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Loveland School District relaxes COVID 19 quarantine protocol

Loveland, Ohio – The Loveland City School District announced today that they will relax COVID 19 quarantine guidelines and start using protocol announced on December 5 by Governor Mike DeWine

DeWine announced that Ohio was changing its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. The Ohio Department of Health said, “Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.”

The change follows an evaluation of virus spread in Ohio schools conducted by researchers with the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. Preliminary results of the evaluation found no discernible difference in the risk of contracting the coronavirus between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom and those who were farther away. 

Loveland school students returned to the classroom today, Monday, January 4.

Here is the announcement issued by the District today:

Changes to K-12 School Quarantine Guidelines 

Loveland Tiger Family,

We hope that you have had a safe and healthy winter break, and that your students have eagerly returned to their school activities!

As a result of the evidence of low in-school transmission rates of COVID-19, Governor Mike DeWine announced in his press conference last week that school districts will no longer have to quarantine students and staff who are in a “classroom setting” wearing masks and following other safety protocols that would have previously been named a close contact and had to stay home in quarantine for at least 10 days. Hamilton County Public Health, and under their direction the Loveland City School District, will follow this order.

For the purpose of this order, we wish to reiterate that the following:

At this time, the district is waiting for guidance on whether or not students would need to quarantine for close contact on a bus. A future communication will clarify that issue. In the interim, Loveland will continue to quarantine close contacts for this setting.

Per the Governor’s order, this new quarantine guidance does NOT apply to close contacts that happen outside of the classroom setting. Students and staff who are identified as a close contact of a positive case outside of the classroom setting (for example, a family member, a teammate, or a close contact outside of school tests positive) will still need to follow the new CDC/ODH approved guidelines. This does include all athletics and extracurricular activities.

We will continue to communicate pertinent COVID-19 information with families as we did during the first semester:

The district also announced that they have been notified of the following positive cases of COVID-19:

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