COVID 19 and School Updates

Update as of 1/3/2022

As always, we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. We are monitoring these numbers closely – and will act accordingly with any information presented to us.

For now, we are moving forward with classes. As a result, we need to ensure that the following guideline is followed 100% of the time.

  • Universal masking, regardless of vaccination status, is required when inside any school building.
  • This includes during work and school, as well as during afterschool programs, athletics, and extracurriculars.
If you see someone not following this rule, it is your responsibility to immediately say something to that person. If you have mentioned something to someone multiple times and they are not following the rule, please report them to the HR Department hr@dohncincy.org and I will follow up with them.

Isolation and Quarantine Period – (Attendance During COVID)
  • On December 27th the CDC released revised guidelines for isolation for the public about COVID-19.
  • Our school plans to follow these guidelines as we move forward.

(In addition to seeing the guidelines below, you can also find them on the CDC website here)

 

If YOU Test Positive for COVID-19
  • Isolate – this goes for EVERYONE – regardless of vaccination status.
  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

If you have had the booster shot
       OR
Have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
       OR
have completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months
  • There is no need to isolate or not come to work if you fall under these guidelines
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.
If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
       OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
       OR
Are unvaccinated
  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

Types of Masks Acceptable to Wear in the Buildings 

The following information was taken directly from the CDC site

Covid mask options

 
ALSO…

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Sing the Happy Birthday song twice to help know when it has been 20 seconds.

If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol and make sure you cover the front and back of your hands and rub them until they feel dry.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve by coughing or sneezing into your elbow, not your hands, to cover your mouth or nose.

Limit close contact with people who are sick, and avoid sharing food, drinks, or utensils.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

All students and staff should wear a mask inside school buildings.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Find a Covid Vaccine near you:  https://www.vaccines.gov/

Free COVID testing sites:  https://healthcollab.org/testandprotect/ 

FAQs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Information about coping with stress can be found on the CDC website:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

For more information about COVID-19, you can call the Ohio Coronavirus Hotline: 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)

 

 

The Vaccine

It is strongly encouraged that essential workers, like you, are vaccinated because of your role in maintaining critical infrastructure operations.

 

Essential workers are at increased risk of getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others because work-related duties must be performed on-site and involve being in close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in a 24-hour period) with others.

 

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine gives you an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and could also protect not only you, but also our students, your coworkers and your family.

 

Here are some key points about COVID-19 vaccination:
  1. All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting you from the disease. It dramatically lowers your chances of getting the virus – and if you do end up getting the virus, the vaccine will lessen the effects of the virus on you.
  2. The most common side effects of the vaccine are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills, and fever. These symptoms usually lessen dramatically after 24 hours.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available—wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.

As mentioned above, we are committed to the safety of all students and staff. With your help, we will be able to get through this tough time.