LEBANON, Ohio — Lebanon City Schools announced that 52 total students have been asked to quarantine after a third student tested positive for COVID-19.
The district learned at the end of school Friday that a high school student tested positive. Eleven students were then quarantined, including two siblings and three students who had gone out for dinner with the student.
"Again, we remind parents to assess your students every day and please keep them home if they have a fever or any symptoms related to COVID-19," read a statement posted on the district's Facebook page.
Lebanon City Schools welcomed 4,500 students back to class starting Monday with parents choosing to send their children to school in-person or opt for online instruction. On Tuesday, the district's first positive COVID-19 case was confirmed, followed by a second case on Wednesday.
Those cases prompted the district to quarantine 20 students on Tuesday and 21 more on Wednesday. No teachers or staff members have had to quarantine at this time.
The district also said by employing its own contact tracers, results of tests and quarantines can happen faster and more efficiently.
"What would take the health department 2-3 days to complete, we are completing in 2-3 hours, thus, protecting more students. We expected positive cases and we expected the quarantine of students. There will be future cases and future quarantines," the statement read.