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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.