ODH Guidance for COVID August 2022
|ODH is updating its guidance for Ohio K-12 schools and recommending the CDC’s general guidance to best protect Ohio’s students in the school setting. |
Because contact tracing and case investigation has shifted to focus on high-risk environments, such as long-term care facilities and healthcare settings, ODH is no longer recommending the Mask to Stay, Test to Play quarantine alternative for schools.
Instead, ODH recommends schools follow general isolation procedures from the CDC for confirmed cases.
If students or staff feel sick or suspect they might have COVID-19, they should stay home and take a rapid test. If positive, students and staff should stay home from school for at least 5 days and longer if necessary until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. Additionally, after isolation ends, students and staff should continue to take precautions as they resume normal activities by wearing a mask for 5 days (or after two negative tests 48 hours apart).
COVID Test Kids
If you are in need of a COVID test kit, please call the school nurse, Alyson Stickel at 614-718-5825 ext. 239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office keeps COVID test kits in stock and are available at no cost to students.