Walker County Schools ends mandatory quarantines for in-school exposures

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Gilbert Elementary is located at 87 South Burnt Mill Road in Walker County. The school was photographed on November 14, 2019.

Walker County Schools students who have had close contact with people with COVID-19 while in school will no longer be required to quarantine.

Administrators said the decision was made because such contacts have recently resulted in fewer school-related clusters of cases. Clusters are defined as three or more positive cases resulting from contact with a positive case.

While students won't be required to stay home, families will continue to be notified if their child has an extended exposure.

The policy only applies to exposures while at school. Any notification of a community or household close contact will still require quarantine in line with the Georgia Department of Public Health unless individuals are asymptomatic and either vaccinated or recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days.

"What we have seen through this COVID experience under omicron is that we are not seeing the level of school-connected cases," said Glen Brown, director of student services.