CDC Covid guidelines for schools end quarantining if exposed

As back-to-school approaches the CDC no longer recommends quarantining if exposed to the omicron virus.

Students can stay in their classroom this fall if they've been exposed to Covid, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday in an updated guidance.

The transition away from quarantining signals an end to several years of remote schooling that stunted learning and increased mental health problems.

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"The updated CDC guidance recognizes that the best place for children is in the classroom and that this can be done safely with acceptable levels of risk," Dr. Richard Besser, a pediatrician and president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said in an email. "This is essential for their social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and academic success."

As of Wednesday, the CDC no longer recommends that people quarantine after they have a Covid exposure, unless they are in high-risk congregate settings, such as jails, nursing homes and homeless shelters.

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