Lakota to Participate in COVID Study

Lakota One of Nine Districts to Participate in State COVID Study about Quarantines
Posted on 11/16/2020
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Girl with mask: COVID studyLakota Local Schools is one of nine districts statewide to participate in a public health evaluation about classroom spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ohio COVID-19 School Evaluation (OCSE) testing program will give school districts, public health experts and elected officials more scientific data regarding quarantines related to positive novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in school. 

The study will assess whether students and staff identified as close contacts to an individual testing positive, when wearing masks correctly, should be required to quarantine. The pilot is being run by The Ohio State University with assistance from Wright State University, Ohio University, Dayton Children’s Hospital and the Post-Acute Rapid Response Team (PARRT).

“The study will help confirm what we believe to be true - our students and staff are not spreading COVID-19 in our classrooms,” said Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann, who also leads the district’s COVID Response Team. “We have 13 weeks of data to confirm this.”

The study will be conducted at Lakota East and West high schools, the Academy, West Freshman and Creekside Early Childhood School. Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Those participating in the study would be able to remain in school instead of quarantining. However, all aspects of quarantine outside of school would still be required, including not participating in extracurricular activities. 

Participants will receive a quick nasal swab twice a week for two weeks. As long as the test is negative and the student doesn’t develop COVID-19 symptoms for the duration of the quarantine period, they may remain in school. If the test is positive, they would be required to isolate at home immediately.

Additionally, the study requires a control group of students to be tested for COVID-19 two times in a two week period. These students will be tested once a week for two weeks and would not have been exposed to the positive individual.

Testing is scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 16. Click here to view a list of frequently asked questions about the study.