When to Keep Students Home?

Students with Symptoms

Students or staff with ANY high-risk COVID-19 symptoms or TWO OR MORE low-risk COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a healthcare provider.


  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New or worsened cough
  • Sore throat
  • New or worsened nasal
    congestion or runny nose


  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New or worsened fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting or diarrhea

REMEMBER: Students with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher should always stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

When to Return?

Positive Test Cleared by the local public health department
Pending Results Until results are known
Negative Test 24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms
Not tested 10 days after symptom onset and 24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms
Alternative diagnosis 24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms

Students with Exposure to COVID-19

Student is exposed OUTSIDE the classroom

Parents who have been notified of their student being exposed outside the classroom, should keep their student home and follow the guidance of the local public health department.

Student is exposed INSIDE the classroom

The Ohio Department of Health has released new guidelines regarding quarantine rules for both students and staff regarding exposures in a school setting. It’s important to note these new guidelines only apply to in-person learning and on buses, not after school activities.

If there is a positive case in the classroom, we begin contact tracing as we currently do. If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 in the classroom, and all parties were wearing face masks that cover the face and nose at all times, only the positive person will be quarantined. Students that were exposed will still be considered “in close contact” and will be required to follow quarantine procedures outside of school. However, they are allowed to attend school. They would not be able to participate in extracurricular activities during the quarantine period.

We will still require students and staff to follow all mask and six feet of social distance protocols at this time.

The above guidelines only apply to classroom and bus settings. Students should not attend in-person school if they are exposed to COVID-19 outside the classroom, including during sports and other extracurricular activities, regardless of masking.

Please discuss any questions you have with your school nurse.


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