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Brief Update Regarding Quarantine Rules
April 27, 2021
Dear NCPS Community,
The guidelines from the CT Department of Public Health and the Governor's Office regarding quarantines have evolved recently, and we have been working hard to swiftly, safely, and appropriately align our approach.
Our current procedures, including any updates, are below. Documentation of negative COVID-19 test results should be sent (either in person or via email) to your school nurse's office as appropriate.
1) Individuals identified as close contacts to confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 are required to quarantine from school and other activities for 10 days symptom free, unless (a) they are fully vaccinated or (b) they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
2) Individuals required to quarantine are expected to refrain from participation in athletics for 14 days. However, we are now permitting students to return to athletics after 10 days with a negative PCR test taken on or after the eighth (8th) day of quarantine. We anticipate that this change will be universally implemented by New Canaan youth leagues as well.
3) Individuals who are quarantining are permitted to "break" their quarantine for medical needs, including vaccination. Therefore, students who are currently quarantining may participate in tomorrow's clinic at NCHS as long as they remain symptom-free and follow all mitigation strategies (masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc.).
4) Students participating in out-of-state, overnight tournaments (24+ hours) are expected to quarantine at home for seven (7) days after returning provided they receive a negative COVID-19 test taken between days 3 - 5. Without testing, students are expected to quarantine for a full 10 days upon return. Exceptions from the mandated quarantine are individuals who are fully vaccinated and/or those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days, provided they remain symptom-free.
5) As has always been the case, individuals who are required to quarantine are expected to refrain from all activities that could put others at risk, such as activities with others outside of the home, and should strengthen mitigation strategies within in the home to help protect family members.
6) When determining the length of quarantine, it is important to note that the date of potential exposure is considered "Day Zero." For example, someone potentially exposed on April 1st has fulfilled the 10-day obligation for quarantine after April 11, and can resume activities on April 12 as long as they remain symptom-free.
It is energizing to see our students back on the fields, courts, and track, enjoying themselves as they experience all that our programs have to offer. We remain committed to doing everything possible to keep our schools and programs safe and open/available. By working together, I'm confident we'll be able to provide our students with wonderful and memorable experiences all spring long!
Next week I look forward to providing an update on end of the year activities and other exciting upcoming events. For now, I hope this information regarding adjustments to our quarantine protocol is helpful.
Enjoy the beautiful weather!
Bryan D. Luizzi, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
New Canaan Public Schools