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Jan. 7, 2022
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CDPHE's isolation and quarantining guidance for schools updated 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Friday updated its Pracctical Guide for Operationalizing CDC's School Guidance, incorporating the latest recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on isolation and quarantining in schools.

The guidance aligns with CDC’s new recommendations for five-day isolation and quarantine. It also clarifies that Colorado educators will have until Tuesday, Feb. 1, to receive their third (booster) doses if they have not done so already. Until that date, staff who have completed their primary vaccine series but have not yet received a third dose may return to work following exposure if they obtain a negative test and wear a
well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after exposure. They should get tested
again on the fifth day after exposure. Additionally, staff will be considered up to date
with COVID-19 vaccinations immediately after they have received their third dose;
they do not have to wait 14 days after vaccination.

The new guidance also clarified the definition of and special considerations for Early Care Education and added a definition of the Test to Stay program, which will be operationalized
Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Additionally, CDPHE will be releasing updated communications tools soon to help districts communicate about the new guidance. 

For more information or questions regarding the school guidance, contact

Past editions of the CDE Update, and all COVID-19 special editions, are available on our website. Visit the COVID-19 Resources for Schools webpage for additional resources.
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