JENKS, Okla. — Jenks Public Schools announced they are following new CDC quarantine guidelines in the district amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials said all staff and students will be following the CDC's new guidelines.
JPS said there are two options when a student comes into close contact with a person who's tested positive for coronavirus.
Option 1: No Test
- The general quarantine period decreased from 14 days to 10 days. Those who have been in close contact with a positive case, can return to school on day 11 IF they are not showing any symptoms.
Option 2: Test for possible shorten quarantine time
- The earliest a person can be tested is on Day 5 of the quarantine.
- The test may be a rapid test OR a PCR test.
- If the test result is negative, they may return to school on Day 8 of the quarantine IF they are not showing any symptoms.
- Students must present a copy of the test results to return to school.
Below are some questions JPS shared on their website to help families during a possible quarantine:
- What should parents/guardians do if their student is asked to quarantine?
- Students asked to quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow any other directions from their doctor or the Tulsa Health Department.
- If a student is in quarantine, may the student’s siblings continue to attend school?
- Yes. Current health recommendations do not require a “contact of a close contact” to quarantine. If the student in quarantine tests positive and the sibling meets the definition of a close contact, then health officials may require the sibling and/or other family members to quarantine.
- Can a student or staff member in quarantine return to school before the quarantine period is complete if they have no symptoms?
- No. Students and/or staff must comply with one of the two options listed above before returning to school/work.
- If a student or staff member is waiting on COVID-19 test results, should they attend school?
- No. Heath officials recommend the person being tested and their household contacts should quarantine at home and away from others and monitor their health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home.
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