Vaccines, consistent and correct mask use and distancing are still factors that will be considered in mandated contact tracing and required quarantines/isolations. Mandatory quarantines were the single biggest disrupter to our students’ attendance and participation in activities last school year.
The current quarantine guidelines from PHDMC state students or staff who are exposed to a person with COVID-19 in a classroom setting do not need to quarantine if:
- All parties were consistently and correctly wearing masks
- All parties were spaced at least three feet apart.
Fully vaccinated individuals (two weeks or more following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks more following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine) with exposure to someone with COVID-19 are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure. Proof of vaccination will be required, if asked, as part of contact tracing.
Quarantine will be required if:
- Individual is not fully vaccinated
- Masks were not consistently and correctly worn
- Parties were less than three feet apart
If “close contact” exposure occurred in the classroom, parties will be required to quarantine for 10 days. If “close contact” exposure occurs with a person living in your home or while participating in sports or other extra curricular activities, a 14-day quarantine is required.
Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms
Information distributed by Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County
based on CDC Guidelines
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Each day before arriving at school, families should conduct student wellness checks, including temperature checks. Staff will also conduct wellness checks prior to coming to school.
Students or staff members with temperatures over 100°F should stay home and report the absence and reason for the absence to school.
These procedures were created following current guidance from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and the Ohio Department of Health. Procedures are subject to change based on updated guidance and orders from PHDMC and ODH.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) does not currently recommend schools conduct symptom screening for all students in grades K-12 on a routine or daily basis.
Families, care givers or guardians should be strongly encouraged to monitor their students for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.
Students who are sick should not attend school.
*Adapted from Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Oakwood Schools will follow the Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County orders regarding notification of a positive case within Oakwood Schools.
From the K-12 Student Quarantine Classroom Guidance from PHDMC:
Schools are required to notify Public Health of all positive cases and those indicated below within 24 hours of becoming aware of a student, teacher, staff member or coach who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The parents/guardians of all students in a school where there has been a positive case, must be notified in writing in the following ways:
- Written notification of a positive test or case shall be sent to the parents or guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity during the COVID-19 infectious period of a student, teacher, staff member or coach.
- Written notification shall also be provided to all parents or guardians of students at the school building notifying them of a positive result. This notification may be made using email or an established website.
Oakwood Schools Protocol
Protocol for dealing with staff or student who begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day:
- They will immediately be isolated (placed in a separate room, monitored by school staff maintaining social distancing and wearing PPE).
- Staff members will be sent home with a recommendation to follow up with their licensed health care provider for further guidance.
- For a student, the primary contact will be notified to immediately pick up student(s).
- 911 will be called to transport anyone with severe symptoms of COVID-19 to a healthcare facility.
- In the event 911 is called, the school will try to call ahead to alert hospital staff the person may have COVID-19.
Protocol for learning staff or student tests positive for COVID-19:
- As soon as the school is aware of a staff member or student who has tested positive for COVID-19, the school will contact PHDMC to report the case and follow their recommendations.
- A positive case will prompt a case investigation resulting in needed information on potential close contacts.
- The school district will cooperate with PHDMC in contact tracing to identify close contacts of the case of COVID-19.
- Definition of close contact: someone within 6 ft. of a case for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period.
- Contact tracing will include communication with teachers and staff, updated attendance records, seating charts, and updated contact/phone numbers for parents.
- Staff and/or students who meet the definition of close contact will be notified of the exposure and recommended to notify their licensed health care provider. District quarantine guidelines will be followed.
Adapted from K-12 Student Quarantine Classroom Guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change due to updated requirements from health officials.