Loudoun County Public Schools announced that the school district would be reducing the number of days partially or unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 would be expected to quarantine, from 14 to 10 days, according to a Friday press release.
In a statement released by LCPS Friday, superintendent Scott Ziegler said that based on what he called "an extremely low number of student cases, we will continue to follow the Virginia Department of Health guidance, which allows for shorter quarantine durations ... in K12 schools to allow prioritization of school attendance."
As of Saturday morning, LCPS' COVID-19 data dashboard was reporting 107 active cases of the disease among students, as well as 216 students in quarantine.
Ziegler went on to say in the statement that “For a lot of children and their families, quarantining for 14 days is a hardship, economically and in regard to their mental health. This is especially true in grades kindergarten through six, where students are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.”
He presented the idea of a reduction in the number of quarantine days for students exposed to COVID-19 at an LCPS school board meeting on Tuesday, saying that if students can demonstrate a negative test result between five and seven days of exposure, "then the student would be able to return on day seven under that option."
LCPS officials said in the statement that per these new guidelines, students currently under a 14 day quarantine would be allowed to return on day 11, provided they had no COVID-19 symptoms and had not tested positive for the disease.
Fully vaccinated students who exhibit no symptoms would not be required to quarantine, administrators said. Partially or unvaccinated students who enter into close proximity to someone with an active case of COVID-19, however, would be expected to quarantine for 10 days.