Lakota's COVID-19 Hub Update

Lakota's COVID-19 Hub Update
Posted on 08/31/2021
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covid 19 update graphicWhile the new school year has once again begun with COVID protocols in place, many experiences during the school day, including the use of collaboration spaces and daily specials, are closer to normal. Families and staff are encouraged to visit Lakota’s COVID hub to stay up to date on the latest information. Documents related to COVID and the district, including its protocols and Spanish translations, can be found here


Now in its second full week of the year, the mask requirement for students and staff remains in place. “The decision to require masks for all students and staff was not an easy one to make,” said Superintendent Matt Miller. “We want to do everything we can to keep our students healthy and in school. Masks can help us achieve this.” Miller is hoping that the mask requirement will not be a year-long necessity. District leaders monitor positive cases and quarantines daily. Members of the Lakota Board of Education will review this information, along with other data and quarantine protocols from the Butler County General Health District (BCGHD) at the school board meeting on Sept. 27.


Public schools must identify close contacts according to the protocols of the local health department. Following the protocol directives from the BCGHD, when students and staff are masked, and three feet apart, quarantines are not necessary. If either the close contact or COVID-positive individual are not wearing masks, that distance increases to six feet and anyone not vaccinated must quarantine. Click here to watch a short video explaining quarantine protocols.


“When everyone is masked, our quarantine numbers are lower and that means more students continue learning in person,” said Robb Vogelmann, assistant superintendent and head of the district’s COVID response team. The numbers after just eight days of school demonstrate this.


Aug. 18-27, 2021: Students

Positive Student Cases

Close Contacts Required to Quarantine

Close Contacts NOT Required to Quarantine (masks worn or fully vaccinated)

37

84

101


Aug. 18-27, 2021: Staff

Positive Staff Cases

Close Contacts Required to Quarantine

Close Contacts NOT Required to Quarantine

(masks worn or fully vaccinated)

7

0

3



In addition to masks, the district urges students and staff to stay home if they are sick because many symptoms of COVID are similar to other illnesses. Click here to review a chart to help you decide if you or your student should stay home. 


Every Friday, by 5 p.m., the district’s COVID dashboard will be updated with the new positive cases for both students and staff. Continuing the format from the 2020-2021 school year, the dashboard includes weekly numbers for each of the district’s 23 schools, preschool, central office and transportation. In addition to new positive cases and cumulative numbers, the weekly attendance rate is also included.


“The dashboard is meant to be a snapshot in time,” Vogelmann explained when the district shifted to displaying attendance rate from new weekly quarantines in January. Displaying the number of new quarantines per week “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 has a better understanding of the impact COVID-19 and other illnesses are having on our schools - on both the student and the teacher side.”