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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.

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Dr. Mezoff Answers Parent Questions

District Revises Quarantine Protocol

After reviewing updated guidance regarding COVID-19 quarantine from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health, and Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, District leaders continue to revise quarantine protocol.  See the latest information below.

Quarantine Policy 2021

In Classroom Settings
Updated Dec. 30, 2021

Ohio Department of Health updated its quarantine guidance Dec. 30, 2021.  Those guidelines include:

  • If you test positive test:  Stay home for at least five days.  You may return after five days if symptoms have ended.
  • If you are close/direct contact to a case outside of school and you are fully vaccinated:  You can continue to attend school, test on the fifth day after exposure.
  • If you are close/direct contact to a case outside of school and you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated:  You should stay home for five days, test after fifth day, return if negative.
  • If you are close/direct contact to a case in school (regardless of vaccination status), you are eligible to participate in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play protocol and remain in school as long as you are asymptomatic.

Fully Vaccinated: means you have received both the first and second dose of the vaccine within the last six months or the booster. You are also exempt from quarantine if you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

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, Dec. 30, 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 10 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).

*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.

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/covid-19-fact-sheet-k-12-exposure-and-quarantine-flow-chart.pdf

Reference Material

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

Self-Screening Tool

Digital thermometer

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.

When to keep kids home

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

Notification Procedures as of 12-6-2021

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.

To meet these requirements, Oakwood Schools will email information to the families of ALL students and and to all staff in the same building or participating in the same extracurricular activities as the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.  As of Dec. 6, 2021, general exposure letters will no longer only be sent to classroom or grade-level specific groups.  

In addition, daily updates will be posted to the District website for any day a positive case is recorded.  The District COVID dashboard will be updated each Monday, as required.

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.