Due to the high numbers of cases across the district, we have shifted our plan from contact tracing and targeted communication (to individuals, affected buildings, and other buildings across the district) to a daily email to all Wyoming City Schools staff and families with a total daily number of cases by building. We will continue to contact trace and notify as much as possible, but we cannot contact trace and notify for the high number of cases we are currently seeing and we believe it is important for all staff and families to know the number of cases in our buildings in a timely manner. We will continue to update our Wyoming City Schools COVID-19 Dashboard on a weekly basis and individual privacy will continue to be protected through each step in our process.
We will continue to align our practices with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Mask to Stay/Test to Play protocols for exposures in a K-12 setting:
According to the Ohio Department of Health's Mask to Stay/Test to Play guidance, adopted in October 2021 - Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following:
Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure
Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19
Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity)
Because we are universally masking, all close contacts - from a K-12 setting exposure - remain in school without quarantining at home.
In alignment with the Test to Play portion of the guidance, we continue to contact trace and mandate testing for extracurricular activities where masking is not possible, such as athletics.
We will continue to align our procedures with ODH’s guidance for COVID exposure outside a K-12 setting, when applicable.
As we continue to navigate the pandemic, our objectives for this school year continue to be keeping children learning in their classrooms, and caring for the academic, social, and emotional needs of the students of Wyoming City Schools. We are monitoring staff and student absentee rates, school-based case counts, vaccination rates, local data, public health guidance, evolving science and more. When changes are made to our pandemic plan, we will continue to communicate them as quickly as possible.
We greatly appreciate the ongoing partnership and cooperation of all Wyoming stakeholders in keeping our students, staff and community protected as much as possible during the pandemic.