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Missouri Updates COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Public Schools

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Missouri has updated its COVID-19 guidance for students and staff at the state’s K-12 public schools. Under an added “test to stay” option, students and workers can participate in school, sports, and extra-curricular activities if they were exposed to someone with the coronavirus who does not live with them or is outside what is considered a “higher-risk” setting. The option allows them to continue participating if they do not have any symptoms for 14 days after exposure and if they are tested frequently with negative results. The option also allows them in school during the 14 days after exposure if they wear a mask in school at all times and social distance while eating and drinking. The guidance is recommendations – local public health agencies and school districts have the final say.

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