Sarasota schools change contact tracing policy, face mask policy

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Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 9:15 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Sarasota County School District has announced changes to its contact tracing and face mask policy.

The district’s revised contact tracing protocols are aligned with guidance from the state’s newly appointed surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.

If parents or legal guardians of a student who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they can now choose one of the following options:

  1. Allow the student to attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property, without restrictions or disparate treatment, so long as the student remains asymptomatic, or
  2. Quarantine the student for a period of time not to exceed seven days from the date of last direct contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19

District officials said students who are currently quarantined due to an exposure to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic can return to school immediately.

Face masks will be optional for students and employees while they are in an outdoor environment. This goes into effect immediately.

That new policy will include all outdoor activities during and after school. Face masks are still required for students who are riding the school bus or who are inside of a school facility.

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