Officials with the South Gibson School Corporation said Friday that students of Gibson Southern High School would be returning to in-person instruction as of Monday, Feb. 15.
According to a statement released Friday, students of the high school will be returning to in-person classes under the new Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.
Under those new guidelines, state health officials say a positive case of COVID-19 in the classroom no longer requires students/teachers in the classroom to quarantine and that no contact tracing is required either, but only so long as masks have been worn in the classroom at all times and individuals in the class have remained at least three feet apart at all times.
While the state health department's latest guidance allows for the removal of quarantines and contact tracing entirely, South Gibson School Corporation Superintendant Dr. Stacey Humbaugh says the district will still have some requirements in place.
According to Supt. Humbaugh, students and teachers will maintain a three-foot distance from one another while in the classroom. While at lunch, choir, band, and extra-curricular activities, students must maintain a six-foot distance to not be deemed a close contact.
Supt. Humbaugh says that students who are deemed close contacts but have no symptoms will be required to quarantine for a seven-day period. Under that provision, the student may take a PCR test on days five through seven, and if a negative test is received, the student may return to class on day eight.
According to Supt. Humbaugh, if a student instead takes the antigen (rapid) test, the test must be taken on day 8 with a negative result, allowing the student to return to class that same day.
You can view Supt. Humbaugh's full message here: https://mailchi.mp/sgibson.k12.in.us/returning-to-all-in-person