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Southeast Local Schools - COVID-19 Updates

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We would like to share information with you regarding Fall in-person instruction and measures we will take regarding student/staff illness in the buildings to decrease the exposure of COVID-19 in schools. Social distancing measures and masking of students and staff is a requirement by the Ohio Department of Health to minimize the opportunity for exposure to COVID in the school setting. Students will be kept in small cohort groups as much as possible during the day to limit exposure and help with quarantine requirements when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID. 

How will contact tracing work in a school district?

Your child's privacy and health are very important to us. If your student tests positive for COVID the Portage County Health Department will contact you directly. They will ask you who your student has been around, particularly for more than 15 minutes and < 6 feet.  These are the contacts that would be considered potentially exposed to COVID and would be notified of exposure by the Portage County Health Department. In the school setting, cohorts or groupings of children help to minimize risk to a large number of children and quickly aid the health department with information needed to contact and identify those close contacts requiring quarantine and exclusion from school for 14 days. 

If my child tests positive who in the school district will find out? Your students name will not be released by the health department or by the school district to the public. The health department will notify the COVID point person, (District School Nurse or school administrator), of the student's name to quickly identify exposure lists. The school district takes your student's privacy and health information very seriously. With this in mind, we are mandated to notify classmate families that a student in the classroom was diagnosed with COVID.

Other students in my child's class got sent home but my child did not, can I find out why? The Portage County Health Department will notify you directly if they think your child has been exposed to someone who is COVID positive. If your child is not considered a close contact, he/she can continue to come to school. If your child develops symptoms of COVID at any time during the school year please quarantine your child at home and contact their doctor to get tested.

The school nurse sent my child home for a cough and sore throat but I don’t think it is COVID. Why do I need to keep him home for 10 days? 

We understand that the symptoms for COVID are also the symptoms for many viral illnesses that children get throughout a school year. CDC recommends that students who have symptoms of COVID and are not being tested should remain home for 10 days since symptoms first appeared. If you believe that their symptoms are because of another viral or bacterial condition the only way they can return sooner is if you obtain a doctor's note stating they have an alternative diagnosis or they get a negative COVID test. 


 Do not send your child to school if any of the following symptoms or conditions are present:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher in the last 24 hours.  Call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance on when to return to school.

 • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Related Symptoms:  cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose - encouraged to follow up with healthcare provider

  •Your child or member of the household has been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have Coronavirus/COVID-19

 • Vomiting and/or diarrhea.  If your child has two or more episodes during the previous evening or night, they may not attend school. Call your child’s healthcare provider if vomiting and/or diarrhea continues for more than 48 hours, your child has a fever or his/her condition worsens. 

 •New Rash.  Call health care provider for guidance if your child can remain in school. 

• Untreated infected skin patches that have weeping fluid and are on an exposed surface that cannot be covered with a waterproof dressing. 

 • Bacterial infection.  Your child may return to school after taking prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours. 

• Pink eye. If your child has thick mucus or pus draining from the eye (pink eye), call health care provider for guidance if your child can remain in school.  If an antibiotic is prescribed, the child must be on the medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  

• Lice.  Contact your school clinic to review the school district lice policy. 

• Is currently taking prescribed narcotics. Students are not permitted to take narcotics while at school.  The student can return to school once pain can be controlled by over the counter pain relief, like Tylenol/Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.   

**Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness. 


 If you are unsure about whether to send your child to school, please contact the school clinic staff.


    

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