The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced a new statewide quarantine option, “Mask to Stay, Test to Play.” This voluntary, alternative quarantine option is a result of growing national experience, as well as the Warren County Pilot Program our district helped lead. These guidelines help keep healthy students learning in school and participating in the activities they enjoy. These guidelines are yet another step in ensuring that our students remain in school, in person, with their educators and classmates - a crucial component for any student’s mental wellness and academic success.
The goal of the quarantine option is to keep PreK-12 students in school, in-person five days a week. We believe that in-person learning is very important for children’s development. When school districts follow layered prevention strategies, including vaccination for staff and eligible students, strongly recommending masks, and social distancing, it helps slow the spread of the virus and allows students to stay in school consistently.
Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option Eligibility
Students that meet the following criteria are eligible for the program:
1. Student meets the direct contact definition
2. Student does not have COVID-19 symptoms
Direct Contact - Those individuals who are identified as being directly exposed to a person with COVID-19. In schools and at school-related activities, a direct contact is defined as an unmasked, unvaccinated individual within three (3) feet of the person with COVID-19 for at least fifteen (15) minutes.
NOTE - IF YOUR STUDENT IS NEVER DEEMED A DIRECT CONTACT IN SCHOOL OR AT A SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITY, THEN THE MASK TO STAY/TEST TO PLAY QUARANTINE OPTION WOULD NEVER APPLY TO YOU.
My Student Has Been Identified as a Direct Contact, Now What?
In the event your student has been deemed a direct contact, you will be contacted by a school building or district nurse. You will be made aware that your student has been deemed a direct contact, told that you will be receiving a quarantine letter (via email), per standard protocol, then asked if you would like for your student to voluntarily opt-in to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option. If you do not wish to do so, then you will follow standard district quarantine protocols that have been in place all school year. If you do elect to participate, you will be put in contact with Judy Striebel, RN (See "Registered Nurse Contact Info") about the next steps, which includes a consent form to be filled out by the parent/caregiver.
Requirements to Opt-In to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option
In order to offer this quarantine option, we must follow the requirements below:
The Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option only applies to students who are direct contacts due to exposure at school or a school-sponsored activity exposure, NOT through a community exposure or from home.
Parents/Caregivers must sign the consent agreement and agree to only use the tests provided in the quarantine option. No tests from outside providers will be permitted.
Any student participating in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option must wear a multi-layer surgical style mask that will be provided, for the entire duration of the alternative quarantine option period. On day eight (8), following the last day of exposure, the student defaults to their school building’s masking policy. If you have a student who cannot wear a mask for any reason, this student will not be eligible for the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option. Additionally, if your student has a mask exemption, the student will not be eligible for the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option, unless the mask exemption is rescinded.
While in the quarantine option, and under quarantine, students could have a separate lunch location to maintain social distancing (6 feet apart). This is due to the fact that the student is still considered under “quarantine,” based on the ODH pilot guidelines.
Families whose student has been identified as a direct contact, in school or at a school-related activity, will have the option to participate in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option to stay in school, or they may quarantine for 10 days at home. As a part of the quarantine option, parents of students will have the option to have their child tested at home, using an ODH provided Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Test kit (See "At-Home Test Kits" below for more info).
In order to test at home, a telehealth session will be required to oversee test administration and result reporting. If a student becomes ill during the quarantine option, the student will no longer participate in the option and will default to home isolation/quarantine.
Mask to Stay
Under Mask to Stay, students can continue with in-person learning after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting or school-related activity if they do the following:
- Wear a mask for at least 14 days after the initial exposure date
- Self-monitor and/or have a parent monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
- Isolate and get tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of the severity of symptoms
Under Mask to Stay, students discontinue the quarantine procedures after seven (7) days if they don't develop any symptoms and if they test negative for the virus on days 5, 6, or 7 from their exposure.
Test to Play
Test to Play permits students to participate in extracurricular activities after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they:
- Wear a mask when not otherwise actively participating (such as while on a team bus, in the locker room or while on the sidelines or bench)
- Get tested for COVID-19 once they learn they were exposed to the virus
- Test again between days 5 and 7 following the initial exposure
Under Test to Play, students discontinue the quarantine procedures after seven (7) days if they test negative for the virus on days 5, 6, or 7 from their exposure.
Springboro Schools will continue to notify families when they have a child who is a direct contact at school. Families will be given the option to choose between the standard 10-day quarantine or the Mask to Stay/Test to Play option. Students who are a direct contact due to an in-school or school-related activity exposure, can voluntarily opt-in to the new “Mask to Stay” option, if the family chooses to do so. If a family instead chooses the standard 10-day quarantine at home, they should report their student’s quarantine absence per standard building protocol. Again, if your student is never deemed a direct contact in school or at a school-related activity, then the “Mask to Stay” quarantine option would never apply to you.
Registered Nurse Contact Info
Springboro Schools has hired a Registered Nurse (RN) through the generosity of the Warren County Commissioners. This RN will be working in the EduCare Building (3rd Floor), between 8am-4pm (M-F), located directly between Springboro Junior High and Springboro High School (3-Story Building on the Back Side of the Home Football Bleachers at Watkins Stadium)
937-557-1950 (Direct Line) or 937-748-3960, ext. 6502
EduCare Building - 3rd Floor
1629 S. Main St.
Springboro, OH 45066
Hours, 8:00am - 4:00pm (M-F)
Judy will be working closely with Springboro Schools' District Nurse Bronwyn Patterson, 937-748-6054, and our school building nurses.
At-Home Test Kits (Telehealth Session)
ODH has provided our district with Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Test kits. Families will be able to come to the EduCare Building (3rd Floor) and have their student be provided a test by Judy Striebel, RN. Families who have opted-in to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option will be able to test their child at home, and use a telehealth session to oversee test administration and result reporting. All families using the at-home test kit should follow the Ohio Department of Health User Guide: Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test Kit – User Guide.
Please take some time to make yourself familiar with the documents below that outline the standard operating procedures and press release related to the "Mask to Stay/Test to Play" quarantine option:
ODH Releases Updated School Quarantine Guidance
Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option