K-12 School COVID-19 Resources

On March 1, 2024, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted streamlined recommendations for dealing with common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19. As a part of this guidance, CDC and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) continue to recommend core prevention strategies such as staying up to date on vaccinations, practicing good hygiene, taking steps for cleaner air, and staying home when sick.

In community settings, individuals may return to normal activities if symptoms have improved for 24 hours AND, if a fever is present, at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Persons resuming normal activities should continue precautions for the next 5 days to help reduce transmission, including:

    • Ensure good respiratory and hand hygiene.
    • Wear a well-fitting mask when around other people, if able. Avoid crowded settings.
    • Consider taking an antigen test; a positive test typically indicates that a person can spread the virus to other. This information could help inform individual decision about activities (e.g. potential risk when protecting people at increased risk of severe illness).

This updated guidance does not apply to healthcare settings.

Resource Documents

For technical assistance, questions and concerns on COVID-19 guidance, outbreak investigation and prevention strategies, please send an email to schools@franklincountyohio.gov. Emails will be monitored Monday thru Friday, 7:30am to 4pm with holidays being an exception.