Updated Feb. 6, 2022
Students/Staff Who are COVID-19 Positive
- Students and staff who are positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be out of school for five days. These individuals may return on the sixth day if fever-free and symptoms are improving.
- Masks will be required through day 10.*
Students/Staff Who are Direct/Close Contact to a COVID-19 Positive Individual
- Students and/or staff members who have been exposed to a positive case in or out of school, but are asymptomatic, may attend school while wearing a mask for 10 days (Mask to Stay), regardless of vaccination status.
- If the student/staff member shows no symptoms of COVID-19 and tests negative in days 5-7, they may discontinue wearing the mask.*
Mask to Stay
Direct/close contacts*, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following:
- Wear a mask for 10 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)
*Direct/close contacts - Individuals who are identified as being directly exposed to COVID-19 by the positive case. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and does not require physical contact to spread. It is spread through sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing. These factors should be considered when determining level of exposure and direct contacts. Best practice for distancing is 3 ft with everyone masked, 6 ft if individuals are not masked.
**Parents and students are responsible for symptom monitoring. School nurses or staff see a child exhibiting symptoms, they should act accordingly.
Test to Play
Asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:
● Wear a mask when able (This includes while in school transportation, in locker rooms sitting/standing on the sidelines and any time the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity or create a safety hazard.)
● Test* on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19 and receive negative test results
● Test* again on days 5-7. If test results are negative at this time, the individual will test out of quarantine.
Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms
Information distributed by Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County
based on CDC Guidelines
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Each day before arriving at school, families should conduct student wellness checks, including temperature checks. Staff will also conduct wellness checks prior to coming to school.
Students or staff members with temperatures over 100°F should stay home and report the absence and reason for the absence to school.
These procedures were created following current guidance from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and the Ohio Department of Health. Procedures are subject to change based on updated guidance and orders from PHDMC and ODH.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does not currently recommend schools conduct symptom screening for all students in grades K-12 on a routine or daily basis.
Families, care givers or guardians should be strongly encouraged to monitor their students for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.
Students who are sick should not attend school.
*Adapted from Nationwide Children’s Hospital