The New Hampshire Health and Human Services Bureau of Infectious Disease Control recently updated their COVID-19 quarantine guidance for schools along with the travel guidance update. We are hopeful that this guidance will help us keep more students in school if a positive case arises. The guidance states that NH DPHS will no longer recommend quarantine for students or staff after a positive COVID-19 exposure if that exposure occurs in the classroom setting where students and staff are seated at least 3 feet apart with consistent and correct face mask use. What is important to note about this guidance is that it only applies to controlled and monitored classroom settings. Recess, the school bus, PE class, and other times when students are not seated with consistent mask use are not included in this guidance. There may still be a need to exclude staff and students from school in some cases. It is also still possible for students or staff to be quarantined for out-of-school exposure as well.
As a reminder, the new travel guidance no longer requires quarantine upon return to NH after domestic travel (regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status), this includes domestic travel to U.S. territories. People who travel internationally or on a cruise ship are still required to quarantine upon arrival to NH, unless diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection in the prior 90 days or fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This means that students and staff who travel within the United States will no longer need to quarantine upon returning to New Hampshire.
In light of some of these recent changes, we have updated our Return to School Protocols (see link below). The changes are in RED, on pages 6-10. If you have any questions regarding this guidance or our protocols, please don’t hesitate to contact the school.