The Montgomery County Public Schools system has updated its coronavirus quarantine guidance once more in an attempt to keep more children in classrooms.
The school district introduced three quarantine options Thursday that allow students to stay in school after exposure to a student who has tested positive for the virus. The three alternatives include weekly screening testing, test-to-stay and correct and consistent use of well-fitting masks, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.
Weekly screening testing started this week, with the result of fewer students needing to be quarantined, officials from MCPS said. With the test-to-stay option, exposed students will get a rapid coronavirus test each morning for five days.
The students will be allowed to participate in school as long as the rapid tests are negative every morning they are monitored. Presently, only a small number of schools are using test-to-stay option before the Thanksgiving break, WRC reported.