Isolation period for students reduces from 10 days to 5 days beginning March 1st

Effective March 1, 2022, CRCSD will implement a five-day COVID-19 isolation period for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19. The existing 10-day isolation period will be removed. PK-12 students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 may return to school on day six if fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and symptoms improving. These students will wear a mask at school through day 10 (remove on day 11). CRCSD encourages these students to social distance to the extent possible during breakfast and lunch. Students who choose not to wear a mask, for any reason, will continue to isolate themselves at home for the full 10-day period.

Rationale for the change is based on the following:

1. Iowa’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation ended on February 15, 2022.

2. CDC/IDPH/AAP provided new school guidance:

  • All recommend that staff and students return to school after 5 days (fever free/symptoms improving), with proper and consistent use of face masks for an additional 5 days, through day 10.
  • CDC: People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least five days of isolation are not considered close contacts.

3. Linn County data showed significant decrease in reported positive cases

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Reported Cases Seven-Day Average by Age Group:
Age 0-4: 4.1
Age 5-12: 5.3
Age 13-18: 3.7

4. CRCSD data for staff and students showed a decrease in reported positive cases

STAFF Data:

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STUDENT data

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Vaccination rates show a presence within each level:

K-5th grade (2/10/22)6th-8th grade (2/10/22)9th-12th grade (2/10/22)
Total students: 6,497
Total students w/ 2 shots: 1,487
Percent = 23%
Total students: 3,499
Total students w/ 2 shots: 1,463
Percent = 42%
Total students: 4,919
Total students w/ 2 shots: 2,571
Percent = 52%