Safety Protocols Help Stop In-School Spread

Safety Protocols Help Stop In-School Spread of COVID-19, Keep Students In School
Posted on 11/02/2020
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We want to stay in school flow chart for COVID-19Did you know that even though the number of positive cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise across Butler County and the state of Ohio, we are not seeing classroom spread of the virus? 

Let us repeat that. We are not seeing COVID-19 spread in Lakota’s classrooms.

Are there positive cases in the district? Yes. Are students and staff in quarantine? Yes. Are those who are quarantined because of a school-related case testing positive? No.

Our data is showing that the safety protocols the district has in place, including requiring face coverings in school, is working to help stop the spread of the virus. It is imperative that our families keep students home if they are sick and communicate with our schools if symptoms are present. 

When a student tests positive for COVID-19, anyone who has been within six feet of the positive student for a total of 15 minutes or more must quarantine. The district must follow very strict guidelines from the Butler County Health Department when identifying close contacts. While this may only impact a few students in an elementary classroom, that number can climb upwards of 30 students per positive case at a high school. “We want our students to remain in school,” said Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann. “When a student is quarantined, they must stay at home for 14 days since the last day of contact with the positive person. While they are still able to access their assignments through Canvas, it is not the same as having in-person instruction.” 

A person who tests positive for COVID-19 is considered contagious two days before symptoms appear. If a student goes to school while displaying symptoms, they are putting more and more people at risk every day. 

Please take the time to view our daily health assessment to help determine if your student should stay home. The assessment is also available in Arabic and Spanish. Lakota’s protocols and guidelines have been updated to include the daily health assessment. Click here to view the guidelines in English and Spanish.

Click here to view a flowchart to help determine if your child should stay home from school. You can also contact your school nurse. For more information about the safety measures in place at Lakota, please click here to visit our website.