Mary Alice Reporting – The Tuscarawas County Health Department has announced a change in the guidance for school districts when it comes to quarantines.

Effective on Monday, October 18th, the update is for any children who experience exposure to COVID-19 outside of their place of residence, meaning that they are not residing with a person who is currently positive for COVID-19, they may now remain in the classroom setting during the quarantine period at the discretion of the school district and the request of the parent or guardian. 

To remain in class, the student must wear a facial covering for the full 14 days following the exposure and remain symptom-free, regardless of vaccination status.

The student will also be barred from participating in any extra-curricular activities during that time period; however, if a school district determines it beneficial to participate, the student may do so while wearing a facial covering and maintaining a safe distance.

These changes, according to the Health Department, impact only those districts physically located within their jurisdiction, so the New Philadelphia School would be exempt as they report to their city health department.

In addition, the department encourages those eligible to consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

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