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LDOE to follow CDC's guidance on shortened COVID quarantine

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 14:00:19-05

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley has released a statement on the updated health guidance on quarantine periods issued by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Dr. Brumley says that the Department of Education supports the decision of the LDH to align with the CDC's updated guidance. The LDOE is now working with LDH and other medical professionals to update guidance for schools.

On Monday, December 7, the Louisiana Department of Health adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recently updated guidance that allows people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days, or as few as 7 days with a negative test.

Read more here: Louisiana adopts CDC's new guidance on shortened COVID quarantining

Once school guidelines have been updated, that information can be found online at louisianabelieves.com.

Read Dr. Brumley's full statement below:

"We support the decision of the Louisiana Department of Health to align guidance with the updated recommendations made by the CDC. It's important that our schools are open and functioning properly.

The LDOE and our school leaders will continue to work alongside health officials to mitigate the spread of the virus. Thanks to the work of our educators, we have been able to avoid widespread closures. Our schools have not been found to be "super spreaders" of this virus and we're thankful for this. We believe continued adherence to our mitigation efforts such as group sizes, face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing are critically important. We must remain vigilant until this pandemic ends - especially now during the holiday season.

I also want to share my continued appreciation to the entire team at the Louisiana Department of Health for supporting the LDOE and our 1,700 schools through this global pandemic. I believe our work and our collaboration could be a model for the rest of the country."

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