We wanted to provide an update on changes to the COVID-19 quarantine policy for Polk County Public Schools.
It is still important for students and staff members who have COVID-like symptoms or have received a positive test for COVID to stay home.
However, the quarantine period will no longer be 10 days; it has been reduced in light of new guidance from the CDC and a new rule being proposed by the State of Florida. The quarantine period will now be five days.
Students and staff with who are positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms can return to school when one of the following criteria are met:
• Five days have passed since the day symptoms started, the person is fever-free for 24 hours and all other symptoms are improving -OR-
• A person has a doctor’s note allowing them to return to school/work before five days have passed -OR-
• A person has a negative COVID test and is asymptomatic