New COVID-19 quarantine guidance issued for Ohio schools

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Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 12:04 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health updated their COVID-19 school quarantine guidance.

The new guidelines are aimed to keep asymptomatic children at school, according to Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff.

Dr. Vanderhoff said out-of-school quarantining has had the unintended consequence of reducing in-school learning and can place an added strain on parents, schools, and local health departments.

“While vaccination and masking remain critical components of ensuring a safe school environment, to support in-school learning, we offer an in-school alternative to out-of-school quarantining for students and staff exposed to COVID-19 in school settings and during school-related activities,” he said. “Those exposed outside of school-related activities, such as in the household, should continue to follow standard quarantine guidelines.”

According to Vanderhoff, schools are not required to follow the guidelines and parents can opt-out.

Mask to Stay

People at school who have direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may remain in the classroom if:

  • They wear a mask for 14 days after the last date of exposure
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms of COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity)
  • May discontinue quarantine procedures after seven days if they don’t develop symptoms and they test negative between days 5 and 7

Test to Play

Guidance for asymptomatic athletes who have been exposed in a school environment:

  • Wear a mask when possible - not during play; can be worn on bus, sidelines, etc.
  • Test on initial notification of COVID-19 exposure
  • Test second time between days 5 and 7
  • Quarantine can end after the second negative test

Vanderhoff said the tests can be PCR or Antigen tests, but not over the counter.

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