Today, the Ohio Department of Health released new quarantine guidelines for schools, which will allow students to stay in school following a documented in-school exposure to a person who is positive for Covid-19. There are two parts to the new guidelines:
Mask to Stay
Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following:
• Wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure.
• Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
• Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity).
• Students and staff may discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven
days — if they don’t develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7.
Test to Play
Asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:
• Wear a mask when able. (This includes: transportation; locker rooms; sitting/standing on the sidelines; and anytime the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity, or create a safety hazard.)
• Test on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
• Test again on days 5-7. If they are negative at this time, they will test out of
Two Important Notes:
1. The new quarantine guidelines only cover exposures in the school setting or school-related activities. Household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting or school-related
activities are still subject to the original quarantine guidelines (return after day 7 with a negative test after day 5 or return after day 10 without a test).
2. All Covid-19 tests used to reduce the period of quarantine and/or participate in extra curricular activities must be proctored and can not be self administered without a proctor. Each school has a supply of tests which include proctoring directions. Questions can be directed to our district nurse via email at [email protected]