We are happy to have students back in our classrooms this year and are following the Licking County Health Department guidelines to keep students learning in-person 5 days a week. Our goal is to keep our students in front of our teachers because we know that best supports student development.
To support that, the following protocols are in place:
- Continue to monitor students for symptoms. If your child is sick, please keep them home.
- Masks are optional, but recommended, for students and staff. Masks are no longer required on buses or other school transportation.
- Social distancing will be done to the greatest extent possible.
- Seating charts will be used in all areas because contact tracing is still required.
- Enhanced cleaning will take place in all buildings.
- Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing will be encouraged.
- Sneeze and cough etiquette will be taught and emphasized.
- Students and staff should bring water bottles to school and use the bottle fillers in each building.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate for 5 days from
the date their symptoms started, or if they do not have symptoms, for 5 days from the date of their
positive test. This includes individuals that are vaccinated against COVID-19.
- If the individual has no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving after 5 days, their isolation
period will end, and they can return to normal activities. However, these individuals should
wear a mask for 5 additional days.
- If the individual has a fever after 5 days, they should continue to isolate until their fever
Individuals that are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the definition of a close contact should follow
the guidance listed below:
These individuals do not need to quarantine:
- Individuals that have received a COVID-19 vaccination booster.
- Individuals that have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine within the past 6 months.
- Individuals that have received a dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the past 2 months.
- Individuals that are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster and it has been longer than 14 days since receiving their 2nd dose of Pfizer COVID-19.
- Individuals that have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
All individuals that do not meet the parameters above will be considered a close contact and will be
required to quarantine. The following three options exist for school-related COVID-19 exposures:
- The student can return to school immediately if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and they
wear a mask in school for the duration of their quarantine period as indicated above.
- The student can complete 5 days of quarantine at home and return to school and
extracurricular activities on day 6 of their quarantine period if they do not have COVID-19
symptoms and they wear a mask for the duration of their quarantine period as indicated
- The student can complete their quarantine period at home and not attend school or participate
in extracurricular activities for the duration of their quarantine period as indicated above.
Students choosing Option 1 above can return to extracurricular activities immediately following their
exposure as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask whenever possible during the activity, and are tested after their initial exposure. Testing on day 5 after exposure is also
If an individual is unable to quarantine, they must wear a mask for 10 days after their symptoms
If an individual that has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 develops symptoms during their
quarantine period, they should speak to their medical provider and be tested for COVID-19.
The Ohio Department of Health no longer requires K-12 schools to report positive COVID-19 cases to their local health departments, unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive. In addition, the state has discontinued use of the COVID-19 School Reporting dashboard. The archived information is available by clicking here.