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COVID-19 Update

Throughout the pandemic, the Fairfield City School District has aligned our COVID-19 protocols with guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). This week, the ODH released new quarantine guidelines for student and staff exposure while at school and/or while participating in school-related extracurricular activities. We will follow the new guidelines, called “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play,” beginning Thursday, October 28. Please review the information below to learn more. Please note that the language below is taken directly from the ODH guidelines.


Mask to Stay: Direct contacts in a school environment, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they:

  • Wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure.
  • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity).
  • Consistent with guidance for others quarantining in lower-risk environments, students and staff may discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven days — if they meet two basic criteria: one – they don’t develop symptoms, and two – they test negative between days 5-7.

While parents and students are responsible for symptom monitoring, if school staff or school nurses see a child exhibiting symptoms they should act accordingly.

Test to Play: Asymptomatic contacts in a school environment may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they:

  • Wear a mask when able. This includes wearing a mask during transportation, such as traveling on a team bus to and from games; while in locker rooms; while sitting or standing on the sidelines; and any time the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity in which they are participating, or create a safety hazard.
  • Test on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Test again between days 5-7 following exposure to COVID-19. If they are negative at this time, they will test out of quarantine after day 7 and can resume normal activities.

Those who are fully vaccinated, as well as those who consistently wear masks in school, can already remain in the classroom if exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting.

**The Fairfield City School District continues to strongly recommend the wearing of masks by students and staff.

Thank you. 
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