The updated Guidance for Schools was released on January 8, 2021. All Maryland public and nonpublic schools must follow the COVID-19 Guidance Schools document. This document, written by members of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), details protocols for COVID-19 spread prevention in schools. AACS follows all current orders and guidelines from the State of Maryland, the MDH, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (AACDOH), and the MSDE.
The following Q&A is adapted from the Guidance for Schools document, as well as the school's current pandemic protocols, which reflect best practices supported by federal, state, and local health and education organizations. The first three questions contain changes about quarantine length, effective immediately.
- #1 NEW: When can a student or staff person who is quarantined at home due to being a close contact of a person with laboratory confirmed or probable COVID-19 return to school?
- #2 NEW Is the shorter quarantine an option for AACS students in kindergarten and first grade?
- #3 NEW When can a student or staff person who is quarantined at home due to being a close contact of a household member with laboratory confirmed or probable COVID-19 return to school?
- #4 How will contact tracing be conducted in the school if a student, educator or other school staff member tests positive for the COVID-19 virus?
- #5 If a student, educator, or other school staff member has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 or has COVID-19-like illness, how long should they be excluded from work or school?
- #6 If I am vacinated, do I have to quarantine after out-of-state travel or exposure to a person with a medically confirmed case of COVID-19?
- #7 Does AACS accept a negative rapid test following travel out-of-state for clearance to return to work or school?