The Ohio Department of Health has released new contact tracing and Covid-19 protocols for all K-12 schools. While the new information is good news it presents challenges for us as a school district as how to proceed and how to keep our students safe and healthy. The main points of the updated guidance are:
Students and Staff who test positive are still required to isolate at home for 5 days after symptom onset. If symptoms and fever have subsided after 5 days, they may return to school, continuing to wear a face covering for 5 additional days.
Quarantining for close contacts is no longer required. It is an option. If your child is a close contact of someone at school or outside of school, it will be your choice if he or she continues to attend school or to quarantine. For those who chose to quarantine, the absences will be excused as they have been in the past. We are hopeful that especially in cases where people are continually exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the home, a choice to quarantine or at a minimum to wear a mask will be made.
What this means for Bright Local:
The Bottom Line: If you are sick or you are experiencing symptoms, STAY HOME and stay safe!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me
Mike Bick, Superintendent.