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The Indiana Department of Education has updated its guidelines to help school officials and parents decide how schools can reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nearly 2,000 students and school employees in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 so far this school year, according to new data from the Indiana State Department of Health released Wednesday.

And that number doesn’t include those who are quarantining due to being close contacts of someone who tested positive, whether that person was at school or elsewhere.

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But knowing which students should stay home to stop the spread of the coronavirus when isn’t always easy. Here are five things families need to know:

CDC guidance sets the tone.

The state department of health follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it comes to