As of 3/10, the Wyoming Department of Health issued new guidance for COVID-19 mitigation in K-12 schools in response to the CDC’s new metrics for measuring the risk of COVID-19 in communities and new contact tracing guidance. JCSD1 continues to work with the county and keep updates at https://jococovid.info/
The major changes include the following:
- WDH and CDC no longer recommend universal indoor masking in K-12 schools in counties in the Low or Medium COVID-19 community levels according to CDC metrics. Universal indoor masking is still recommended in counties with High COVID-19 community levels.
- CDC no longer recommends universal case investigation and contact tracing. WDH is no longer attempting to contact all cases unless they are part of certain high risk situations and is no longer routinely issuing isolation and quarantine orders. While schools can continue contact tracing in the school setting and exclusion of students exposed at school, WDH is offering another option which is to notify parents of any in-school exposure. With this second option, parents can make an informed decision about whether to continue to send their student to school or keep them home for the recommended quarantine period.
- WDH continues to recommend that individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, household contacts of COVID-19, and staff members follow CDC”s isolation and quarantine guidance.
JCSD1 continues to Highly Recommend the following:
- Stay home if you are experiencing any cold or covid-like symptoms
- Return to school or work only if your symptoms are improving and you’re fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours.
- Contact your local healthcare provider if you are concerned about symptoms you’re experiencing.
- Wash/sanitize your hands frequently!