Schools can often use tests to keep students in class after being exposed to someone with Govt-19 disease, federal officials say, adding that some educators and parents have adopted a strategy to keep children out of home isolation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its guidelines for K-12 schools. Test for stay. The CDC said frequent screening of students after exposure to someone with Covit-19 could help control the spread of the virus while maintaining face-to-face learning.
“Election-stay-election is a public-health practice that encourages our children to attend school,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walenski.
He said the policy should be implemented with routine testing, wearing a mask, monitoring the close contact of a positive case for symptoms and other preventive measures such as staying home if a student becomes ill.
Many schools have adopted this strategy over the past several months, before the CDC approved the practice An alternative to forced isolation Policy to keep students at home for up to 10 days for children with known Govit-19 disease.
About a dozen schools in the nation’s 100 largest school districts have implemented the stay test, said Bree Dassault, head of the Center for Rediscovering Public Education, a Seattle – based research organization that monitors school responses to Govt-19. That number has increased since the beginning of October when five districts used it.
“I would not be surprised if more districts follow this approach in the new year because districts are preparing for more potential epidemics in their community due to Omicron,” he said.
In the same 100 districts, less than half have to vaccinate some or all of their staff. Detroit’s public school district this week made it mandatory for all staff to be vaccinated by Feb. 18.
The CDC has issued two statements highlighting the usefulness of the stay test when implemented in conjunction with other preventive measures. The vaccine against Govt-19 is the primary protection for all those eligible, officials said. The CDC reiterated that all children 5 years of age and older should be vaccinated and that adolescents 16 and over should take a booster shot at least six months after their last dose.
Following the Illinois Department of Public Health’s offer of an option for schools to stay for exams this fall, Lake County, Ill. A report reviewed the cases in. Ninety schools signed up, and the school was attended by 97% of eligible students affected by Govt-19 disease. Of the approximately 1,000 close contacts who participated, only 16 students completed a positive test, the CDC said.
No one was sent to other contacts at the school, but some spread the virus to their family members, resulting in nine additional cases. Researchers estimate that the program saved more than 8,000 live school days.
The second report tracked test-stay-gold in Los Angeles County, where half the school districts allowed the rule and one in five public schools participated. Covid-19 rates did not increase in schools that implemented the stay test, while non-participants lost days in the classroom.
Many K-12 schools have been diagnosed with epidemics and more cases of the Omicron variant have been diagnosed across the US, with a few colleges and universities believing that many K-12 schools will avoid further barriers to learning. Distance learning has been restored Booster vaccines are also needed in the midst of a sharp increase in Govt-19 cases on many campuses.
Under most test-stay-gold programs, children are tested for Govit-19 daily or every day after contact with a positive patient. Students will be sent home only if they have symptoms or the test is positive, rather than being isolated for a long time.
While the CDC said staying in the test was an effective alternative to home isolation, officials noted that some schools, especially those with limited resources, may find it difficult to implement the policy. Schools, for example, may not have evidence that students can be up to 6 feet apart without a mask during lunch, which makes them ineligible to stay for testing under certain programs. Some reported shortages of test materials, making students and staff access the test off-site.
Many schools in Los Angeles County cited evidence-related reasons for not enrolling, including staff challenges and the ability to monitor mask use.
The CDC said the data on test efficacy may vary for areas with low vaccination rates and areas with high COV-19 spread.
-Douglas Belkin contributed to this article.
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