COVID-19 Quarantine Requirements

Breaking down the Butler County General Health District’s Quarantine Guidelines
Posted on 08/16/2021
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Quarantine guidelinesIn accordance with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD), Lakota Local Schools is requiring that face coverings be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status, by all staff and PreK-12 students.


Besides the fact that masks help limit the spread of COVID-19, they also protect students from missing school due to quarantine. As a public school district, we must follow the quarantine protocols set by our local health department for all school environments, especially indoor classroom settings. Following is a summary of current guidelines. 


You must quarantine if ALL of the following are true in a school setting: 

  • You were within three feet of the positive person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period in an indoor classroom OR you were within six feet of the positive person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period in a non-classroom setting (i.e. athletics and extracurriculars, lunch, etc.);

  • You are unvaccinated against COVID-19; and

  • You and the COVID-positive individual were not wearing a face covering consistently and properly. 


A quarantine extends for 10 days from the time of the individual’s last day of exposure. If you test negative on day five or later, you are only required to quarantine for seven days, but should monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days. Proof of a negative test from a physician is required to return to school before the 10-day quarantine ends. 


You do not have to quarantine if ANY of the following is true in a school setting: 

  • You were not within three feet of the positive person for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period in an indoor classroom;

  • You are vaccinated against COVID-19; or

  • You and the COVID-positive individual were both wearing a face covering consistently and properly. 


Even if you are vaccinated and/or wearing a face covering, the Ohio Department of Health orders that individuals self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask indoors as much as possible for 14 days OR until you receive a negative PCR or antigen test three-to-five days after your last exposure, if vaccinated, or five days after your last exposure, if unvaccinated. 


IMPORTANT: Beginning in October, the BCGHD will shift quarantine protocols to align with House Bill 244, meaning that both the close contact AND the COVID-positive individual must be properly wearing a face covering to avoid quarantine, regardless of vaccination status. This means that a vaccinated student or staff member must also be wearing a face covering to avoid quarantine if identified as a close contact.


Students required to quarantine will receive instruction from their teacher(s) for how to participate in remote learning (different from Lakota’s full-time VLO). 


“We are in agreement with the medical experts. Masks help limit exposure to COVID-19, even for vaccinated individuals, which is why we too are requiring that all students and staff wear masks while indoors while at school,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. 


“We also urge you to consider the stringent quarantine measures in place, especially the changes coming in October,” he continued. “Wearing a mask properly guarantees your child will stay in school - and that’s where we want our kids to be.” 


View a flowchart detailing current quarantine requirements as set forth by the BCHD.