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Changes in Quarantine Procedures for Direct Exposures to COVID-19 in School Setting

Dear Northmor Families,

Good Afternoon!  Yesterday the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) updated its official recommendations to schools on how to handle direct exposure of students and staff to COVID-19 in school settings.  ODH has communicated that with certain masking and testing procedures in place students and staff should be able to avoid home quarantine and continue to play sports and participate in other school-related activities.  This includes a "mask to stay" and "test to play" options as follows (see full document: https://5il.co/111je):

  1. Those directly exposed to COVID-19 in school or a school-related setting can stay in the classroom and avoid home quarantine if they wear a mask for 14 days, monitor for symptoms and isolate if such symptoms develop.  The 14-day masking recommendation can end early with a negative result on a test administered between five and seven days after exposure.  Please see school office personnel for assistance in receiving a free COVID-19 TEST.
  2. Those directly exposed to COVID-19 in school or a school-related setting can continue to participate in sports and extracurricular activities if they get tested upon initial notification of exposure and again between five and seven days after exposure, and also wear a mask when able, such as standing on the sidelines or sitting on the team bench.  As with the classroom option, a negative result on a second test can end the masking recommendation of 14 days.  Please see school office personnel for assistance in receiving a free COVID-19 TEST.

This guidance is limited to school-related exposure or school related activities.  This does not apply to household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting or school-related activities.  Further, these changes incorporate mask wearing and testing to reduce the chance of spread of COVID-19 within the structured school setting and provides a safe alternative to quarantine. Previous quarantine procedures included
in the Health and Safety Guidelines regarding a direct exposure in the school setting are no longer in place and the procedures shared in this communication should be followed. Our top priority is to continue to keep students and staff in school but doing so in the safest way!  

We appreciate the support of our families and, most especially, the resolve and cooperation of our students and staff.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Board of Education Office.

Stay safe and healthy!

Chad A. Redmon
Superintendent
Northmor Local School District
5247 County Road 29
Galion, Ohio 44833
(419) 946-8861, option #4