Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

This provides an alternative option to at-home quarantine for students who are identified as direct contacts of a positive case of COVID-19 at school. This alternative uses mask wearing and COVID testing to keep healthy students in school and sick students at home.
 

Mask to Stay

Students may remain in school if they monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 14 days. Quarantine is limited to 7 days if the student tests negative on or after day 5.

See full details below.

 

Test to Play

Students may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they test negative and wear a mask during participation whenever possible.

See full details below.

Please note: Eligibility to participate in “Mask to Stay” and/or “Test to Play” quarantine options is contingent on the exposure happening in the school setting or at school-related activities. 

This does not apply to household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting. GLSD will continue to follow the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health for out of school close COVID exposures.

Goshen is prepared to implement the alternative quarantine program outlined below starting on Wednesday, October 27th. 

Mask to Stay 

Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination status, may attend school as usual if parent(s) and student agree to follow ALL guidelines outlined below.

  • Student will wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure
    or
    Student will wear a mask for 7 days if they provide a negative test result from day 5, 6, or 7 (see note below). 
  • Student and/or parent will self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Student will isolate and be tested if they experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, regardless of severity. 

Note: students who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine. It is recommended that they wear a mask for 14 days from exposure.

Test to Play 

Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination status, may continue to participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities if parent(s) and student agree to follow the ALL guidelines outlined below: 

  • Student will wear a mask when possible during extracurricular activities.
    • This includes transportation, locker rooms, sitting/standing on the sidelines, and anytime the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity, and does not create a safety hazard. 
  • Student will be tested on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19. 
  • Student will be tested again on day 5, 6, or 7. If the test result is negative at this time, the student no longer needs to follow the above guidelines.

 

Please Note: The tests referenced above are SARS-CoV-2 viral (PCR or antigen) tests.

The test must be proctored/observed by a healthcare professional. Over the counter or “rapid” test results will not be accepted.

Students and staff may discontinue quarantine after seven days if they do not develop symptoms and test negative on or after day 5, 6, or 7.

BinaxNOW Approved Home Test Kit

 

Original 10 Day Quarantine Option Still Available

(student not wishing to participate in the Alternative Options) 

The standard quarantine for students identified as direct contacts is ten days at home from the date of last exposure. Families have the choice to have their child tested, using a PCR or antigen test on or after day 5, from a health care provider. The results would need to be emailed to garrettk@goshenlocalschools.org. If the test is negative and the child remains symptom free, they can return to school on day 8. Students and parents will monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for a full 14 days after the date of last exposure. 

10 days- No action/testing taken by close contact person = at least 10 days from the last exposure with the positive case and symptom free

7 days- Negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) from a sample collected on day five or later after last exposure AND stay at home for at least seven days after last exposure.