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Covid-19 Information

mask to stay and test to play guidelines

Mask to Stay, Test to Play (Effective October 27, 2021)

Mask to Stay: Under this new guidance, students can continue with in-person learning after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they do the following:

  1. Wear a mask for 14 days after the initial exposure date

    • This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated direct contacts.

  2. Self-monitor or have a parent monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

  3. Isolate and get tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of the severity of symptoms

  4. Students may discontinue these procedures after seven days if they satisfy the following criteria: they remain symptom free, AND they test negative between days 5-7.

    • The district has the ability to test students, as we have done throughout the pilot, onsite and at no cost to our families. A parental consent form must be signed and on file with the district prior to any onsite testing. 

Test to Play: Under this new guidance, students are now permitted to participate in extracurricular activities after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they do the following: 

  1. Wear a mask while not actively participating: while on a team bus, in the locker room or while on the sidelines or bench

    • This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated direct contacts.

  2. Get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after they are identified as a direct contact to someone with the virus in school.

    • This testing requirement only applies to unvaccinated individuals and the first test must be done before they can return to their activity to participate.

    • The district has the ability to test students, as we have done throughout the pilot, onsite and at no cost to our families. A parental consent form must be signed and on file with the district prior to any onsite testing. 

  3. A second test is required to be conducted on days five to seven after the last day of exposure

  4. Students may discontinue these procedures after seven days if they satisfy the following criteria: they remain symptom free, AND they test negative between days 5-7.

Letter from Mr. Seevers

Lebanon City School Test to Play Consent Form for at school testing

If I want more information, who should I contact?

Jamie Buchert, COVID Coordinator, 513-934-5889

Katja Pursell, LPN, WCESC COVID Nurse, 513-934-5797

Results from Test & Stay Pilot Program

Lebanon City Schools, along with nine other schools in Warren County, participated in the Test & Stay Pilot program with the Warren County Combined Health District and the Ohio Department of Health. According to Governor DeWine statements, data gathered in the pilot was a driving force behind this statewide change. Data collected in Warren County demonstrated that less than 3% of students with direct contact to COVID-19 in a school setting contracted the virus. As a district we have continued to advocate for our students and families and these recent statewide changes were a direct result of our advocacy work in Warren County.

  • 790 Warren County students were identified as direct contacts at school 
  • 457 Warren County students participated in the program
  • 335 Warren County students completed the 7-day program with negative tests and no symptoms
  • 106 Warren County students are still in the program 
  • 12 Warren County students (1 at LCS) had a positive test result after the first test (2.63% of program participants)
  • 4 Warren County students (0 at LCS) had a positive test result after the second test (0.88% of program participants)
  • 3,370 days of in-person learning were saved