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Updated COVID Guidance:


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its COVID-19 guidance on Monday, March 13, 2023. The primary change from a school's perspective relates to isolation and quarantine guidance for the general public, which affects students in TK-12 settings. Individuals infected with COVID-19 may now leave isolation after Day 5 if their symptoms are not present or are mild and improving, provided they have not had a fever within the past 24 hours and are not taking fever-reducing medications. If a fever is still present after Day 5, isolation should continue until 24 hours after the fever resolves. This aligns the CDPH with guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and also ends a recommendation to test in order to leave isolation before Day 10. It is still recommended that infected individuals remain masked for 10 days unless they have two sequential negative tests, one day apart. Please note that school staff and volunteers still fall under the Cal/OSHA non-emergency regulations. The CDPH’s guidance on face masking will be based on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels. When in doubt or if guidelines conflict, the county’s health department recommends following the strictest guidance.

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