On Wednesday during Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's COVID-19 update to the state, Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box shared some updated guidance for schools in the Hoosier State.
Dr. Box says that as of Monday, quarantining and contact tracing will no longer be required in schools due to a positive COVID-19 case, under the following conditions.
According to Dr. Box, data from individual schools in Indiana and across the US indicate that it's rare for student infections to occur from exposure in the classroom when all parties are masked. Box says that data shows only some 3% to 5% of COVID-19 infections occur in classrooms.
"We've weighed all of this data as well as the burden that a 14-day quarantine and contact tracing have placed on our school systems," Dr. Box said, explaining the reasoning behind the changes.
"I want to emphasize that this is for the classroom setting only," Dr. Box said. "It does not apply to lunch, athletics, band, orchestra, choir, or any other school setting where students may gather - nor does it apply to classrooms in which students have been allowed to remove their masks."
You can hear more from Dr. Box on the new classroom changes by clicking here.