Licking County School Guidance

LCHD has reviewed updated guidance from the CDC and ODH, as well as local data to assist schools with making an informed decision regarding school plans.

ODH Quarantine Flow Chart

A link to ODH's Flow Chart with Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings is below.

ODH School Dashboard

ODH's COVID-19 School Dashboard reflects new and cumulative COVID-19 cases reported to schools by parents/guardians and staff for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Updates and Press Releases

Read LCHD’s COVID-19 Press Releases and Updates.

School COVID-19 Contact Tracing Process

Licking County students and school staff identified as a close contact to an individual with COVID-19 will be notified via email by LCHD.  Please be sure to check your spam folder for the notice.

Schools may send an initial email notifying the student/parent/guardian of a confirmed case in the school or class, however, official quarantine notice will come directly from LCHD.

LCHD cannot provide a quarantine notice until a case of COVID-19 is medically diagnosed by a medical provider.  This process may take several days.  Please do not call our office to request a quarantine notice.  All notices will be sent when the diagnosis is received by LCHD.

 Isolation and Quarantine in School Settings

Isolation (An individual that tests positive for COVID-19)

  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they are to isolate for 10 days.  They must isolate regardless of their vaccination status, and they cannot test out of isolation.

Quarantine (An individual that is identified as a close contact of someone that has tested positive for COVID-19)

These individuals do not need to quarantine:

  • Individuals that are fully vaccinated.
  • Individuals that consistently wear a mask in a classroom, and are at least 3 feet from an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Individuals that maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Individuals that are within 6 feet of an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 for LESS than 15 minutes in 24 hour period.
  • Individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 through a viral test (Antigen or PCR) within 90 days of the date of their exposure to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.

These individuals need to quarantine:

  • Individuals that are not fully vaccinated and are not consistently wearing a mask that are within 6 feet of an individual that tests positive for COVID-19 for MORE than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.

If you are identified as a close contact in a school setting there are the following options:

    • You are required complete a 10-day quarantine from your last date of exposure to the case of COVID-19.  These individuals are recommended to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
    • Your child does not need to be tested for COVID-19 to return to school or extracurricular activities after their 10-day quarantine period ends.  However, your child can return to normal classroom and extracurricular activities after 7 days if they have tested negative for COVID-19 through a viral (PCR or antigen) test that was performed by a medical provider at least 5 days after their school exposure. Learn more about testing here.

*These guidelines are only applicable to school settings.

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