Per ODH orders, schools are required to report and notify parents/guardians and local health departments when a student, teacher, staff member, or coach test positive for COVID-19. The order also states that parents and guardians are encouraged to notify their school no later than 24 hours after receiving a confirmed diagnosis.
We intend to communicate with you via emailed letters and automated phone calls when there is a positive case of COVID-19 in your child's school, classroom, bus, or extra-curricular program.
If your child was “exposed” (within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 individual for a total of 15 minutes) and needs quarantined, you will receive a telephone call from the school or from the health department and a letter containing specific quarantine dates will also be sent to you via email.
Remember, being quarantined does not indicate that a student has been infected. It is the means in which we protect others from spreading the disease and hopefully knock this pandemic out. Your school district is doing exactly what is expected of us. In fact, we are doing more than expected because we are doing our own contact tracing to speed up the process. 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.
We continue to remind our families to conduct daily health screenings and your child should stay if they show any symptoms. This only works if we err on the side of caution and follow CDC, ODH, and FDH guidelines. Those with symptoms should stay home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, 24 hours fever free (without medication), and all symptoms should be improving unless released by a health professional.