New COVID-19 Quarantining Guidelines In Place for ACPS

Beginning today new COVID-19 quarantining guidelines will take effect for Allegany County Public Schools. Superintendent Jeff Blank at last night’s Board of Education meeting Allegany County Health Department Health Officer Jenelle Mayer provided the new guidelines. If an individual is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case they will now only have to quarantine for seven days if they take a test on the fifth day and the result is negative. If the result is positive the individual will have to continue to quarantine. The new guidance reduces the quarantine time from 10 to 7 days for close contacts of a positive case. If an individual is fully vaccinated they do not need to quarantine. If the individual does not take a test the quarantining time will remain 10 days. Superintendent Blank says it is exciting news to be able to reduce the total number of quarantining days. Meanwhile ACPS has implemented a pilot program for elementary, middle and high school to provide video recorded lessons for those students who miss class due to quarantining. Blank says they are working to provide as much support as possible to students who are missing in person instruction time due to quarantining.

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