Mask to Stay, Test to Play Revised Guidelines

"Mask to Stay, Test to Play" Revised Guidelines
Posted on 01/03/2022

As we enter the new year, we want to ensure that every family in the district is aware of the revised quarantine and isolation guidelines from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. It is our hope that these layers of protection will help keep healthy students in school learning together, while also curbing the spread of COVID-19. 

On December 30, the Ohio Department of Health released a revised flow chart to help navigate the process for exposure to COVID-19 (outside of school) to help your family make good decisions and manage day-to-day exposure risks.

In accordance with these revisions from the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health has also revised the K12 "Mask to Stay, Test to Play" guidelines followed by Ohio schools. You can review the current complete guidelines online, but here is a brief overview of these policies as they now stand:

  • Anyone* who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, must quarantine for at least five (5) days. If symptoms are improving and that person does not have a fever, isolation may end on the sixth day from the beginning of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test as long as the person consistently wears a mask for the next five (5) days.

  • Anyone* who is in direct contact with a positive person due to a school exposure may remain in the classroom environment, regardless of vaccination or current masking status, IF they do the following:
       1. Wear a mask for 10 days after the last date of exposure.
       2. Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19 and remain symptom-free throughout the 10-day masking period.
       3. If symptoms develop at any time, regardless of the severity, the individual must isolate and get tested to confirm their status.

  • Anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school must follow the new ODE flow chart about what to do when exposed to COVID-19. Note that vaccination status does affect the timeline for return to school. 
*As a reminder, the guidelines for Preschool students vary from the K-12 Guidelines for both direct contact and positive tests, as these students fall under a different set of ODH guidelines. For questions about your specific situation, please be sure to check in with the Preschool main office.