As we started back to school for 2022-23, the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board all updated their COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools. Our schools are following that guidance. The district receives regular updates from CCBH and ODH.
We continue to monitor our case data, report positive cases to the CCBH as required and send classroom notifications to families to let them know of their child’s potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 so they can watch for symptoms. Each of these notifications asks families to keep their students home if they are ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and to notify the principal right away if their child tests positive.
In accordance with current guidance, students and staff members who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 5 days. They may return to school after 5 days (provided they are fever-free without medication) and wear a mask for the next 5 days. The school principals will provide the dates of isolation and when students can return to school when families call the school to report positive test results.
Students or staff members who are close contacts of a person who tests positive do not need to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms for at least 10 days.
Our schools are continuing to encourage proper hand washing and/or sanitizing and respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes) to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
Some students and staff members who do not have COVID are electing to wear masks regularly during the school day for an added layer of protection from COVID-19 while transmission rates remain high in Cuyahoga County.