RCAS change quarantine policy from 14 days to 7 days for asymptomatic students
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area Schools are changing the policy requiring students having to quarantine for 14 days. The School Board decided to change it to seven days, which would allow some students to return to class sooner if they’re asymptomatic and there are no positive cases in their household.
The new policy put in place is for students who are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and no one in their family is positive but they were in close contact with someone who is positive.
The reason for the change is that the majority of the students in quarantine were not resulting in many students testing positive. 525 tests have been given to students who were in quarantine and only 15 came back positive.
“The cases that were turning into positives, it was happening within 48 hours versus 14 days,” said Katy Urban, Community Relations Manager for RCAS. “So we felt like putting our quarantine protocol down to seven days was warranted given that information, it just didn’t feel like our data warranted such a long quarantine and we know that’s really hard on students to be out of school for that long.”
School officials say having students in the classroom as much as possible is beneficial for learning and retaining information, but keeping the students and staff safe is important as well.
Sateera Thompson, School Nurse Coordinator for RCAS said, “We know that it’s better to have kids in school. It’s a safe, great place for kids, but you are right, we want to always be sure that the students safety is our highest priority.”
If someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, the student must still quarantine for 14 days.