The Licking County Health Department has released updated COVID-19 guidance for Licking County Schools as of Feb. 28, 2022. Please click here to review this guidance: LCHD School Guidance 2-28-22.pdf
CDC's COVID-19 Community Level link: click here
The health department is also keeping track of unproctored home COVID-19 tests. If you test positive in a home test, you can report that information by clicking here.
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate for 5 days from the date their symptoms started, or if they do not have symptoms, for 5 days from the date of their positive test. This includes individuals that are vaccinated against COVID-19.
- If the individual has no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving after 5 days, their isolation period will end, and they can return to normal activities. However, these individuals should wear a mask for 5 additional days.
- If the individual has a fever after 5 days, they should continue to isolate until their fever resolves.
Individuals that are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the definition of a close contact should follow the guidance listed below: These individuals do not need to quarantine:
- Individuals that have received a COVID-19 vaccination booster.
- Individuals that have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine within the past 6 months.
- Individuals that have received a dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within the past 2 months.
- Individuals that have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
These individuals need to quarantine for 5 days from their last exposure to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. After their 5-day quarantine period, they should wear a mask around others for 5 additional days:
- Individuals that are not vaccinated against COVID-19
- Individuals that have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 6 months ago and have not received a COVID-19 vaccination booster.
- Individuals that have received a dose of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine over 2 months ago and have not receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster.
We are taking some steps to try to help slow the spread of COVID-19, as well as to lower the number of people who are quarantined following a positive case:
The best way to avoid being quarantined is to be vaccinated and/or wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We encourage anyone who is unable to guarantee social distancing to wear a mask while inside our buildings, however masks remain optional for students.
District staff members are expected to wear masks or face coverings when they are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from students or fellow staff members
If a student or staff member feels unwell, please do not go to school. Communicate with a family doctor to determine your next steps
As a district, we are:
Continuing to promote good hygiene practices:
Doing regular and deep cleaning, including but not limited to:
Wiping down door handles, common areas, desks and drinking fountains regularly
Spraying/disinfecting classrooms and playgrounds daily
Delivering medications to classrooms to limit time out of the classroom and the number of people in the clinic
Some classrooms or schools may need to shift to virtual learning at times during the year, depending on the number of active cases or quarantined staff and students
Classroom letters will be emailed, and building letters will be posted on the district COVID dashboard on the website
We want to keep students and staff in school, and safe, as much as possible. Although vaccination is the best way to keep from being quarantined, it does not fully prevent you from getting sick. Social distancing and masking remain important ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep people healthy and in-school. Taking these measures will help cut down on the spread of the virus.