What is the new exception for close contacts in a K-12 school?

posted Aug 17

The CDC issued an exception for the K-12 setting for close contacts who are wearing masks. In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the “close contact” definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically, compatible illness) in the following instances:

  • both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
  • other K–12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the K–12 school setting.

This exception does not apply to teachers, staff or other adults in the indoor classroom setting. Individuals who meet the K-12 definition of close contact will still need to quarantine.