Yesterday, Florida's new Surgeon General issued a new Rule regarding students and COVID-19 quarantines. In accordance with the rule, a parent or guardian of a child who has been exposed to a person infected with the virus will still be notified by a school official. If the student shows any COVID-19 symptoms, they must stay home as outlined in the rule. Free COVID-19 testing is available at local pharmacies and the Lake County Health Department. However, if the exposed student has no symptoms, parents or the legal guardian can opt to quarantine the exposed child, without penalty for being absent, or to allow the exposed student to attend school without restrictions. Students that test positive for COVID-19 are still required to quarantine and will not be penalized for being absent. With the new rule, a child currently under quarantine, but not positive for COVID-19 and showing no symptoms, can return to school if decided by the parent or guardian. Lake County Schools is encouraging parents to regularly monitor their child’s health for any COVID-19 symptoms and if present they must stay home as outlined in the rule. Additionally, the school district recommends that all students exposed to COVID-19 wear a mask for seven to ten days when they return as a precautionary measure.