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The Sioux Falls school board unanimously voted to change the rules for how students and staff should quarantine after exposure to COVID-19.

Previously, those who were identified as close contacts to a person who tested positive for the virus were required to quarantine for 14 days. Now, in some instances, including when all parties involved were wearing masks, students will be allowed to return to the classroom sooner. 

The policy changes go into effect Thursday, Superintendent Jane Stavem said. Those currently in quarantine will start receiving notices about how to proceed next, she said.

The new rules include: 

  • In a setting where everyone is wearing face coverings, any asymptomatic student or staff member who had close contact may return and monitor for symptoms in