DPH and CSDE publish New School COVID-19 guide
DPH and CSDE publish New School COVID-19 guide

DPH and CSDE publish New School COVID-19 guide

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18/02/2022

Statement: The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education are publishing updated school guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2022

CONTACT: Chris Boyle, DPH’s Communications Director

(860) 706-9654 – [email protected]

Eric Scoville, CSDE Communications Director

(860) 424-1988 – [email protected]

HARTFORD, Connecticut – The Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education today released two COVID-19 guidance documents for use in PreK-12 school settings.

The first guidance document helps schools move towards a model of COVID-19 management that is consistent with the state’s public health approach to routine treatment of respiratory viral diseases.

The second document addresses issues to consider when considering potential changes to COVID-19 policies, including universal masking in schools or the transition to “mask optional” policies. The decision on whether masks should be required in schools can be made at the local level with effect from 28 February 2022.

By Feb. 28, school districts can expect to receive additional shipments of self-tests to distribute two sets per year. student and employee. Each set contains two tests. In schools that stop using universal indoor masking from February 28, sets should be used by all staff and students for self-testing just before the abolition of universal indoor masking. Ideally, a test should be performed at home in the morning before leaving for school on the first day, optional masking is implemented.

Given the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines, home tests, and medications, our communities may begin to transition to these updated models of COVID-19 management. This guide was shared late Friday afternoon with all districts and schools across the state’s extensive network of superintendents, school medical counselors, school nurses, local school board members, local health directors and others who make up the school’s ecosystem. The guide is posted on DPH’s website:

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