Community Letter January 5th, 2021

January 5, 2021

Dear Lake Community:

Happy New Year!

Governor DeWine announced last week that an updated policy on quarantine in schools is forthcoming. The Wood County Health Department is awaiting this final policy from the Ohio Department of Health. Once it is received, it will be reviewed with school leadership to understand how the policy will be operationalized in Wood County. Until that policy is received, the established guidelines for quarantine in schools will remain in effect. Below are some of the features of the updated policy that the Governor previewed last week:

  • If a student or teacher is exposed in the classroom setting to someone with COVID-19, quarantine is not recommended for the exposed individual as long as masking and other appropriate protocols were followed.
  • Quarantine continues to be advised for anyone who is exposed in the classroom if protocols have not been followed (e.g., students or adults in the classroom did not properly wear masks).
  • Quarantine also continues to be advised for anyone exposed during extracurricular activities, including sports, regardless of masking or other protocols. Revised guidelines above only apply in classroom settings.
  • In all cases of potential exposure, consult with the local health department for guidance.

Once the policy is finalized in Columbus and reviewed at the county level, we will share it with all of you and make any necessary changes that this policy will reflect.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility.

Jim Witt