Staying Safe During COVID-19
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff during the 2021–2022 academic year.
The information below explains the latest protocols for individuals who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the protocols have been revised as circumstances changed based on recommendations from the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our COVID Response Team has been meeting with the Cincinnati Health Department and attending meetings with the Ohio Department of Health in response to the recommendations from the Center of Disease Control for shortened quarantine periods for those with a positive test result, and for those who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Recently, the CDC announced changes to its guidance surrounding isolation for individuals testing positive for COVID and quarantines for individuals identified as close contacts. CDC guidance for quarantine and isolation.
ODH has also updated its "Mask to Stay; Test to Play" guidance for schools.
Under the new guidelines, the definition of fully vaccinated has been updated to include language around boosters and the time frame for quarantine and isolation has been updated from 10 to 5 days for certain individuals.
(Note: We are updating these guidelines — they will be posted as soon as possible.) Student Guidelines for Staying Safe During COVID-19
- Universal masking, regardless of vaccination status, is required when inside CPS buildings.
- This includes during work and school, as well as during afterschool programs, athletics, and extracurriculars.
COVID-19 Illness Hotline Team Ready to Help
Cincinnati Public Schools' COVID-19 Illness Hotline Team is focused on helping with all things pertaining to the pandemic within CPS.
The Hotline Team, part of CPS' Environmental Health and Safety Department, will be answering calls 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Friday, helping supervisors, principals, employees, and parents with COVID-19 questions.
Team members are experts on CPS' procedures on reporting illness, helping supervisors navigate through COVID-19 cases, and answering general COVID-19-related questions.
Reach the Hotline team at (513) 363-0527.