COVID-19 Update

Face Covering Update
Posted on 09/28/2021
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COVID-19 cell with black rectangle COVID-19 Face Covering UpdateOn Sept. 28, Mr. Miller updated families in this email about the School Board's vote to extend the face covering requirement.

Dear Lakota Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students,

At last night’s school board meeting, I shared an update outlining the impact COVID-19 has had on our students and staff since the start of the school year. Included in the presentation were the following data points as of Monday morning:

  • We have had 314 students and 49 staff members test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year. 

  • 778 students and six staff members have been quarantined since the start of this school year because they were indoors and unmasked, for example at lunch.

  • As a direct result of the mask requirement, 1,748 students have not had to quarantine because they were wearing masks per the quarantine guidelines set by the Butler County General Health District.

I also shared information from a Cincinnati Children’s Hospital study, published on cincinnati.com on Sept. 21, 2021. The study looked at seven schools in the Greater Cincinnati area to determine the impact of universal masking. Some of these results are as follows:

  • “The rate of students getting diagnosed with COVID-19 was 78% higher in the partially masked schools than those that had universal masking.

  • The rate of students being quarantined was 60% higher in the partially masked schools.

  • The ratio of quarantines per COVID-19 case was 30% higher in the partially masked schools.”

Following my presentation, the members of the Lakota Board of Education voted 4-1 to continue our mask requirement. I will continue to provide updates on our COVID trends to the Board at each meeting. It is my hope that, as positive cases and quarantines decline, we will be able to shift the mask policy.

Keeping our students learning in school, safe and healthy remain our priorities. We will continue to closely monitor our numbers and make adjustments to our protocols accordingly.

Sincerely,

Matthew J. Miller
Superintendent