Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines for Schools in the City of Columbus

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The school district adopted the new guidelines to match the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health announced on Monday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus City Schools is updating its COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for students and staff who have come into contact with someone infected with the infectious virus in a school setting.

Ohio’s largest school district announced Thursday that it is incorporating “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play” policies.

The school district adopted the new quarantine guidelines to match the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Columbus Public Health announced on Monday.

For ‘Mask to Stay’, where those who are directly exposed, regardless of their previous vaccination or masking status, can remain in the classroom if they follow the following procedures:

  • Wear a mask for 14 years after their last date of exposure.
  • Watch yourself or have a parent watch for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms

The school district will continue to require students and staff to wear masks indoors, regardless of immunization status.

For “Test to Play” guidelines, asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:

  • Wear a mask when you can in the locker room, sitting / standing on the sidelines, in transportations and at all times, the mask will not interfere with breathing or create a safety hazard.
  • Test on first notification of exposure to COVID-19
  • Test again on days 5-7. If they are negative at that time, they will be tested out of quarantine.

According to the district, contacts exposed outside of school or school-related activities should continue to be quarantined if not vaccinated.

The directives come into effect immediately.

You can watch Monday’s full press conference in the player below:

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