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K-12 Schools:  ODH Guidance for Mask-to-Stay and Test-to-Play Options

The Ohio Department of Health is currently in the process of updating their guidance document for management of COVID-19 in the K-12 school setting.

On January 26, 2022, the Ohio Department of Health issued the following document updating the Mask-to-Stay and Test-to-Play options for school students and staff who were exposed to COVID-19.  You may see this updated document by clicking on the link below.
Ohio Department of Health K-12 Mask-to-Stay / Test-to-Play Option - revised 1/26/2022.  

All people testing POSITIVE for COVID-19 must isolate (stay home) for at least 5 days.  See the Isolation Recommendations section of this website for further details.

CONTACTS (people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not themselves positive) who are K-12 students or staff may be able to attend school according to Ohio's Mask-to-Stay guidelines that were revised on 1/26/22.  To summarize these guidelines:
If you are a K-12 school student or staff member AND if your school follows Ohio's "Mask-to-Stay" guidelines, you may continue to attend school after exposure to a positive, as long as ALL of the following conditions are met:
      1.  You don't have symptoms, and you don't develop any symptoms.  (Monitor your symptoms for 14 days
            after exposure.  If you develop symptoms after your exposure, you must stay home and notify the school.)
      2.  You wear a mask for at least 10 days after your last date of exposure to the positive.
      3.  Your school allows you to return.  Please check with your school.

Please note that schools are not required to use the Mask-to-Stay / Test-to-Play options.  Each school district may develop their own protocols for COVID-19 management in the schools, including masking and exclusion criteria.  School protocols must meet the minimum requirements outlined by the Ohio Department of Health and CDC, but schools may develop stricter standards than those minimum requirements.  If you have questions about returning to school after testing positive or being exposed to a COVID-positive person, please contact your school district to determine their specific requirements.  (Do not call the Health Department.)

If/when the Ohio Department of Health publishes further guidance related to COVID and K-12 schools, we will add the link to this page. 

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