CPS to continue following health department quarantine guidelines

Columbia school superintendent Peter Stiepleman said during a board work session on Thursday the district will keep following local health department quarantine guidelines.

The state last week put out more relaxed recommendations, saying close contacts of virus cases in schools don’t have to quarantine if everyone is wearing a mask. Boone County’s guidelines still recommend quarantines for all close contacts.

“When we look at whether or not schools are super-spreaders, the answer is schools are a reflection of what is happening in our community,” Stiepleman says. “If the community numbers are going up, we’re likely to see more positive cases and more quarantines in our schools. And when that happens, staffing is absolutely impacted.”

Most CPS students are learning online-only until mid-January. Some Career Center students were still learning in-person, but they switched back to virtual on Thursday because of staffing issues related to illness.

(This story was last updated at 6:27 a.m. Friday.)

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