School Districts to Defy New State Policy on Student Quarantines

Multiple Oklahoma school districts say they won’t adopt a new state policy allowing students and staff to skip quarantines.

Within hours of the policy’s announcement Tuesday, school districts in the metro area — including Oklahoma City, Norman, Midwest City-Del City and Mustang schools — said they wouldn’t waver from existing protocols.

Others across the state — such as Edmond, Stillwater, Owasso, Yukon and Broken Arrow — declined to change their quarantine rules until they could review the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s written guidelines.

Many noted the new guidance contradicts recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC advises anyone exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for at least 10 days.

The new policy gives schools that enforce mask wearing and social distancing the choice to exempt students and employees from quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 at school.

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