A parent/guardian of students or staff members who are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will continue to be notified by a school nurse and/or school administrator.
The decision to self-quarantine is the responsibility of each family. However, schools have a legal responsibility to exclude any student or staff member issued a quarantine order by the FDH. If you do not self-quarantine and FDH determines that the student or staff member must quarantine, BCLSD will be forced to exclude the student or staff member from all school functions for the duration of the quarantine order. Please note only health departments have the authority to issue isolation and quarantine orders under Ohio law; school districts only have the authority to exclude students from school.
Any student/staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will continue to be excluded from school in accordance with requirements from health officials.
Any student/staff member who has a COVID-19 positive person in the home will continue to be excluded from school in accordance with requirements from health officials.
Any student/staff member identified as a close contact will now be permitted to attend school daily if the individual chooses not to self-quarantine and is willing to follow the requirements outlined herein:
The student/staff member should wear a facial covering indoors, as much as possible, for 14 days; AND
The student/staff member should continue to conduct daily symptom checks at home following the exposure. The student/staff member must not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (Any student/staff member who becomes symptomatic will continue to be subject to exclusion from school unless an alternate diagnosis is provided by a medical professional); AND
The student/staff member should isolate and contact a medical professional if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The student/staff member may discontinue the use of a facial covering after 7 days – if they do not develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7. Please note, a COVID-19 positive test would result in exclusion from school and isolation per ODH/FDH for at least 10 days. Test results must be medically proctored and confirmed.
Extra-curricular & Co-curricular Activities:
Students participating in school activities who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 may continue participation in activities under the following guidelines:
The close contact does not live in the same home as the student; AND
The close contact should be symptom-free; AND
The close contact should wear a mask for 14 days, when possible (locker room, bus, on the bench, when not performing)
The close contact may discontinue the use of a facial covering after 7 days – if they do not develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7. Please note, a COVID-19 positive test would result in exclusion from school/school activities and isolation per ODH/FDH for at least 10 days. Test results must be medically proctored and confirmed.
Please note: The tests referenced above are SARS-CoV-2 viral (PCR or Antigen) tests. All tests, including over-the-counter at home test kits, must be proctored/observed and lab confirmed by a licensed medical professional.