Courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Courtesy of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

The Montgomery County Public Schools system has eased its strict coronavirus quarantine policy amid the resulting backlash from hundreds of students being sent home in the first weeks of classes.

The revised policy says students will only be subject to quarantine if they test positive for the coronavirus or come into contact with an infected individual, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported.

The county had already quarantined more than 1,000 students and staff members during the first weeks of the school year amid numerous COVID-19 outbreaks systemwide. But many parents bristled, saying students were being sent home despite exhibiting just one symptom and without a positive COVID-19 test.

MCPS on Friday began training school district employees to use COVID-19 rapid tests in schools, in hopes of avoiding unnecessary or premature quarantines.

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