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.