When to quarantine: the student guide


Livy Maillet, Editor

Many students throughout the past and presently have often brought up questions regarding when to quarantine if a classmate is diagnosed with COVID-19. “At first, I didn’t understand why I was one of the only people in my class quarantined. It seemed like everyone came in close contact with the student who had it, and I guess this is why being hybrid is very tricky to maintain,” Lily Nurthen, a senior who was recently quarantined, said.

This week, Ms. Levek sent out an email regarding how and when to quarantine by stating “If students are within 6 feet of each other for 15 minutes or more, they are considered close contacts and must quarantine.” In other words, if a classmate had COVID and you have been within close proximity of them during class time, quarantining is the best option to stop the spread of the virus. This email was sent out on account of the recent uptick in COVID cases in the high school and community; as such, many parents and students have been worried about the possibility of coming in close contact with someone who has contracted the virus. If it is necessary for a student to quarantine, the school will send an email home to alert the student.

It is also written in the email that the Whitefish Bay High School is trying it’s best to space out students as much as possible in classrooms- in a typical room “students do not have anyone in front, behind, or on either side of them” in order to maintain social distancing.