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 Guidance

A link to ODH's COVID-19 Guidance is included 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

Parents will be notified via email by LCHD that their child has been placed in quarantine due to an exposure at school to an individual with a case of COVID-19. 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.

Parents are encouraged to check their spam folder to ensure they receive the quarantine notice. The notice will provide the name of the school where the student was exposed, the date on which the child can resume normal activities, procedures for early release from quarantine, and additional information. If parents have multiple children in a school building, they should email LCHD for clarification on the student(s) in quarantine at

Parents are encouraged to contact their school attendance line to notify the school of their child’s absence due to being placed in quarantine.

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 will be required to isolate for 10 days from the date their symptoms started, or if they do not have symptoms, for 10 days from the date of their positive test. This includes individuals that are vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual cannot test out of isolation earlier than 10 days

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

Individuals that are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the definition of a close contact should quarantine for a period of 10 days from the date of their last exposure to an individual with COVID-19.  Individuals that are close contacts in a classroom setting, must adhere to one of the three following options:

1. The individual can complete their quarantine period at home and not attend school or participate in extracurricular activities.

2. The individual can return to school and extracurricular activities on day 8 of their quarantine period if they test negative for COVID-19 through a viral (PCR or antigen) test at least 5 days after their school exposure.

3. The individual 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.  In this case, the student cannot participate in extracurricular activities during their quarantine period, and they should remain at home when they are not in school.

Individuals 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.  These individuals are encouraged to get tested after their initial exposure and again one time during days 5-7 after their exposure.

The following individuals are not required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19:

  • Individuals that are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated is defined as having two doses of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and it has been at least 14 days since last dose of vaccine was administered.
  • Individuals that consistently wear a mask in a classroom setting.
  • Individuals that maintain at least 6 feet of distance from an individual with COVID-19, or at least 3 feet of distance during lunch.
  • Individuals that have been within six feet of an individual with COVID-19 for less than 15 cumulative minutes in a 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 an individual with COVID-19.

*These guidelines are only applicable to school settings.

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