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BCS Update - Ohio Department of Health Releases Alternative School and Activity Quarantine Guidelines

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October 29, 2021

Dear Brooklyn Hurricane Families: 

This week, the Ohio Department of Health released Updated School and Activity Quarantine Guidelines aimed at keeping students in school during a potential close contact situation. As we continue to work with local and state agencies in the fight against COVID-19, these new alternative guidelines are a positive step in keeping all of our students in school as much as possible. This guidance does not apply for students or staff that test positive for COVID-19.

 Option #1: Mask-to-Stay (Applies to Classroom Setting or In-School Activity)

  • If the student is exposed in the class setting; regardless of mask status, may remain in the classroom setting if they do the following:
    • Wear a mask for 14 days after the last date of exposure.
    • Self- or Parent-monitor for symptoms; individuals must be asymptomatic for COVID-19.
    • Isolate and get tested if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.
    • Can discontinue mask wearing after 7 days if no symptoms are developed and they test negative between days 5-7.
    • Parents and students are responsible for monitoring symptoms.

 

Option #2: Test-to-Play (Applies to Extracurricular/Athletic Activities)

  • Asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:  
    • Wear a mask when able, including during transportation, locker rooms, sidelines – and anytime a mask won’t interfere with breathing or create safety hazards during the activity.
    • Get tested on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
    • Test again between days 5-7 following exposure. If they test negative at that time, they will qualify for testing out of quarantine protocols and be able to resume normal extracurricular activities after day 7.

Please note: Eligibility to participate in this new guidance is contingent on the exposure being in the school setting or school-related activities. This option does not apply to household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting or school-related activities. 

Our success this year is due, in part, to our collaboration and constant communication. As of this date, the district continues to strongly recommend masks for all students and staff. 

We ask that parents continue to be diligent and not send students to school if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact Barb Manley, District Nurse/COVID-19 Coordinator, at barb.manley@bcshurricanes.org or 216-485-8143, if one of your student(s) test positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms. 

Best Regards, 

Dr. Theodore Caleris
Superintendent
Brooklyn City Schools





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