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Aiken County schools offering new quarantine options

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 8:30 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Aiken County school district is offering a new option for quarantined students to return to the classroom effective Monday.

The district will allow students who have had no COVID symptoms during their quarantine to return to school on the eighth day after the start of their quarantine with a documented negative PCR or antigen test administered with three days earlier.

Students returning early from quarantine are required to correctly and consistently wear a mask through the 14th day after the start of their quarantine and continue daily symptom monitoring. Students exempted from quarantine because they are fully vaccinated or previously infected must also wear a mask through the 14th day.

Parents of students currently quarantined who wish them to return to school at an earlier date should contact their school directly. Students may return to the classroom and full athletic participation as long as they are masked through the 14th day. The following three quarantine options are now available to both students and staff:

Option 1: Return on eighth day after completing seven days of quarantine with no symptoms and documentation of a negative PCR or antigen test collected no sooner than the fifth day.

Option 2: Return on the 11th day after completing 10 days of quarantine with no symptoms and no testing required.

Option 3: Return on the 15th day after completing the standard 14-day quarantine with no symptoms.

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