K-12 Student Quarantine Classroom Guidance
Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County has developed the following guidance for K-12 schools returning for Fall 2021. This guidance is designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our schools and community.
Vaccinations are Recommended
Public Health recommends that faculty, staff and eligible students (12 or older) should get vaccinated against COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a vaccine-preventable, respiratory illness caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. The disease can spread rapidly among individuals who are not vaccinated* and result in serious illness or death. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and offer the best protection against serious illness.
*Someone is considered fully vaccinated:
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine.
While in school, everyone should frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Maintain a distance of at least 3’ from others. Increase ventilation in rooms and buses to the extent possible.
Use of Masks
The use of face masks is recommended for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Masking is a critical component of layered prevention strategies that have been shown to be effective at reducing risk of transmission. Schools should be aware that consistent and correct mask use, in addition to the maximizing of physical distancing, are needed to allow unvaccinated students to remain in the classroom setting following a potential classroom exposure.
All individuals should wear a mask when
- In any indoor location that is not a residence.
- In crowded outdoor settings.
Reporting of Positive Cases to Public Health and the Community
Schools are required to notify Public Health of all positive cases and those indicated below within 24 hours of becoming aware of a student, teacher, staff member, or coach who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The parents/guardians of all students in a school where there has been a positive case, must be notified in writing in the following ways:
- Written notification of a positive test or case shall be sent to the parents or guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity during the COVID-19 infectious period of a student, teacher, staff member or coach.
- Written notification shall also be provided to all parents or guardians of students at the school building notifying them of a positive result. This notification may be made using email or an established website.
Schools shall report all positive COVID-19 cases to Public Health using the K-12 SCHOOLS reporting link located on the phdmc.org website. The process for schools reporting positive COVID-19 cases has been streamlined and the K-12 Schools COVID-19 REPORT FORM from last year has been eliminated. Schools will be able to access a specific reporting tool on the Public Health website located on the COVID-19 Update Tab. Click on the K12-SCHOOLS Reporting tab/link located on the left side bar. A survey will appear. Please complete the survey and submit. All fields are required.
Schools shall notify close contacts of exposure (and families of close contacts in the school setting), as soon as possible after notification of a positive case and quarantine close contacts per the ODH Guidelines for K-12 Student Quarantine Procedure: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/covid-19-fact-sheet-k-12-exposure-and-quarantine.pdf
Please do not send any positive reports via email. Email is only monitored for COVID-19 related questions.
Busing and Transportation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s Order) has issued an order requiring the use of masks that applies to all public transportation conveyances including school buses.
Regardless of the mask policy at school, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order. Learn more here. Schools should provide masks to those students who need them (including on buses), such as students who forgot to bring their mask or whose families are unable to afford them.
This is a federal rule and must be enforced by the transportation provider, in this case the schools, or RTA if students use their service. Any concerns about lack of compliance should be addressed with the transportation provider.