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DC Schools to Relax Some COVID Protocols Ahead of First Day
DC Public Schools will relax some of its coronavirus protocols to align with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, system leaders said during a back-to-school town hall on Thursday.
Students and employees who are exposed to the virus will need to quarantine only if they show symptoms, officials said. Schools will also stop conducting daily health screenings when children arrive on campus, instead shifting the responsibility onto parents and guardians to check for symptoms. Masks will remain optional in school buildings, leaders said.
However, DC schools will continue to enforce measures including “test-to-return,” which requires students and staff to show proof of a negative coronavirus test on the first day of school. Officials introduced the policy last academic year amid an Omicron variant surge.
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