Close contact quarantines end based on public health experts' recommendations
*** JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOLS MODIFIES QUARANTINE BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS ***
Based on the recommendation from the Ohio Department of Health and the Stark County Health Department, the Jackson Local School District no longer will quarantine students or staff identified as close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals IN A CLASSROOM SETTING where proper mask-wearing protocols were followed and where social distancing between 3 to 6 feet is achieved. The District will continue to follow CDC quarantine guidelines outside the classroom setting (i.e. after-school and athletic programs).
Individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19-positive person in a LUNCH SETTING, AND not sitting at least 6 feet from the positive person will be quarantined because facial coverings are not worn in a lunch setting.
Individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 infected person outside of a classroom will be required to quarantine.
The District will continue to notify parents of students, as well as staff members if they are close contacts of a COVID-19-positive individual. In an effort to communicate as much information as possible to our families and staff members, we will continue with our normal COVID-19 notification procedures.
These new recommendations were based on consultation with many resources, including an evaluation of K-12 school students conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. This study showed, in a supervised classroom setting, there were no discernible differences in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with COVID-19 and students in the same grade who were not close contacts.
Another important factor in this new recommendation is teachers and other school employees, if they choose to, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of Ohio’s vaccination plan as soon as mid-to-late January. This new guidance will allow more students to remain in classrooms and ensure our educators can protect themselves and trust K-12 school COVID-19 prevention methods are working.
All other information on the Jackson Local School District’s website related to classroom quarantines should be considered expired. The new classroom settings quarantine standards will go into effect on January 4, 2021.