In Classroom Settings
Updated Dec. 30, 2021
Ohio Department of Health updated its quarantine guidance Dec. 30, 2021. Those guidelines include:
- If you test positive test: Stay home for at least five days. You may return after five days if symptoms have ended.
- If you are close/direct contact to a case outside of school and you are fully vaccinated: You can continue to attend school, test on the fifth day after exposure.
- If you are close/direct contact to a case outside of school and you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated: You should stay home for five days, test after fifth day, return if negative.
- If you are close/direct contact to a case in school (regardless of vaccination status), you are eligible to participate in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play protocol and remain in school as long as you are asymptomatic.
Fully Vaccinated: means you have received both the first and second dose of the vaccine within the last six months or the booster. You are also exempt from quarantine if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.
Eligibility to participate in mask to stay/test to play is contingent on the exposure being in the school setting or school-related activities. This does not apply to household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting or school-related activities. (K-12 Schools Quarantine Alternative - Mask to Stay, Test to Play, Dec. 30, 2021)
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 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 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.
*Testing can be completed with PCR or antigen tests. Testing must be proctored/observed by someone and cannot be an over-the-counter, at-home test that is self-administered without a proctor.