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Covid-19 Information

2022-2023 NWLSD Covid Protocols

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for the 2022-23 School Year


Please see the most current information below regarding our health and safety protocols. Our protocols are subject to change as data is collected throughout the school year. 

 

NWLSD HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS


COVID COMMUNICATION

Families of all NWLSD Pre-K-12 Students as well as our staff, will electronically receive a District update of all Covid cases reported in that each week on Friday afternoon. If/when the cases in your child's classroom or extracurricular cohort reach 3 or more positives within a 10 day period, additional communication will be sent only to the families and staff associated with that classroom. 


Additionally, we will continue to update our Districts’ Covid Tracker on our website. The Covid Tracker monitors week to week data.  Tracker information will also be updated on Friday afternoons with the most current information each week. Click here to explore our Covid Tracker for the 2022-2023 school year: NWLSD Covid Tracker


CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

All NWLSD staff are expected to contribute to our effort to maintain the cleanliness of our buildings. NWLSD will clean all buildings and facilities daily. Special attention will be given to classrooms, buses, weight rooms, bathrooms and high-touch areas.


PROPER VENTILATION

Bipolar ionization units have been installed in all buildings. These units kill airborne germs, viruses and bacteria. We have also upgraded controls for monitoring outside air and indoor air quality (IAP).


AT-HOME WELLNESS CHECKS

We need every parent to take an active role and responsibility in monitoring their child to help mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Students who feel ill, have temperatures of 100°or greater, or show symptoms of illness, must stay home. Please use the attached document to complete the At-Home Daily Wellness Check each day to determine if your child is well enough to attend, and for information on when to return to school. Connect with the health office at your child's school with any questions around your child’s health status.  


ISOLATION PROTOCOLS

Staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for at least 5 days from the start of symptoms. Upon return to school on day 6, a mask must be worn indoors up through day 10. Please notify your child’s school as soon as you get test results, the health office at your child’s school will assign return to school dates and provide you with additional guidance.


QUARANTINES

Based on recommendations from Hamilton County Public Health, individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID positive person no longer have to quarantine as long as they do not develop any symptoms. He/She may continue to report to school and mask wear is recommended for 10 days following exposure. Close contacts may be asked to isolate at home if they develop symptoms during this period of symptom monitoring. 

Please view the updated COVID-19 Exposure Guidance for Parents of Students for information on COVID preventative measures, heightened self-monitoring, and when it is appropriate to isolate at home.



SYMPTOM SCREENING

Each building has a nurse and/or health assistant staff member(s) to assist in identifying those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals who are found to exhibit symptoms may need to be masked while awaiting parent/guardian pick up. At dismissal the parent will receive detailed information about next steps and when it is safe to return in-person learning.



FACIAL COVERINGS 

At this time, NWLSD staff and students have the OPTION to wear face coverings on campus. We will continue to stay abreast of state and local guidance and may change our policy on masking as new information regarding COVID-19 is released.



HAND SANITIZING STATIONS

Hand sanitizer dispensers are available in every classroom, office, cafeteria, and throughout the buildings. Students will be encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands upon entry and exit of all classrooms, and as needed throughout the day. In addition, students should practice hand hygiene prior to and after lunch and after any trips to the restroom.



WATER BOTTLES

Students are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle to school daily that can be used at each bottle filling water fountain.



WHAT CAN NWLSD PARENTS DO TO HELP?

It’s important that we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and maintain health and safe learning environments for students and staff. We kindly ask that parents:

  • Practice good health habits: Eat nutritious whole foods, increase your water intake, take a daily multivitamin, exercise, manage your stress, do not allow sick visitors into your home, launder bed linen, coats, hats, backpacks as well as clean and disinfect high traffic areas of your home regularly.

  • Work with your child on standard hygiene practices such as proper hand washing techniques, not sharing eating or drinking utensils with friends and keeping safe social distance to decrease the spread of germs at school and in the community.

  • Monitor your child’s health daily to ensure that they do not have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Additionally, closely observe your child if they come into close contact with another person suspected to have COVID-19 or a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Please consult your family doctor with concerns.

  • If you desire for your child to wear a face covering at school, please provide one for your child.

  • Keep your child at home if they do not feel well. Do not send them to school. If your child demonstrates symptoms common to COVID-19, please contact your family doctor immediately.

  • Notify your child’s school immediately if he/she is diagnosed with or tests positive for COVID-19. If you have students in multiple schools, notify each building. 


*Reviewed 12/6/2022

Talking with kids about Coronavirus

      You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. However, don’t avoid giving them the information that health experts identify as critical to ensuring your children’s health. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions.   
      When sharing information, it is important make sure to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress, remind children that adults are working to address this concern, and give children actions they can take to protect themselves. 
      Information is rapidly changing about this virus—to have the most correct information stay informed by accessing https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/home
 
        Keep Explanations Age Appropriate 
  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
  • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.

     Suggested Points to Emphasize


    •      Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust.

    •      Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and public health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.

    •      It is important that all students treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
 
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.
 
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 are commonly reporting mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:  fever, cough and shortness of breath. Always contact your doctor first to discuss your symptoms and to make arrangements for testing. 
 
What are severe complications from this virus?
Many patients have developed pneumonia, or other severe respiratory failures due to the virus.
 
How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including the FLU.

These include:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with
unwashed hands.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
 
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 
Is there a vaccine?
Yes, several vaccines have been released to protect against COVID-19. For more information about vaccinations CLICK HERE.
 
Is there a treatment?
Contact your doctor immediately if you feel you may have contracted Coronavirus. There are approved antiviral treatments for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Face Masks

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 As health agencies continue to learn more about coronavirus and growing concerns over asymptomatic (symptom free) spread, our State Department continues to encourage all Americans to wear a mask or face covering when outside of their homes in public areas. It remains a high priority to wash your hands, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your inner elbow, but protecting ports of entry on your face from droplets that you cannot see, is proving to be key in staying healthy.   Click to learn more.
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Staff

Keva Brice, RN, LSN - District Nurse
Amy Piening, LPN-Nurse at HELC
Patricia Wahl, RN- Nurse at CHS
Denise Tobler, CMA- Health Assist. at CHS
Gail Bliss, LPN- Nurse at NWHS
Kimberly Mason, RN- Nurse at PRMS
Amber Lackey, RN- Nurse at WOMS
Linda Mudd, RN- Nurse at CE
Danielle Hail, RN- Nurse at PRE
Jenny Nienaber- Health Assist. at PRE
Amy Frimming, LPN- Nurse at MHE
Colleen Moore, RN- Nurse at TE
Julie Ruthen- Health Assist at TE
Katie Heim, RN- Nurse at SE
Connie Stahl, MA- Health Assistant at SE
Krista Bowling, LPN - District Contact Tracer