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Mask Update 1-1-2022

In an effort to keep our students in school and able to learn, our staff as safe as possible, and contribute in a positive way to the health of the community, Oakwood Schools will be requiring all students (PK - 12th grade) and staff to wear masks in all buildings during school hours effective immediately through Jan. 30 (19 school days).

After reviewing various recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Health Department, area health professionals, Dayton Children’s Hospital, the Governor’s office and our nursing team, and considering the District’s need for subs and our current sub shortage, and the foreseeable uptick in cases, requiring masks for all students and staff is the best option for our District at this time.

We believe requiring masks, along with students and staff implementing “multiple prevention strategies” as outlined by the CDC, will help assure we remain in school, in-person five-days a week.  

In order to promote safe in-person learning, Oakwood Schools will, in addition to requiring masks, encourage students and staff:

  • To get vaccinated and boosted

  • To practice social distancing to the extent possible

  • To follow hand washing and respiratory etiquette

  • To stay home when sick and get tested as necessary

  • To follow recommended quarantine and isolation guidelines

While no one wants to increase restrictions, we believe requiring masks is an effective tool we can all use as we face the increase in the current spread of COVID-19.  We will continue to evaluate the situation in our area and our hope is to move to masks being optional for all students and staff after this brief period of time.

In addition to temporarily requiring all students and staff to wear masks in school buildings during school hours, Oakwood Schools will be adopting the updated CDC and Ohio Department of Health quarantine guidelines.  Those guidelines require anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, to isolate for at least five days.  Isolation may end on the sixth day if the person “consistently wears a mask for the next five days.”  

ODH has also updated its “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play” guidelines regarding individuals who come into direct contact in a school setting with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to current ODH guidelines, “direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following:

  • Wear a mask for 10 days after last date of exposure

  • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19

  • Isolate and get tested if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level or severity)”

We hope these additional layers of protection will allow us to keep healthy kids in school and sick students at home to recover, maintain in-person classes, continue extra curricular activities (games, matches, concerts, and field trips), and help curb this spike in COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding of these latest changes.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Kyle Ramey, Superintendent