FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2022
CONTACT: Chelsea Wuth, 517-241-2112
LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its K-12 school quarantine and isolation guidance to reflect recent updates made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that modifies or shortens the quarantine and isolation periods to as short as five days in some circumstances.
Changes include language on isolation guidance that allow students, teachers and staff to return to school sooner after infection, under certain circumstances. Quarantine guidance is also updated, allowing students, as well as staff and teachers, to return to school sooner after a school-based exposure.
The state is committed to ensuring Michigan students and educators are as safe as possible in the classroom. When layered prevention strategies such as vaccination, masking, distancing, testing, isolation and quarantine are applied consistently, school-associated transmission of COVID-19 is significantly reduced. MDHHS continues to recommend universal masking in K-12 settings. This guidance will help K-12 schools maintain in-person learning by outlining mitigation strategies when students, teachers and staff are exposed to a COVID-19 case in a school setting.
"We always advocate for preventative measures that keep our children safe," said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. "Children of school age - ages 5 and up - are now eligible to get vaccinated, and children ages 12 and up are eligible to get boosted. In addition to masking and testing, we feel confident that schools can remain as safe as possible for our children."
Quarantine and isolation are determined by the local health department and are used as important tools to prevent the spread of disease.
Overview of COVID-19 Isolation Guidance for K-12 Schools
If you have a fever, stay home until you are fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance for K-12 Schools
These contacts should still monitor their symptoms and "Mask to Stay" for 10 days from the date of last exposure.
Students, teachers & staff should monitor for symptoms throughout quarantine period (days 1 through 10). Day "0" is day of last close contact with any COVID-19 positive student, teacher or staff. If symptoms develop, get tested.
During days 0-10 following exposure:
For the full 10 days after last exposure, avoid people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings
Test to Stay: test every other day for 6 days following the exposure and consistent and correct use of a well-fitted mask.
Mask to Stay: is the consistent and correct use of a well-fitted mask when around others and in school and public settings.
For more information, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.
To find a vaccine, visit VaccineFinder.org.