In accordance with recent changes to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Williamson County Schools announced Dec. 8 the district will shorten its quarantine requirement for students and staff who have been exposed to the coronavirus from 14 to 10 days.

New guidelines from the district state students and staff can return to school and activities after 10 days of quarantine if they do not show symptoms of the coronavirus.

Alternatively, individuals can return to school and activities after seven days of quarantine if they do not show symptoms or can parodied proof of a negative PCR or antigen test after Day 5 of quarantine. Individuals must email test results to the district.

In both the above instances, masks are still required.

The decision to shorten the quarantine time frame was made following guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department, which issue quarantine requirements for students and other residents.

The WCHD issued a statement on the new guidance.

“The Williamson County Health Department has updated its quarantine guidelines to be consistent with newly-released Tennessee Department of Health and CDC guidance. While a 14-day quarantine continues to be recommended, an acceptable alternative is to discontinue quarantine after Day 10 and continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask through Day 14," WCHD officials said. "Other alternatives may be found on the Tennessee Department of Health’s website. The health department will not be re-issuing guidance to those who are currently in quarantine as of December 3; however, those in quarantine may elect to follow updated guidance and return to school at the appropriate time.”