The Lake and Geauga County Public Health Departments issued an updated school guidance document related to isolation and quarantine as applied to close contacts and positive cases. This guidance (link below) is aligned with the CDC guidance and adjusts the isolation and quarantine periods for those individuals.
Below is an excerpt from the document detailing quarantine/isolation protocols.
Recommendations to Quarantine/Isolate
Isolation Protocol (Symptomatic or a positive test)
If a student is experiencing symptoms that could be due to a COVID‐19 infection, the student
should stay home from school and seek medical attention for possible COVID‐19 testing and
directions for care.
If a student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is having symptoms, they should stay
isolated from others for 5 days following onset of symptoms. After the 5th day, if the student
is symptom free and/or improving, the student could return to school and normal activities as
long as they continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
If a student has no symptoms but has tested positive for COVID-19, they should isolate
themselves from others for 5 days from the date of the positive test. After the 5th day, the
student could return to school and normal activities as long as they continue to wear a mask
around others for an additional 5 days.
If a student, who is asymptomatic AND has not been a close contact, tests positive with an at
home rapid test that does not come with a tele‐health visit, we recommend reaching out to your
doctor or other test providers to get an additional test prior to returning to school.
Quarantine Protocol (Exposure)
If a student is notified that they have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for
COVID‐19 virus, they can continue to attend school if they are closely monitoring for symptoms
and convert to isolation protocol if they start to experience any symptoms and are vigilant about
mask wearing for the 10 days following exposure.
If the student or parent feels the mask wearing cannot be done reliably, then they
should remain at home.
Re-Education Services will apply the new isolation and quarantine guidance effective immediately to all close contact and positive cases involving students and staff members. The guidance will be for all staff and students regardless of their county of residence. We will continue to closely monitor staffing levels in both buildings and anticipate that staffing levels will be appropriate for safely conducting in-person instruction.
Fredrick A. Frisco