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Oakwood City School District

Health Protocol

For the 2020 - 2021 school year, Oakwood Schools has developed procedures to keep our students, staff and community as safe as possible.  These procedures were created following current guidance from Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Procedures are subject to change based on updated guidance and orders from PHDMC, ODH and CDC.

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.

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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.

Please answer the following questions each morning before reporting to school

    1.  Have you been within 6 feet or less for at least 15 minutes of a person with a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva in the last 14 days?
Yes
No

     2.  Do you have any of these symptoms

  • 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

3.  Has public health advised you to get tested for COVID-19

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you need to stay home, call the school to report the absence and reason for absence, and contact your licensed health care provider for further instructions.

Notification Protocol

Oakwood Schools continues to work with officials at Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County regarding any positive cases in the District.  Information on how PHDMC outlines contact tracking can be found at https://www.phdmc.org/coronavirus-updates/364-what-is-contact-tracing

As referenced on the PHDMC website, "To prevent the further spread of disease, people who had contact with someone with COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19."

PHDMC and Oakwood Schools will follow the CDC definition of “close contact," which is any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.  

Following identification of a positive test in the District, Oakwood Schools will, with the support of PHDMC, begin an investigation to determine individuals who have had “close contact” or general exposure to the person with a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Only individuals determined to have had “close contact” or general exposure will receive a confidential email message alerting them to the situation and, if necessary, self quarantine information from PHDMC.  Individuals will be advised to follow the protocol for their designation.  The areas of the building in which the impacted individual spent time will be temporarily closed and sanitized.

Oakwood Schools will conduct its investigations as quickly as possible to determine accurate lists.  The District will also protect the privacy of individuals involved, as is required by law.

How to Self Quarantine

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County has provided the following guidance for those who have to self quarantine.

Please review the three-page document by clicking on the image below.

Cover of PHDMC guidance document

 

For information on how to self isolate, please review the following three-page document by clicking below.

Front page of self isolation guidelines from PHDMC

 

COVID Flow Chart Version 6

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.
    • 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 and self quarantine for 14 days
  • If a staff member or student tests negative for COVID-19 and is not exhibiting any symptoms, he or she will still need to quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.
  • Negative test results should be given to the school nurse 

Protocol for staff or student returning to school after having COVID - 19:

  • Staff member or student diagnosed as having COVID-19 with symptoms (symptomatic) must meet the following criteria to return to school:  
    • 10 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • No fever for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication
    •  Improvement in other symptoms
       
  • Staff member or student diagnosed as having COVID-19 without symptoms (asymptomatic) must meet the following criteria to return to school:
    • 10 days must have passed since negative test without any symptoms developing

Protocol for student returning to school after being sent home from school with COVID-19 symptoms (According to CDC guidelines)

  • 10 days since first symptoms appeared 
  • No fever for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication 
  • COVID 19 symptoms have improved 

Adapted from Guidelines for Montgomery County Schools Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, 2020.  Guidelines are subject to change due to updated requirements from health officials.