NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The rules for quarantining after a COVID exposure in schools is changing. The Public Education Department on Wednesday announced a revised tool kit that reduces the required quarantine from 10 days to five days to align with CDC guidelines.
People who have a COVID exposure in school now have to quarantine for five days instead of 10 as long as their symptoms are not severe. Also teachers and staff must quarantine after a school exposure if they haven’t yet received their booster shot.
The latest numbers from the state show that’s a lot of them, with only 18% reporting being boosted. On Tuesday, there were 440 confirmed COVID cases in schools.
The big focus in weeks to come will be testing especially with the Test to Stay program for exposed students. The PED is helping districts that are overwhelmed with that in addition to contact tracing.
The PED secretary told KRQE News 13 they are doing everything they can to keep schools open. On Tuesday, Santa Fe Public Schools announced the district was going virtual for a week because 360 cases last week were affecting staffing levels.
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The PED secretary says they’re already working with that district to get back open by immediately sending more test kits. “The other thing I helped him with is looking at the data in every school in Santa Fe. Do we need to close the whole district or just a couple of schools or even more so, is it just one grade level in school,” asked PED Secretary Kurt Steinhaus.
Twelve of the state’s 187 schools have reached a 5% infection rate which means they’ll have to take enhanced COVID prevention measures. On Wednesday, Los Alamos High School announced it will voluntarily go to virtual learning for 10 days with 75 active cases in two weeks. That means sports will also be halted during that time.
Schools with 5% or more.
|AGENCY||SCHOOL NAME||STREET ADDRESS||CITY||COUNTY||PERCENT INFECTIOUS WHILE ON CAMPUS PAST 14 DAYS|
|NMPED||CIMARRON HIGH||165 NORTH COLLISON AVE||CIMARRON||COLFAX||8.54%|
|NMPED||CIMARRON MIDDLE||132 NORTH COLLISON AVE||CIMARRON||COLFAX||8.89%|
|NMPED||CORONADO HIGH||1903 STATE HIGHWAY 96||GALLINA||RIO ARRIBA||5.36%|
|NMPED||DATIL ELEMENTARY||7395 HWY 12||DATIL||CATRON||5.00%|
|NMPED||ESCALANTE MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL||STATEROUTE 531 1158||CHAMA||RIO ARRIBA||5.49%|
|NMPED||JAL HIGH||100 PROPERTY STREET||JAL||LEA||9.64%|
|NMPED||LORDSBURG HIGH||501 WEST FOURTH ST||LORDSBURG||HILDAGO||7.25%|
|NMPED||LOS ALAMOS HIGH||1300 DIAMOND DR||LOS ALAMOS||LOS ALAMOS||5.45%|
|NMPED||MAXWELL HIGH||4TH ST AND PARQUE||MAXWELL||COLFAX||6.45%|
|NMPED||SAN JON HIGH||7TH AND ELM STREETS||SAN JON||QUAY||20.00%|
|NMPED||SAN JON MIDDLE SCHOOL||7TH AND ELM STREETS||SAN JON||QUAY||6.67%|
|NMPED||TAOS CYBER MAGNET||310 CAMINO DE LA PLACITA||TAOS||TAOS||5.26%|