COVID-19 protocols change for Worcester County School District

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md.- The Worcester County Public School District is finding new ways to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

For starters, the quarantine period has now changed to 5 days, and the district will focus on contact tracing efforts in places, such as lunch and sports, as well as identifying household contacts. In addition, they are no longer doing a daily screening tool.

Lastly, they will be hosting daily regional COVID-19 testing clinics for students and staff.

With all these changes in place, the Chief Operating and Academic Officer said they feel safe adopting these measures.

“Keeping our students and staff safe is our number one priority if the CDC is saying this shortened quarantine period is a reasonable period and we feel really good about our safety procedures,” Annette Wallace, Chief Operating and Academic Officer said. “I think it reduces an isolation period from 10 days to 5 days, so certainly that’s basically a week of schools.”

Wallace said all of the same masking guidelines are in place.

Registration for the testing events will be on their website, www.worcesterk12.org.

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