SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– As the State of Missouri continues to fight off the spread of COVID-19, schools are still determining what should and shouldn’t require a student to quarantine.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, Missouri Governor Mike Parson provided some updated guidance on that front.
According to Parson, if two individuals at a school come in contact with one another while one is positive for COVID-19, the other person shouldn’t be required to quarantine if both they and the infected person were properly wearing masks.
The Governor still encourages you to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask at all times, if you came into contact with an infected person. The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to quarantine.
“Schools that are consistently implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies remain among the safest places for our students,” Gov. Parson said. “We believe this change will lead to more schools encouraging proper mask usage, helping to further protect students and educators from the spread of the virus.”
Springfield Public Schools (SPS) released a statement about Governor Parson’s plans:
“SPS is closely monitoring today’s announcement that guidance related to the quarantine of those in the K-12 learning environment will be modified when both students and staff are appropriately masked. Once this new quarantine guidance is officially released and all appropriate details are known, SPS will work closely with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department to review implications for our district. That review will determine if changes are appropriate and if so, the best time to implement any shift in our current practice. In the meantime, SPS will continue to follow our current protocols. After SPS completes its review with the health department, we will share the details and timeline of any change in practice with our staff, parents and the community.”Springfield Public Schools
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department also released a statement:
“Any changes to quarantine protocols would have significant implications for our schools and our community, and are therefore being carefully considered.”Springfield-Greene County Health Department