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COVID-19 information and updates
Posted on 08/30/2021
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COVID-19 safety precautions remain a priority in our daily happenings.

General information

Custodians and maintenance staff will place emphasis on sanitization of school buildings, adhering to cleaning guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Masks

Masks are currently required for students in preschool to sixth grade. Students in seventh to 12th grades are not required to wear masks, as this age group is eligible for the COVID vaccination.

We still strongly recommend that grades 7-12 wear masks. Masks are also required on public transportation.

Elyria Schools works closely with health officials at Lorain County Public Health, who have diligently kept the county's school districts apprised of all emerging developments and any changing guidelines pertaining to COVID safety.

Feeling ill?

Students and staff should not come to school if they are showing ANY signs of illness, such as headache or fever, cough, sneezing, shortness of breath, stomachache, etc.

This cannot be overemphasized: Please do not come to school if you are feeling ill.

The CDC provides excellent guidance on symptoms of illness and symptoms of COVID-19.

Hygiene

We emphasize good hand hygiene as one of the leading defenses against the transmission of COVID 19.

Health officials continue touting the benefits of "layering" prevention strategies to slow the spread of illness.

These layers include vaccinations, masks if unvaccinated, hand washing, distancing when possible, attention to cleaning and ventilation, and most importantly, daily self wellness checks and staying home when sick.

COVID-19 and its variants are not the only illnesses impacting children and families.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends vaccinating children against vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC provides resources for parents in tracking vaccination schedules for children under the age of 18.

More information

The CDC created a flow chart that illustrates what typically happens in the school setting when a student or staff member becomes ill at school.

These procedures closely mirror the process the district has followed since the start of the pandemic.

Elyria Schools employs five full-time nurses and several health aides that are integrally involved in the overall health and wellness work of the district, and certainly with COVID-19 protocols.

Classroom teachers are with students all throughout the day and are typically the first to notice symptoms of illness in the classroom. When that happens, students are assessed by the school nurse, health aide or school administrator and next steps are determined.

If school staff members are notified of a positive COVID-19 case within the school, the nurse and administrative team begin tracing any possible contacts in the classroom setting that may meet the CDC's definition of a "close contact."

Our school nurses and district administration will follow the Ohio Department of Health guidance for tracing classroom contacts and making decisions on quarantines. This process is detailed by ODH in a flowchart on the agency's website.

Please note in the ODH flowchart: Students and staff who are vaccinated or wearing masks are less likely to be impacted by quarantines in a close contact situation.

School families will continue to be notified when a positive COVID-19 case happens their child's classroom or school. The ODH will continue to record cases in Ohio and publish the information by district on its website.

Prevention strategies are key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and that work begins at home.

Please monitor your family's health and wellness at home and do not attend school if any symptoms of illness are present.

ODH COVID-19 dashboard

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has posted a state-wide dashboard to provide public access to Ohio's most recent data reported to ODH about COVID-19 cases.

The site is searchable by county and includes a tab for schools.

The link can be accessed here.