Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Information
14-Day Quarantine of Close Contacts
New guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health was given last week in light of the discovery of the “UK variant” strain B.1.1.7 of COVID-19 being identified in PA. Individuals who are *close contacts of this more infectious strain of COVID-19 are recommended to quarantine for 14 days rather than 10 days due to its increased infectivity. Without the ability to know who has this variant strain, and knowing a 14-day quarantine remains the "gold standard", Mifflinburg Area School District will require a 14-day quarantine for all students and personnel who are identified as close contacts of COVID-19. This will provide the best protection for our school and community from becoming a vector of spread. Your patience and understanding during these challenging and rapidly changing times are appreciated.
*A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 during their infectious period for 15 minutes or more. Additional factors can influence the decision to identify an individual as a close contact and are at the discretion of the PA Department of Health in cooperation with involved school administrators and nurses. The infectious period begins 2 days prior to symptom onset and ends 10 days after symptom onset (IF symptoms are improving and individual is fever free for 24 hours without medication)*
Please stay safe and be prepared
Our return to in-person learning this week is going well. Thank you to everyone for your flexibility and perseverance in maintaining safe environments and safe practices. It is our goal to maintain in-person learning as much as we can from this point forward. It is for this reason that we really need to emphasize our continued diligence with mask-wearing, social distancing, and adherence to regular hygiene practices throughout our facilities and in our activities. The imperative of following these practices also extends beyond our school day and school environments so we are best able to perform our work. Please remain attentive to these efforts in and out of school to stay safe and healthy.
Daniel R. Lichtel
Mifflinburg Area School District