How many students are quarantining in your Greater Columbus school district?

Megan Henry
The Columbus Dispatch
School nurse Deb Strouse, left, helps fourth-grader Isaiah Coleman adjust his mask on the first day of school for Woodcrest Elementary, Columbus City Schools' only year-round program on July 29.

School districts are quarantining students and staff members, depending on their exposure to COVID-19.

The Ohio Department of Health released quarantine guidelines for those who have been exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting on Oct. 25.

Students and staff can stay in schools after an in-school COVID-19 exposure as long as they wear a mask for 14 days after their last day of exposure, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate and get tested if they start to experience COVID-19 symptoms.

This differs from ODH's previous guidelines on Aug. 5 where school quarantines were determined by a person's vaccination status and if the exposed person was correctly wearing a mask.

"Quarantine in the face of high rates of transmission and hospitalization like we’re seeing now remains an important part of our public health response to COVID-19," said Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. "But out of school quarantine has the unintended consequence of reducing in-school learning and can place added strains on our students, our parents, schools and our local health departments."

Students can also participate in extracurricular activities if they wear a mask, with exceptions for activities where distancing and masking are difficult, and test negative on two proctored tests: the first on the day of exposure and a second taken between five and seven days after exposure.

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Greater Columbus school districts with students in quarantine

Listed here are all public-school districts in Franklin County and some from surrounding counties, and the number of people in each district who are in quarantine. This information was taken from each school districts website or from a district spokesperson and will be updated weekly on Friday afternoons.*

Bexley: Data not immediately available.

Columbus: 939 students in quarantine, 221 staff in quarantine — data from Jan. 13-19.

24,606 students, 1,964 staff (cumulative) in quarantine from Aug. 26-Jan. 19.

Canal Winchester: 97 students, 6 staff had a close contact — data from Jan. 10-14.

Dublin: Data not immediately available.

Gahanna Jefferson: 41 students and staff with a close contact that stayed at home, 33 students and staff with a close contact that stayed at school — data from Jan. 14-20.

Grandview Heights: Data not immediately available.

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Hamilton: Data not immediately available.

Hilliard: Data not immediately available.

New Albany-Plain: Data not immediately available.

Olentangy: 49 reported quarantines — data as of Jan 14.

Pickerington: 0 students, 0 staff quarantine — data from Jan. 8-14. 

2,057 total quarantines from Aug. 14 through Jan. 14.

Reynoldsburg: Data not immediately available.

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South Western: 4,098 student close contact exposures, 32 staff close contact exposures — data from Jan. 10-14.

Upper Arlington: Data not immediately available.

500 quarantines (cumulative) from Aug. 20 through Oct. 15.

Westerville: Data not immediately available.

Whitehall: Data not immediately available.

Worthington: 307 students, 22 staff in quarantine — data from Jan. 21.

Not all school districts provide cumulative data.

*Last updated: 10:45 a.m. p. Jan 21.