Effective Monday, January 31, Forsyth Country Day School will reduce its required isolation and quarantine periods to align with the most recent recommendations from the NCDHHS Strong Schools toolkit. As such, FuryFlex will no longer be available on demand. Only positive COVID-19 cases and those who need to quarantine after a close contact will be allowed to FuryFlex.
The new isolation and quarantine guidelines are as follows.
Isolation for COVID-positive cases will go from 10 days to 5 days after testing positive for people who don’t have symptoms. They must continue to mask for five more days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
If the patient had symptoms, they can return to school when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
It has been at least 5 days since the first day of symptoms
It has been at least 24 hours since the person had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine)
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving and the student has been cleared by Nurse Hart to return.
Quarantine for exposure will go from 7 days to 5 days. Quarantine is not required for those who meet one of the exceptions below.
Vaccination - The person has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and is in one of the following groups:
They are 18 or older and have received their primary series AND booster, if eligible.
They are 5-17 years old and have completed a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. Boosters are not required to meet the exception for this age group.
In this case, mask well for 10 days after exposure and get tested if symptoms develop. It is also recommended that you test at day 5 after exposure.
Masked exposure - The person has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, but both individuals were wearing a mask the entire time.
In this case, they do not need to be excluded from school if masks were being worn appropriately and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person. This applies to exposures in classrooms, other in-school settings, and extracurricular activities, including athletics and school transportation.
Infection in the last 90 days - The person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
In this case, they do not need to be excluded from school if they have had no symptoms after being a close contact of someone with COVID-19. The person must continue to wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure to minimize the risk of infecting others and should get tested on day 5, if possible.
If none of the above three exceptions to quarantine apply, the person can Test to Stay. Under the Test to Stay policy, a person does not need to be excluded from school if they have had no symptoms after being a close contact of someone with COVID-19. They must continue to wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure to minimize the risk of infecting others.
In this case, individuals in a mask-required school setting do NOT need to be excluded from school after a close contact, including unmasked exposures while unvaccinated, if they have no symptoms. Individuals who don’t meet the quarantine exceptions above, such as unmasked exposures while unvaccinated (or unboosted if 18 or over), should get tested on the day of notification of exposure and as close to day 5 after exposure as possible or if they develop symptoms and must wear a mask in school settings.
Our health room nurses have the ability to COVID test students, staff, and family members with a rapid antigen test.
We hope the above policies, which move us into alignment with both the NCDHHS Strong Schools Toolkit and the CDC, help to keep our school community healthy and our students in school. As always, please keep your child home if they are ill, and please reach out to our health room if you have any questions.
Take care and be well,