Effective immediately, the Roaring Fork Schools will implement a shortened quarantine period for those exposed to a confirmed case of Covid. Students will now quarantine for 10 days, shortening the previous quarantine period by four days. Staff will now quarantine for 10 days without a negative Covid test or for seven days if they get a negative Covid test five to seven days after the exposure.
This shortened quarantine comes from Garfield County Public Health, which revised its quarantine protocols to better align with the new guidelines issued by the CDC in December that shortened the recommended quarantine period. Although the Roaring Fork Schools have schools in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, going forward, the district will implement Garfield County Public Health’s quarantine protocols in all schools to ensure consistency and prevent confusion. The district remains committed partners with all three counties.
“We know that quarantines cause disruption for everyone in our schools. Our hope is that this shortened window will provide some relief,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “But it’s still critical that everyone continue to do their part to keep Covid out of our schools to minimize quarantines as much as possible.”