Vicksburg Warren School District’s quarantine policy explained

Published 8:00 am Friday, July 30, 2021

The Vicksburg Warren School District will be adhering to the current Center for Disease Control and Mississippi State Department of Health recommendations and guidance, which includes: 

Encouraging everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccination if eligible. 

Students, teachers and staff who become infected with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for a full 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until they are fever-free for 24 hours (or excluded for 10 days from the date of the test if asymptomatic). 

Students, teachers and staff who are not fully vaccinated and are identified as close contacts to COVID-19 should be in quarantine for a full 14 days. There are, however, additional options to the 14-day quarantine period from the school setting: 

  • 10-day option: Quarantine can end after 10 days if the individual has no symptoms during the entire 10-day period, or 
  • 7- day plus test option: If the individual has no symptoms for 7 days and has a negative test result with any form of molecular-based testing for the detection of COVID-19 RNA collected on day 5, 6 or 7 of the quarantine period, the quarantine period can be discontinued quarantine after 7 days, or  
  • Unvaccinated students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 will not require exclusion from school for quarantine if they receive any type of COVID-19 testing every two days and remain asymptomatic. At the end of 7 days, they will no longer require testing. 

Fully vaccinated students, teachers and staff will not have to quarantine or get tested if they come in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms. 

Editor’s note: The Vicksburg Warren School District announced its updated coronavirus policy Thursday evening. To read more about the details of the announcement itself, click here.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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