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During a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Asa Hutchinson, in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health, announced changes to the COVID-19 Protocol for K-12 schools.

This change is limited to the school setting.

The definition of a close contact in a school setting has changed from within six feet for 15 minutes to within three feet for 15 minutes.

There are three exceptions that do not require a close contact with a COVID-19 case to go into quarantine.

1. Fully vaccinated. If a person is fully vaccinated and is exposed to a positive case, they are not required to quarantine.

2. 90-day immunity. If a person is in their 90-day immunity window from having been positive and they are exposed to a positive case, they are not required to quarantine.

3. Proper mask wearing. If both a positive case and a close contact are properly masked during the exposure period, the close contact is not required to quarantine.

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