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Oakwood Schools COVID-19 Plans

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Oakwood Schools is committed to providing quality learning opportunities for all students in a safe environment within the District’s means.   

On this page, you will find information detailing the Oakwood Schools COVID-19 Plans.  All of the documents and the video presentation are meant to work together to provide families, students, staff and the community a look at the plan.

 

Notifying of COVID-19 Positive or Close Contact Exposure

If your student tests positive for COVID-19:


Step 1:  Notify Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County at 937-225-6217, according to current state guidelines.

Step 2:  Notify Oakwood Schools.  Go to the COVID-19 Notification Form and complete the form. An Oakwood Schools staff member will contact you with further instructions.

If your student has been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive:


Step 1:  Notify Oakwood Schools.
Go to the COVID-19 Notification Form and complete the form. An Oakwood Schools staff member will contact you with further instructions.

Vaccine Information

Clinics for Children

Dayton Children's is holding vaccine clinics for children 5-11: 

Dayton Children’s main campus, One Children’s Plaza, Dayton
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Dayton Children’s south campus, 3333 W Tech Rd, Miamisburg
Tuesday, Thursday - 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Families should visit Ohio’s Vaccine Management Solution to make appointments at any one of Dayton Children's clinics.

 

Vaccines and Boosters

To find vaccine and booster availability, visit Vaccines.gov.  Enter your zip code and what you are looking for and you will be provided a list of options and appointments.

Vaccine.Gov

Dr. Mezoff Answers Parent Questions

Symptoms/Testing

In Oakwood, there has been a significant increase in the number of students with strep throat, colds, allergies and COVID-19. The symptoms of these illnesses are similar with red injected eyes, fever, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, headache, muscle aches and general fatigue. Health experts say the only symptom that may distinguish COVID-19 from a nasty cold or strep throat is the loss of taste or smell.  Not all individuals with COVID-19 will lose their taste or smell.

The only "definitive way" to know the difference between a nasty cold, strep throat or a mild breakthrough infection of COVID-19 is by testing.

Regardless of the diagnosis, health experts urge those who are feeling unwell to stay home and follow public health strategies practiced throughout the pandemic such as masking and good hand hygiene.

Testing Information:
Wright Library has rapid antigen COVID tests available for free.  Call 937-294-7171 and the librarian will bring aCOVID test to you car or can pick up one at the counter. 

Other options:
CVS

Statewide Testing Centers  

Isolation Information:

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-like symptoms and are awaiting test results, please follow the home isolation instructions from PHDMC to prevent the disease from spreading to other people in your home and community.

Weekly Dashboard

COVID Data 12-6

Oakwood Schools COVID dashboard will be posted each Monday, starting Aug. 23.  

To review notifications and procedures, please visit our COVID-19 Notification page

Quarantine Policy 2021

In Classroom Settings
Updated Oct. 27, 2021

Ohio Department of Health updated its quarantine guidance for in-school exposure only Oct. 25, 2021. “Eligibility to participate in mask to stay/test to play is contingent on the exposure being in the school setting or school-related activities. This does not apply to household exposures or exposures outside of the school setting or school-related activities.(K-12 Schools Quarantine Alternative - Mask to Stay, Test to Play, Oct. 25, 2021

Mask to Stay 
Direct contacts*, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following: 

● Wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure. 
● Self-monitor**, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19. 
● Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity). 
● Consistent with guidance for others quarantining in lower-risk environments, students and staff may discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven day, if they don’t develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7. 

*Direct contacts - Individuals who are identified as being directly exposed to COVID-19 by the positive case. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and does not require physical contact to spread. It is spread through sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing. These factors should be considered when determining level of exposure and direct contacts. Best practice for distancing is 3 ft with everyone masked, 6 ft if individuals are not masked. 

**Parents and students are responsible for symptom monitoring. School nurses or staff see a child exhibiting symptoms, they should act accordingly. 

Test to Play
Asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following: 

● Wear a mask when able. (This includes while in school transportation, in locker rooms sitting/standing on the sidelines and any time the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity or create a safety hazard.) 
● Test* on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19 and receive negative test results.
● Test* again on days 5-7. If test results are negative at this time, the individual will test out of quarantine. 

*Testing can be completed with PCR or antigen tests. Testing must be proctored/observed by someone and cannot be an over-the-counter, at-home test that is self-administered without a proctor.

Test to Play Tips

Mask Policy 2021

(As of Aug. 1, 2021)

Adult-Student Interactions & Student-Student Interactions

  • At Smith, Harman & Lange:
    • Due to the unavailability of vaccines for this age group, students and staff will be required to wear masks in school buildings and school vehicles.
    • Individuals taking part in outside activities and events are not required to wear masks as long as social distancing is maintained as much as possible.
    • Six weeks after the availability of vaccines for children under 12 years of age, mask wearing will be highly recommended, but not required.
    • We know there may be students, families and/or staff who believe it is in their best interest to continue to wear a mask after it is no longer required.  Mask wearing will be acceptable and supported.  
    • It is up to each of us to manage this decision for ourselves and our families as well as the consequences and benefits of those choices.  
       
  • At JH & HS:
    • Due to the availability of vaccines for this age group, mask wearing will be highly recommended, but not required, in school buildings.
    • We know there may be students, families and/or staff who believe it is in their best interest to wear a mask.  Mask wearing will be acceptable and supported. 
    • It is up to each of us to manage this decision for ourselves and our families as well as  the consequences and benefits of those choices.  
       
  • In School Vehicles:
    • Students of all ages and all staff members will be required to wear masks while being transported in school vehicles as required by federal order.
       
  • During extracurricular activities:
    • District will continue to follow OHSAA guidelines and will implement future decisions as necessary.
    • Clubs and co-curricular activities will follow each building’s and/or advisor’s guidance.

Adult-Adult Interactions

  • Adults interacting with other adults on school premises are highly encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.
  • If in the presence of students required by the District to wear masks, adults will be required to wear masks while in buildings and school vehicles.

Layers of Protection

  • Cleaning
    • Our service staff has elevated the level of cleaning and disinfecting throughout our District facilities during the last 17 months per best practices and guidance from the CDC.  We believe those cleaning regiments from our custodians meet and exceed expectations of surface cleaning and sanitation.  Additional cleaning and sanitation will be conducted as needed.
  • Social distancing
    • District will work to maximize social distance with the goal of maintaining at least three feet of social distance wherever possible.
  • Additional layers of protection
    • District will continue to utilize air purifiers in classrooms and offices.
    • Hand washing and proper cough/sneeze etiquette will be reinforced.
    • Students and staff are strongly encouraged to stay home when feeling ill.
    • Water bottle filling stations will remain the sole source of drinking water for students and staff.  Drinking fountains will remain inoperable.
    • Volunteer and visitor access will continue to be restricted.

The District will continue to monitor guidance, regulations, recommendations and mandates from PHDMC, Ohio Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control for future guidance and possible changes to the above procedures.

Student in mask on chromebook
Harman students in masks putting gloves and hats in box
AcaDec team members with masks in library
Smith students in masks making valentines

Email Notifications

Make sure you are receiving all necessary communications directed to specific buildings and district wide by updating your Messages account.

For step-by-step directions, visit our Email Mailing List page. 

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