BCS modifies COVID protocol to allow shorten quarantine with negative test

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Kids masked in the classroom (Photo: Sydney Bouchelle/WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools has released an update on their protocol for those who have believed to be exposed to COVID-19.

Beginning Monday, students and staff who do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have a negative test can return after seven days of quarantine.

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The modification was made in collaboration with Brunswick County Health Services.

What is the 7 day option?

  • Asymptomatic people can return to school 7 days from last date of exposure with a negative test obtained no earlier than day 5 from last day of exposure (may return on the 8th day).Test must be either a PCR/antigen test from a provider or laboratory.
  • Home tests can not be used to return from quarantine earlier.
  • Beginning on the 8th day at school, the person must wear a mask until the full 14-day period is complete, including sports activities.  If an individual is unable to wear a mask due to a medical exception, then they must continue to do the full 14 days of quarantine.

According to the district’s COVID dashboard, there are 178 active cases as of Friday morning.