MEDFORD, Ore-- With some students in the Rogue Valley getting set to return to the class in less than a week, the Medford School District has informed NewsWatch 12 that quarantine guidelines have changed with the institution of the new mask mandate.
According to Dr. Bret Champion, MSD's Superintendent, students who are wearing masks properly and were social distanced while next to someone who later is confirmed to have COVID-19 will no longer have to quarantine.
A 'huge win' as Dr. Champion described the change.
"Its the quarantining that is shutting schools down," said Dr. Champion. "Because they're aren't kids in school. If folks are properly wearing masks and social distanced, for kids, then the quarantine won't be required. That is a huge win for not only us but for our kids."
This is a big change compared to last year, where multiple schools had their students wearing masks and social distancing, but still had to quarantine them if possibly exposed to coronavirus.
Even though COVID-19 cases are surging to new heights across the Rogue Valley-- educators in the Medford School District say they're grateful that students will be able to return to the classroom full time, even if it's with masks.
"We as adults have the opportunity to say hey we were planning this but now we are doing this," Dr. Champion said. It's great that we are back in person and we are planning great things for our students starting on Monday."