We will do our best to keep you apprised as things unfold. Given the rate that the local, state, and national COVID-19 situation is changing, we will endeavor to keep you as informed and up to date as possible. This page is designed to contain the latest information from the school and other resources of which we have been made aware.




Quarantined - 14 days is the length of time that anyone who has been in direct contact with someone who tests positive for the COVID-19 virus must quarantine as symptoms can start anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure.
Isolated - Individuals with symptoms who were screened and are at home, had a positive test or have a probable diagnosis.

*-all reportable positions including substitutes, tutors, coaches, etc.

Additional Definitions:

Suspect Case: Multiple symptoms present with no direct contact link and no confirmed laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2

Probable Case: Meets clinical criteria AND epidemiologic linkage with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2; OR meets presumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic linkage; OR meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV2.

Confirmed Case: Meets confirmatory laboratory evidence. NOTE: Asymptomatic infections are reportable as confirmed cases.

Active Case: An active COVID-19 case is an individual that has been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19 by Allen County Public Health. An active case also includes an individual who is still in isolation or still contagious, and someone who is epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case and showing symptoms.

Case Contact: Someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset OR someone who is within six feet for any amount of time and performing strenuous activity.

Exposure: Having come into contact with a case of a particular health problem.

Incubation Period: Period of time between exposure to an infection and onset of symptoms.

Isolation: The separation of a person reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

Quarantine: The separation of a person reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic from others who have not been so exposed to prevent the possible spread of the disease. Quarantines may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.

When should I keep my child home?

Students or staff with ANY high-risk COVID-19 symptom or TWO OR MORE low-risk COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and contact a healthcare provider.


  • Fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • New or worsened cough
  • Sore throat
  • New or worsened nasal congestion or runny nose


  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New or worsened fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting or diarrhea

REMEMBER: Students with a temperature of 100.4 F or higher should always stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

When to Return?

Positive TestCleared by the local public health department
Pending ResultsUntil results are known
Negative Test24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms
Not tested10 days after symptom onset and 24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms
Alternative diagnosis24+ hours without a fever and improved symptoms

What is the quarantine process?

  • If a student reports to the school clinic with COVID-like symptoms, St. Charles will send them home and encourage them to stay home until no symptoms are present.
  • In the event there is a positive COVID-19 case, Allen County Public Health will hold case contact interviews.
  • The ACPH determines if a case contact must quarantine, and the length of quarantine.
  • Allen County Public Health communicates all quarantines and timelines.
  • If the individual is on an athletic team or extra-curricular, depending on the number of cases or number of people exposed, a team or group will be required to quarantine.
  • If an athletic team is told to quarantine, the Athletic Director or Principal will send a letter to families with an estimated quarantine end dates for the team.
  • At this time the Lima Catholic Schools will be adopting the updated CDC guidance for a 10-day quarantine period.

How does St. Charles’s COVID-19 Notification process work?

  1. St. Charles receives a daily report from Allen County Public Health of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.
  2. St. Charles School will provide case notification to staff and parents in a specific classroom when there is a positive case. The school nurse will follow up with anyone considered to be a close contact.
  3. St. Charles School will provide a notification to all staff working in the building once every 24 hours each time a positive case is confirmed.
  4. St. Charles School will provide notification to all parents once every 24 hours each time a positive case is confirmed.
  5. Notification of positive cases in athletic, extra-curricular and co-curricular programs will be sent to impacted families.
  6. A COVID-19 Data Dashboard will be updated every Friday on the St. Charles Website with the number of active, positive cases, and the number of students quarantined beginning December 11.


  • If anyone is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Everyone should communicate postivie test results to the school nurse at 419-222-2536 ext. 1002
  • If ACPH calls you to determine close contacts, please answer their questions thoroughly and accurately.
  • St. Charles School will share as much information as possible when positive cases arise without disclosing protected health information under FERPA law.

What triggers the district to report a quarantine on the dashboard?

The quarantine numbers on the St. Charles dashboard are reported by ACPH and encompass all exposures regardless of where it took place.

Please review the full School Opening Plan & Orientation HERE