K-12 School Guidance
CDC has updated isolation and quarantine recommendations for the public. MCOPH has adapted updated isolation and quarantine requirements effective Tuesday, December 28, 2021. For more information visit the CDC’s Quarantine and Isolation site.
Montgomery County is currently experiencing a high level of community transmission, and mask-wearing continues to be an effective strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19–particularly in settings in which individuals are not vaccinated. At this time, Montgomery County Office of Public Health encourages schools to continue to require mask-wearing as recommended by the CDC.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) plan have aligned practices and policies for safely operating schools with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) in collaboration with Montgomery County Superintendents have developed recommendations for the Montgomery County School community to prevent disease transmission in the school environment.
- 2021-2022 School Year: Montgomery County COVID-19 School Guidance (updated 1/11/2022)
- For data on school district level of community transmission, please visit the Montgomery County COVID-19 Data HUB. School district level of community transmission will be updated on the COVID-19 HUB on Wednesday.
- MCOPH Public Health Advisory: Updated Interpretation of CLIA-Certified Point of Care Antigen Test
COVID-19 School Exclusion Chart (English) (Updated 1/24/2022)
*NEW* Guidance for Prioritizing Contact Tracing (Issued 1/11/2022)
Mask to Stay
Mask to Stay (MTS) allows staff and students who are exposed to COVID-19 in school or in the community, and who are asymptomatic to continue to attend school with required mask-wearing at all times when around other people for ten days after the date of exposure. If an individual cannot wear a well-fitted mask at all times during that 10 day time period, the exposed individual cannot participate in MTS, and must complete standard quarantine. MTS applies to Covid-19 exposures that occur in and outside the school setting but does not include household exposures.
Test to Stay
Test to Stay (TTS) is a tool in a layered COVID-19 prevention strategy that allows individuals who are identified as a close contact to a case of COVID-19 and who remain asymptomatic to continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities in a modified quarantine while committing to a testing cadence. Individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive in TTS are directed to isolate. Individuals who do not participate in TTS will be required to quarantine for 5 days in accordance with standard requirements from PADOH. TTS for ONLY for staff members who have completed their primary vaccine series and has not receive a booster if eligible, and that were exposed to COVID-19 by a household member (household exposure).
COVID-19 Reporting to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health
Effective January 3, 2022, the MCOPH will be moving to an aggregate reporting system for COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. Updates to this process will be made available soon. Please direct any questions to MCSchoolsCovid19@montcopa.org.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CODE
PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
PA HEALTH ALERT NETWORK
SPORTS GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS
Unvaccinated HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS
Unvaccinated household contacts may require further investigation, by either OPH or school officials, to determine dates of quarantine.
Unvaccinated household contacts are able to start quarantine from the last date of exposure only if the following conditions are met:
- If the sick person is staying in their own bedroom
- If the sick person is using their own bathroom
- If the sick person is not leaving their bedroom to do anything else with other family members (e.g. eat meals, watch TV, etc.)
- If the sick person is not caring for anyone else in the house (e.g. a sick parent who still needs to care for their children)
If the above conditions cannot be met, then quarantine will be until 5 days after the positive is released from isolation. Masks must be worn on Days 6-10. If a person is unwilling or unable to mask, the quarantine will be until 10 days after the positive is released from isolation.