The Crawford County Health Department released an update on December 17 regarding data used for mask optional recommendation in schools. According to the update: “Previous absenteeism rate utilized all exposures as it was not clear what type of exposure presented the highest risk in transmission. Those that were exposed at school have the option for the test-to-stay program which would then not count in the absenteeism rate. There is a subset of these students and staff who elect to quarantine at home instead of utilizing the testing program and this previously impacted absenteeism rate. This subset will no longer count towards absenteeism rate as this group presents lower risk. It is highly recommended that all in-school exposures take advantage of the testing program as there is still risk of transmission and illness.” The entire document is included below for your information.