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Anne Arundel allowing students, staff to leave quarantine early with negative COVID test

Unvaccinated students and staff required to quarantine due to a close contact with a COVID case or proximity to an outbreak can return to school buildings after seven days out of school instead of 10, if they have tested negative for the virus.

So far this year those who are unvaccinated and who have come into contact with a case have needed to quarantine away from school for 10 days. Starting Oct. 11, students are able to end that period three days earlier if they provide the system with a negative test.

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The test needs to be administered five, six or seven days after the person has been identified as a contact for them to test out early. Home tests can’t be used, the system said on its website. People who have tested positive for COVID cannot return from isolation early if they test negative.

Details on the updated policy can be found on the system’s website, www.aacps.org.

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