LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 40 students with Lebanon City Schools have been quarantined after two students tested positive for COVID-19.
Monday was the district’s first day back at school. Officials initially quarantined 21 students following the first student’s positive test. Wednesday, they announced an additional 20 high school students are quarantined after they were notified of the second positive test.
Superintendent Todd Yohey says this is the second day in a row that a student attended school prior to receiving the results of their COVID-19 test. Both students were asymptomatic. Based on the criteria for exposure, no staff members have been quarantined.
“I want to commend our staff for the rapid response in both of these cases. Our decision to hire our own contact tracer is proving to be the difference in waiting several days for notification. In both cases, we had all communications and quarantine information out within hours,” he said. “We learned from the health department today that testing facilities are supposed to inform people who get tested to isolate at home until they get their test results. We do not believe that happened in either of these cases. There simply cannot be a breakdown of this type of communication. It increases the risk to our students.”
The district is asking parents to assess their students each day and to keep them home if they have symptoms. They also urge employers to be flexible for those employees who need time off to stay home with a sick or quarantined child.