There have been some important updates concerning COVID-19 protocols and policies. On December 30, Governor DeWine shared new quarantine guidelines for K-12 schools. These updated guidelines impact staff and students who are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- If a student or teacher is exposed in a classroom environment or while on required school transport (e.g., school bus) to someone with COVID-19, quarantine is not recommended for the exposed individual as long as masking and other appropriate protocols were followed.
- The new guidance does not mean an end to quarantines. Students could still be quarantined based on exposures outside of the classroom (lunch, athletics, etc.) and if masking or other protocols were unable to be followed. These quarantine decisions will be made in consultation with the Butler County General Health District.
Ohio’s updated quarantine protocols were developed in consultation with many resources, including an evaluation of K-12 school students conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. The study showed that, in a supervised classroom setting, there was no discernible difference in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with the disease and students in the same grade who were not close contacts.