an additional five days, regardless of the masking requirements of the building.
Students with a masking exemption or inability to wear a face-covering will need to isolate for the entire ten days, according to Hastings schools' guidelines.
In addition to getting the virus, students who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for five days and may return to school on day six if they are symptom-free.
However, if the exposure to the virus was within the student's household, that student should begin their quarantine the last day of exposure to someone with COVID-19.
If the positive person cannot separate from their household members, quarantine begins after they end their isolation. This may be after day five, or when that person stops experiencing symptoms.