Posted October 26
Yesterday, there was a change in quarantine guidance from the Ohio Department of Health. Based on a growing body of national experience, a pilot study conducted in Warren County, and experiences shared by other local health departments showing that, in a school setting, a low number of individuals with direct contact to a COVID-19 positive individual are converting to a positive case. This is aligned with what we are seeing in our schools here in Wyoming.
New Quarantine Guidance
The new guidance from the Ohio Department of Health is available here. Essentially, this will allow an individual who is identified as a close contact in a school setting to remain in school and, by following certain protocols, remain in extracurricular activities. Hamilton County Public Health is moving forward with this recommendation and our plan is to implement these changes to our processes immediately.
We will continue to contact trace as we have in the past and notify all staff and/or families if they are identified as a close contact and share the actions necessary to follow this new guidance.
Vaccination is an important way to protect yourself and others. With boosters available and pediatric vaccination on the horizon, we are working with Hamilton County Public Health to host another round of vaccine clinics. We will share more information as soon as possible.
Masking Plan Updates
We have received several questions about the information that will be used to determine future changes to our universal masking plan in the district and/or in individual schools. This summer, we continued our ongoing review of local, state, and federal guidance; COVID-19 transmission data; local vaccination coverage; legislative changes; and school/district COVID case data when considering our masking plan for the start of the school year. We will continue to review this same information to determine any modifications to our universal masking plan. We have added a November 10th Board of Education Planning Meeting to discuss all of these factors at that time and we will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available.
The health and well-being of the students and staff of Wyoming City Schools is our top priority. We greatly appreciate the ongoing partnership and cooperation of all Wyoming stakeholder groups in keeping our students, staff and community healthy.