Changes to Quarantine Protocols, Dashboard

Changes to Quarantine Protocols, COVID-19 Dashboard
Posted on 01/12/2021
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COVID UpdateChanges to Quarantine Protocols

As Lakota students return to the classroom for in-person learning following winter break, changes to school-related quarantines will be implemented as a result of a State evaluation of virus spread in Ohio’s schools.

At his Dec. 30 press conference, Gov. DeWine announced that students and staff identified as close contacts in a traditional classroom setting will no longer be required to quarantine if masks have been worn. According to the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation, in which Lakota participated, showed “there was no discernible difference in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with the disease and students in the same grade who were not close contacts.” 

Contact tracing will still occur when a school is notified about a positive case. However, staff and students in the traditional classroom setting who have worn a mask or face covering will no longer be required to quarantine during the school day. Quarantine guidelines should be followed outside of the school day. This includes not participating in extracurricular activities such as athletics. 

Any close contacts who were found to be unmasked will be notified of the need to quarantine completely, which includes not attending school in person during the quarantine period. Examples of situations where students would be unmasked might include lunch or when participating in athletics. 

Updated Jan. 14, 2021:

Exposure letters will no longer be sent to individual classrooms, per the Butler County health commissioner. As always, all of the school’s parents and staff members will receive an email notifying them of any positive cases. When this occurs, we advise all families to be extra vigilant in completing their daily health assessment.

Changes to Lakota’s COVID-19 Dashboard

Prior to winter break, the district announced it will introduce an updated COVID-19 dashboard when students and staff return to school. Beginning Jan. 13, a daily update will be posted each morning showing the student attendance rate and number of student and staff positive cases for the day prior. On Mondays, a summary of the prior week will be posted. “The dashboard is meant to be a snapshot in time,” said Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann and head of the district’s COVID Response Team. “Right now, the dashboard shows the number of new quarantines per week, but it does not show how many students are returning each day or how many quarantines are carried over each week,” he continued. “By sharing the daily attendance rate, our community will have a better understanding of the impact COVID-19 and other illnesses are having on our schools - on both the student and the teacher side.”