The Ohio Department of Health issued new guidance to school districts on March 10, 2022 regarding COVID-19.
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have dramatically dropped across the state, the Ohio Department of Health is easing requirements for case reporting by K-12 schools effective immediately.
School districts are no longer required to:
- Maintain a COVID-19 reporting system for parents to report positive COVID-19 cases.
- Have a designated COVID-19 coordinator for the district.
- Notify parents of positive COVID-19 cases among staff, students, or coaches.
- Report positive cases of COVID-19 to their local health department unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive.
Despite the ease in requirements, we will continue to keep the following health and safety protocols in place for the remainder of the school year. Those protocols include:
- Hand sanitizer is available in all classrooms and common areas of the District.
- Buildings, classrooms, bathrooms, buses and other high traffic areas are cleaned thoroughly throughout the day.
- Personal portable desk shields are available for students upon request.
- Face masks remain optional in school buildings.
We encourage families to talk with their family healthcare provider – or visit the Lake County General Health District’s website - for updated information on vaccines, vaccine clinics or vaccination opportunities throughout the area.
Lastly, we still request that parents and guardians check their child(ren) for symptoms before coming to school each day. If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (or any illness) please stay home and seek guidance from a primary health care provider.