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FAQ: Screening and Isolation

Frequently Asked Question about Screening and Isolation

View the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Screening and Isolation Policy.

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When should students or staff stay home from school? 

Any student or staff member (staff members is an inclusive term and includes but is not limited to all salaried and hourly employees, vendors, contractors and volunteers) should stay home from school if they are experiencing:

One (1) of the Following:

  • Fever (100.4 Degrees or higher)
  • New or worsened cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • New or worsened nasal congestion or runny nose

OR

Two or More (2+) of the Following:

  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • New or worsened fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Additionally, if any student or staff member has a known exposure to a laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ person, that student or staff member must stay home from school for fourteen (14) days after the last known exposure.

What is considered to be close contact with a COVID-19 positive person?

The CDC defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, if you were in contact with a COVID-19 positive person for five minutes three different times in a day, you will have been considered to have been exposed. Exposure will be determined starting from 2 days before symptoms begin (or, for people without symptoms, 2 days prior to the test) until the time the infected person is isolated.

Who do I contact if I am symptomatic of COVID-19?

If you have new, non-chronic symptoms of COVID-19 listed in the Screening and Isolation policy, please contact Student Health Services. Additionally, it is advisable to contact your primary care physician. If you are symptomatic of COVID-19 while on campus, you must report in-person to Student Health Services.

Who do I contact if I test positive for COVID-19 or if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Please contact our COVID-19 Coordinator, Tobbi Reeves-Valentine, by phone at (614) 907-2284 or by email at covidreporting@osdb.oh.gov

What happens if I have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

Any student or staff member who is a known close contact with a COVID-19 positive person must stay home from school for fourteen (14) days, unless advised differently by the public health department. If no symptoms present after fourteen (14) days, the individual may return to school, unless advised differently by the public health department. A negative COVID-19 test following exposure does not remove the obligation to stay home for fourteen (14) days. 

Who will make the determination on which students and staff must be quarantined in any given circumstance?

Columbus Public Health makes these determinations.

What do I do if I have been in contact with someone who has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual?

Generally, a contact of a contact is not required to quarantine. However, we will follow any public health guidance from our local health department. If you have concerns, please contact the COVID-19 Coordinator, Tobbi Reeves-Valentine, by phone at (614) 907-2284 or by email at covidreporting@osdb.oh.gov.

What should I do if I become symptomatic of COVID-19 while I am at school or in the dorms?

  1. Notify supervisor and obtain classroom or dormitory coverage.
  2. Obtain face covering if you aren’t already wearing one.
  3. Notify and report in-person to Student Health Services.
  4. Leave campus.

When can an individual return to campus after being symptomatic of a COVID-19 illness?

OSD and OSSB recommend consulting with your primary care physician if you are symptomatic and getting a COVID-19 test when it is warranted. Students or staff who have been symptomatic of COVID-19 but have not been tested can only return when ALL OF THE FOLLOWING have occurred:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (unless the health department or a physician says it must be longer), AND
  • Fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours, AND
  • Other symptoms have improved.

When can an individual return to campus after being diagnosed as COVID-19 positive if they have been symptomatic?

Individuals may return to school after ALL OF THE FOLLOWING have occurred:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared (unless the health department or a physician says it must be longer), AND
  2. Fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours, AND
  3. Other symptoms have improved

When can an individual return to campus after being diagnosed as COVID-19 positive but has not had any symptoms?

Individuals who have tested COVID-19 positive but have not had any symptoms may return to school after BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING have occurred:

  1. The individual continues to have no symptoms, AND
  2. 10 days have passed since the positive test (unless the health department or a physician says that it must be longer)

What should an individual do if they are symptomatic of COVID-19 but receive a negative COVID-19 test?

Students or staff who have been symptomatic of COVID-19 and who have received a negative test may return to school after twenty-four (24) hours have passed fever free (without use of medication) and with improved symptoms. Documentation of your negative COVID-19 test may be required.

What if I am symptomatic but my physician provides an alternative diagnosis?

Students or staff who have an alternative diagnosis besides COVID-19 may return to school after twenty-four (24) hours have passed fever free (without use of medication) and with improved symptoms. Documentation of your alternative diagnosis may be required.

What information must OSD and OSSB report to Columbus Public Health?

OSD and OSSB will contact Columbus Public Health with all positive COVID-19 cases on campus.

What information will families and staff receive if there is a positive COVID-19 cases on campus?

Pursuant to our Notification Plan:

  • OSD and OSSB will inform staff and families on each campus if there has been a positive case on that campus.
  • Additionally, staff and families will be notified by OSD and OSSB if there has been a positive case in their child’s class, school activity or dorm.
  • Finally, staff and families will be notified by Columbus Public Health if they are required to quarantine due to a determination that they have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive case.

What happens if Franklin County’s risk level moves to a Level 4 Public Emergency, color-coded purple?

All students at both OSD and OSSB will transition to remote-learning.

What happens if a residential student’s home county’s risk level moves to a Level 4 Public Emergency, color-coded purple?

OSD and OSSB students must switch to remote-learning if that student’s home county is determined to be at a Level 4 Public Emergency, risk level color-coded purple. If a county’s risk level changes to purple while a residential student is on campus, the student can remain on campus through Thursday of that week, at which time they would go home and not return to in-person learning until their home county’s risk level is decreased.

What happens if a staff member’s home county’s risk level moves to a Level 4 Public Emergency, color-coded purple?

All staff who are required to be on campus during in-person learning are required to report to work unless Franklin County moves to a level 4 Public Emergency, at which time staff will be notified of their work location.