On Monday, December 27th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), changed the rules for quarantining for positive cases and exposure. Scientists working with the Omicron variant have discovered that only five days of isolation with five days of strict mask use after is deemed safe. Per District policy, M-A teachers and students are required to take 10 full days away from school before they can return. Teachers may be able to return in five days in the future due to a shortage of substitute teachers. 

What to do if you test positive:

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone should…
  • Stay home for five days.
  • If, after five days, you have no symptoms or symptoms start to resolve, you can leave your house.
  • Keep wearing a mask for five days after symptoms stop.

For exposures, the CDC still recommends five days of isolation, with five days of strict mask use after for those who are unvaccinated and/or not boosted. For those who are boosted, isolation is not needed, but 10 days of mask-wearing is recommended. As always, a test is recommended for the fastest turnaround. The test is most accurate five days after exposure. 

Knowing what to do if you’re exposed:

If you are boosted or have received your second vaccine within the last 6 months,
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day five, if possible.
If you are not boosted, received your second vaccine over 6 months ago, or unvaccinated,
  • Stay home for five days.
  • Wear a mask for five days after staying home.
  • Test on day five, if possible.
If you develop symptoms at any point,
  • Stay home.
  • Take a COVID-19 test, if possible.

Jackson Williams is a senior and in his first year of journalism. He enjoys writing about sports and events impacting students and the community at M-A. He plays baseball for M-A and spends time with friends in his free time.

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