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Positive cases are reported based on when they are received by the district.

Students or Staff Positive IN Buildings 
An individual who attended school or an extracurricular activity within 48 hours of a positive test or onset of symptoms

Students or Staff Positive NOT IN Building 
An individual who was not in a school building or attended an extracurricular activity within 48 hours of a positive test or onset of symptoms

10/22/21 - 10/28/21

Students in buildings: 9

Students not in buildings: 0

Staff in buildings: 3

Staff not in buildings: 1


Close Contact Students and Staff
That Stayed at Home: 17

Close Contact Students and Staff
That Stayed at School: 75


BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits

We will continue to distribute BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits while supplies last. These test kits can be used to detect an active COVID-19 infection.

You may request kits for:

  • The number of students you have enrolled in Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in your household
  • Up to 2 parents/guardians per household
  • The number of GJPS staff in your household

Kits are available for pick up after completing the Rapid Test Request Form at the GJPS Administration Building, 160 S. Hamilton Road. Please ring the bell inside the front door for service.

Confirmation emails will NOT be sent.

While Supplies Last
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Rapid Test Request Form


Email Update
October 18, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

Guidance on managing COVID-19 within our schools is updated regularly and is impacted both by Ohio law and public health recommendations. Our focus has been on keeping students in school, in-person, five days each week, and we remain committed to that goal while also following any applicable laws and maintaining rigorous health and safety practices.

A new Ohio law (Ohio House Bill 244) recently took effect and requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated students to be treated equally with regard to close contacts, quarantines and school activities. Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has modified its recommendations to align with this law, and GJPS now is required to revise notification information as follows:

  • Unless FCPH issues a quarantine order to your child, the decision to self-quarantine is left to the parent or guardian.
  • GJPS staff will provide the appropriate FCPH self-quarantine letter to close contacts.
  • If your child does not self-quarantine and returns to school after receiving notice of being a direct contact, the district requires the following for a 14-day period after the date of last exposure:
  1. The student must wear a face mask indoors during the school day and during indoor athletics/extra-curricular activities.
  2. Parents/guardians are urged to conduct daily symptom checks at home.

In addition, it is recommended that direct contacts test for COVID-19 on day five or after following exposure.

Our masking requirements for students remain in place, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, parents/guardians of students experiencing symptoms outlined in the child participation algorithm should keep their students home.

Building principals and teachers will do all they can to support families who must keep kids home for quarantine. Our work to carefully monitor positive cases and understand spread in our schools will continue. Our COVID-19 Task Force will watch our district data closely and have ongoing conversations about the best next steps for our students.

We understand this is complicated and creates burdens for families, and our school nursing team will support our families through this process as we are able.


Steve Barrett
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Related Documents

Child In-Person Participation Algorithm: Guidance for daily home-based screening


     2021-22 COVID-19 UPDATE ARCHIVE  

Masks Are Optional

Masks Are Optional

Date: 2/16/2022

Starting February 17, 2022, masks will be optional but encouraged in all PK-12 school buildings and offices.

Mask Requirement Update

Mask Requirement Update

Date: 2/11/2022

While we have not yet met the threshold numbers we established that would enable masks to be optional at school, we are getting closer each week

A Busy Year for School Nurses

A Busy Year for School Nurses

Date: 11/18/2021

Our GJPS school nurses are doing all they can to keep our school community safe and healthy.

New Quarantine Information for Families

New Quarantine Information for Families

Date: 10/18/2021

A letter from Superintendent Barrett outlining new Franklin County Public Health quarantine guidelines.

GLHS Mask Update

GLHS Mask Update

Date: 8/27/2021

Message from Superintendent Barrett about masking at GLHS.

New ODH Quarantine Guidelines

New ODH Quarantine Guidelines

Date: 8/9/2021

A message from Superintendent Barrett regarding new quarantine guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health.

Back to School 2021-22 Mask Protocols

Back to School 2021-22 Mask Protocols

Date: 8/2/2021

GJPS mask requirements for the start of the 2021-22 school year.