Oct 26, 2021 - COVID
Ohio eases COVID quarantine rules for schools
Illustration of an apple wearing a covid mask.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Starting this week, Ohio students no longer have to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 at school, as long as they agree to wear a mask at school for the next 14 days and have no symptoms.

  • If they test negative once on day 5, 6 or 7, they can unmask.

Why it matters: Families and school leaders have expressed concerns about students missing too much class time in isolation, especially if they aren't infected.

  • The previous 14-day maximum quarantine is about 6% of a 180-day school year.

What's next: Schools can choose to adopt the new rules or continue requiring quarantines.

  • Previously, the exception only applied to vaccinated or masked children.
  • Meanwhile, students can continue extracurricular activities if they test negative as soon as they're notified of exposure and again 5-7 days later. They must wear a mask "when able."
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