New Milford Interim Superintendent of Schools Alisha DiCorpo is alerting parents to a change in quarantine requirements. The state Department of Public Health last month, following a revised recommendation from the CDC, said quarantine can be shorter than 14 days.
After collaborating with the New Milford Health Department and Medical Advisor, the Schools decided to adopt these recommendations, which means most individuals will be able to return to school after 10 days of quarantine. There are a number of steps to take even after 10 days to continue monitoring symptoms and mitigation strategies.
A COVID-19 test must be a PCR test. The only exception is if an individual receives a positive antigen test, then they are assumed to be a true positive case. If symptomatic, but not tested, students or staff must remain in self-isolation for 10 days from onset of symptoms. Students/staff can return to school earlier if a note is obtained from a health care provider with a specific, confirmed alternate diagnosis.