GCS Updates Isolation And Quarantine Periods In Response To DHEC Requirements

Greenville County Schools has updated its processes, which took effect at the opening of school on Monday, January 3, 2022.

The update is in response to DHEC’s revised COVID-19 isolation and quarantine requirement, which shorten the time spent in isolation and quarantine.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the isolation requirement has been shortened from 10 days to 5 days if no symptoms exist or have improved. When students return to school on days 6 through 10, DHEC requires them to wear a mask. 

Furthermore, students must produce a parent note indicating that symptoms have improved and that there has been no fever in the previous 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

The minimum quarantine period has been shortened to 5 days for students who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been vaccinated. 

If a viral test is negative and no symptoms were observed during the quarantine period, the quarantine can be lifted after Day 5. Students must also submit a PCR or antigen test by Day 4.

When students return to school on Day 10, regardless of vaccination status, they must wear a mask. DHEC also recommends that students who have been exposed be tested on Day 5.

To learn more about the update, you may visit GCS’s COVID-19 information webpage and the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction document.

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