CCPS updates some COVID-19 guidelines this month, revising other existing restrictions – Charles County Public Schools – Community News
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CCPS updates some COVID-19 guidelines this month, revising other existing restrictions – Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is updating some of its COVID-19 operating procedures related to quarantined students and spectator capacities at indoor events. These updates will take effect this month as CCPS continues to work with both local and state health departments to monitor public health conditions and COVID-19 data.

The school system is also reviewing COVID-19 operating procedures to potentially expand field trips, adjust student lunch schedules, add additional indoor events and expand the volunteer program to allow more visitors to schools. CCPS shares all operational updates as determined.

New quarantine procedures for exposure to COVID-19 start on November 22

Effective Monday, November 22, there are new quarantine guidelines for student-to-student COVID-19 exposure in preschool through grade 12. The new guideline supports additional personalized instructional access for students exposed to COVID-19 if the exposure to certain meets the criteria.

New quarantine criteria

  • If a preschooler through grade 12 is exposed to a positive COVID-19 student in a classroom or on a school bus and wearing a mask, the student does not have to go into CCPS quarantine. Parents are encouraged to have their child tested five to seven days after exposure, or if their child begins to show symptoms.
  • If an unvaccinated student has had a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 90 days and is re-exposed within that 90-day period, the student does not need to be quarantined.

No other CCPS contact tracing or quarantine processes will change. CCPS will continue to quarantine students exposed at school during times when masks are not worn, such as at dinner or during recess, unless they are fully vaccinated. Parents may be asked to verify their child’s vaccination status.

Students exposed to COVID-19 outside of a CCPS classroom, during extracurricular activities or athletics, at home or in the community must still be quarantined. Parents of students exposed outside of the classroom should continue to report to their child’s school if their child has been exposed to a person who is COVID-19 positive. Vaccinated students do not need to be quarantined, but parents should consider testing their vaccinated child five to seven days after exposure.

CCPS is updating its quarantine guidelines for classroom exposure after the Maryland Department of Health and Maryland State Department of Education shared amended school quarantine guidelines earlier this month. The new criteria are highlighted in the CCPS Standard Operating Procedures published on www.ccboe.com.

Indoor event capacity goes back to 100 percent November 29

Effective Monday, November 29, CCPS will return to its normal 100 percent spectator access capacity for high school extracurricular activities, such as athletics and the performing arts. Any spectator or visitor to a CCPS building must wear a face mask. During most of November, CCPS limited the capacity of indoor high school events to 50 percent through controlled ticket sales.

Chief Inspector Maria Navarro said the recent quarantine and capacity updates support a gradual return to school experiences for students and staff.

“We continue to work with our health partners to monitor COVID-19 cases and local and state data. In recent weeks, CCPS has seen a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases from exposure to classrooms or buses. With a COVID-19 vaccine now available for most school-age children, CCPS will continue to look at resuming as many normal school-related activities and opportunities as possible. We will remain flexible in adjusting our operating procedures as health conditions require. We continue to encourage our employees and families to talk to their doctors about vaccination options,” said Navarro.

Since the start of the 2021-2022 school year on August 30, CCPS has quarantined approximately 991 students and only about 2 percent have tested positive for COVID-19. The updated student-to-student quarantine guidelines are contained in the most current version of the CCPS COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) document posted at www.ccboe.com.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools offers 27,000 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that provide technologically advanced, progressive, and quality education that builds character, equips you for leadership, and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities, or employment practices. For questions, contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (Students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (Employees/Adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building , PO Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations, call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks before the event. CCPS provides non-discriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its rules for the use of facilities to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, Boy Scouts).

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