On Aug. 11, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on how people can protect themselves and others from COVID-19, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if you have symptoms or test positive with the virus.
As a result, 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.
- First, 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).
Information for the 2021-2022 School Year is below and is no longer current policy.
Ohio Department of Health:
Mask to Stay/Test to Play ODE Current as of:1-26-22
New Contact Tracing Guidelines ODE Current as of:1-26-22
2021-2022 School Year ARP: Continuity of Services Plan
Extended Learning and Recovery Plan
2020-2021 school year Reset - Restart Guidance Document, updates / resources regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), and message from the Mahoning County Health Department.