Following the study of emerging data and a growing confidence in testing, CDC’s new guidance has two options depending on the situation: a 10-day quarantine that does not require testing, provided there are no symptoms and a 7-day quarantine if test results are negative, provided there are no symptoms.
While ODH has adopted the new guidance, they continue to recommend a 14-day quarantine for many citizens in Ohio.
Some school districts have opted to stay with that guidance, while others are now adopting the shortened quarantines. Below, see how some area school districts are approaching the new guidance.
Northwest: Notice of Quarantine Guidance – continuing with 14-day quarantine
“On December 4, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) updated their guidelines to include an alternative isolation and quarantine timeline. However, per their recommendation, the 14-day quarantine period for individuals who have been identified as close contacts, is still best practice and will allow families and school districts to keep positive cases lower in number. As a District, we are committed to keeping our staff and students safe. Your wellbeing is of the utmost importance.”
“We have therefore decided that as a district we will continue with our 14-day quarantine Covid-19 protocols and guidance until the end of the semester.”
Sycamore Schools to Maintain 14-Day Quarantine Periods
Sycamore Community Schools will continue to require a 14-day quarantine period for anyone who is determined to be a close contact of COVID-19 after careful assessment and in consultation with Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) and Sycamore’s Data Assessment Risk Team (DART).
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health recently released alternative options to reduce quarantine for close contacts in hopes of reducing the burden and increasing community compliance. However, the CDC is still recommending quarantine periods of 14 days as the preferred method to reduce the risk that infected persons might unknowingly transmit COVID-19 to others.
“The CDC and Hamilton County are telling us that any option to shorten quarantine duration risks being less effective than the currently recommended 14-day quarantine,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent.
“A full 14-day quarantine is still best practice.”
Mason New Quarantine Guidelines
In working with our local public health partners at the Warren County Health District, Mason City Schools families will now have four options when a student has had a close contact exposure (within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes) at school:
14-Day Quarantine: Close contact exposures quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after exposure. 10-Day Quarantine: **MCS DEFAULT OPTION** Close contact exposures quarantine for 10 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after exposure. 7-Day Quarantine with Negative Test: Close contact exposures quarantine for 7 days after your last contact with the person who has COVID-19. They must take a test on Day 5, 6, or 7. If the test is negative, on Day 8 they may return to school and activities. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after exposure. OH COVID-19 Rapid Test Pilot: Close contact exposures must be tested with the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card at school two times in week 1, and two times in week 2. If the tests are negative, they may continue to learn in class, but cannot participate in extracurricular activities until after Day 10. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19 until 14 days after exposure.
Who determines which quarantine option a student has to use?
Our school district and our local public health partners will default to the 10-day quarantine option, unless a family tells us they prefer the 14-day option. The 7-day option requires proof of a negative test.
Carlisle Local Quarantine Updates
While generally adopting the CDC and Warren County Health District guidance, Carlisle is clear that they do not recommend the 7-day quarantine.
Felicity-Franklin: COVID 19 Quarantine Guidance Change
At this time Felicity Schools are not going to adopt/implement the 7-day portion of the new guidance.
We will, however, change from the old 14-day required quarantine to the new reduced quarantine guideline of 10 days.
We are choosing not to adopt the 7-day quarantine rule because I believe the multiple expectations and testing requirements add too many layers for families and the school to manage.
Kings: CDC Makes Changes to Quarantine Guidelines
If you are being quarantined because you have been identified as being a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you have no symptoms, your quarantine can end either:
On day 10 without testing, if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring (meaning you can return on day 11). This option does not require the individual under quarantine to receive a negative PCR test. However, the individual would need to self-monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19 through day 14. On day 7, from the last close contact with a confirmed case, AND a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, 5 days after the exposure to the positive case. It is the responsibility of the person in quarantine to get a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) from a sample collected on day five or later after last exposure AND stay at home for at least seven days after last exposure. Our Kings Contact Tracer will calculate and provide you with the 5th day from exposure.
With both of these options, it is the responsibility of the person in quarantine to monitor their temperature and symptoms twice daily for the full 14 days after exposure to COVID-19.
Lakota: Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines
Beginning immediately, the quarantine guidelines below will be implemented for those who have been identified as being a close contact. Close contact means being within six feet for 15 minutes or more of a person testing positive for COVID-19.
Close contacts may return to school after 10 days of quarantine from the last date of contact; Close contacts may return to school after 7 days of quarantine if a negative test result from quarantine day 5 or later is given to the office; and Close contacts who are at risk for developing a severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to follow the 14-day quarantine protocol.
All individuals who are in quarantine are requested to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms for the full 14 day period. Please click here to review the updated guidelines.
Those students who are currently quarantined may adjust their return to school or activities accordingly.
Little Miami: Updated Quarantine Guidance
Little Miami Local Schools has now implemented the 10-day quarantine guidance, to replace the previously recommended 14-day quarantine.
Springboro: ODH & WCCHD Update Quarantine Options
Based off the approval from ODH and the WCCHD, Springboro Schools will be implementing updated options (10-day and 7-day) for quarantine effective Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Talawanda: CDC Updates
TSD has received updated information from the BCHD. The following protocols will be enacted at TSD:
Quarantine and isolation may end after 10 days if there are no symptoms, do not live with another person who has tested positive, do not live in a home that has been quarantined, and has met the CDC/ODH recommendations (No symptoms, no fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea) On Day 5, 6, or 7, the person takes and receives a negative COVID-19 test result. The person may end quarantine on day 7 and they may return to school on day 8 when the negative test result is turned into the TSD nurse. The test must be taken within 48 hours of day 7 to discontinue quarantine . If one of the 2 conditions above are not met, the person(s) quarantined or isolated must follow the health department's orders which may be to quarantine or isolate for 14 or more days.
Talawanda also issued new travel rules for the district. Effective immediately, Talawanda School District will implement self-quarantining for 14 days for any student or staff member that travels to a hotspot state. Read about the travel rules here.
Wayne Local: Superintendent’s Message Regarding New Quarantine Guidelines
With the current coronavirus surge, the Warren County Health Department does not have the capacity to go back and manually change and reproduce every quarantine order.
The recalculation process of reducing a 14 quarantine to a 10 day or 7 day quarantine will require cooperation between the student’s family and our local school district in order to return to school.
Wayne Local Schools requires documentation and will conduct its own social tracing process to determine the start and ending dates of quarantines.
Any family not willing to be cooperative with all aspects of the District’s modified quarantine program will remain on a 14 day quarantine and isolated from school and all events held on Wayne Local Schools property and facilities.