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Beginning Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Little Miami students identified as a direct contact of someone with COVID-19 in a school setting will be able to opt into the Mask to Stay quarantine option. 

Mask to Stay

Under Mask to Stay guidance, students can continue with in-person learning after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they do the following:

  • Wear a mask for at least 14 days after the initial exposure date
  • Self-monitor 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
  • Students and staff discontinue these procedures after seven days — if they meet two basic criteria: one – they do not develop symptoms, and two – they test negative between days 5-7

This new quarantine option only applies to those students exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting. Students exposed to COVID-19 outside of school should continue to follow standard quarantine guidelines.

**Little Miami will continue to notify families when they have a student who is a direct contact at school. Students who are a direct contact due to a school exposure have the choice to opt in to the Mask to Stay option or can still choose to quarantine at home.

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 able, 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 five and seven following the initial exposure.

  • Students discontinue these procedures after seven days if they test negative for the virus on days 5, 6, or 7 from their exposure.


View ODH Mask to Stay, Test to Play Guidance

 View ODH News Release


Testing Location Hours


7-8 AM and 2-3 PM

Testing Location

Little Miami Central Office

95 E US 22 & 3, Maineville OH  45039

mask to stay, test to play guidance flowchart

About the Ohio Test & Stay Pilot Program

10 Warren County school districts participated in a 4-week Test & Stay pilot program with the Warren County Combined Health District and with assistance from the Ohio Department of Health. Participating districts included Carlisle Local Schools, Clinton-Massie Local Schools, Franklin City Schools, Kings Local Schools, Lebanon City Schools, Little Miami, Mason City Schools, Monroe City Schools, Springboro, Wayne Local Schools, the Warren County Career Center and the Warren County Educational Service Center. During the pilot:

  • 790 Warren County students were identified as direct contacts at school (159 LM students)
  • 457 Warren County students participated in the program (84 LM students)
  • 335 Warren County students completed the 7-day program with negative tests and no symptoms (72 LM students)
  • 106 Warren County students are still in the program 
  • 12 Warren County students (1 LM student) had a positive test result after the first test (2.63% of program participants)
  • 4 Warren County students (3 LM students) had a positive test result after the second test (0.88% of program participants) 
  • 3,370 days of in-person learning were saved 

See full data report.

We are thrilled with the results of the Ohio Test & Stay Pilot Program, that were undoubtedly a framework for this new state-wide guidance!