NWLSD Staff and Families,
At our August 19th Board of Education meeting, our Board voted unanimously to adopt a new Covid Response Plan that would allow the District to implement a tiered response system around Covid-19 trends and data points. The system monitors six data points at the county, community and school level to determine the types of protective measures the district needs to put in place. These data points serve as indicators for the severity of the spread within our area and within our schools.
As of August 30, 2021, THREE indicators have been met.
Data points highlighted in red have been met:
- District Zip Codes (3 Out Of 5)
- County Trend
- Student Positive Cases
- Staff Positive Cases
- Student Quarantines
- CDC level of Community Transmission
These met indicators mean that the following protective measures will be implemented. Newly added protective measures have been highlighted in red:
- Air purification, additional cleaning, & self-screening
- Limit visitors in buildings and at events during school hours unless by appointment
- Modified Lunch Spaces
- Universal Masking (Masking will be mandatory for staff and students and will go into effect on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.)
Indicators that will be used to determine tiered response are:
District Zip Codes (3 Out Of 5)
· An indicator is met when: there is an average of 9 or more positive cases per day within a period of a week, in 3 out of 5 zip codes within our district. The zip codes that we will monitor are: 45231, 45239, 45240, 45247 and 45251.
Student Positive Cases
· An indicator is met when: 75 or more students have quarantines resulting from school based exposure throughout the district within a week
CDC level of Community Transmission
· An indicator is met when: the CDC’s County Trend is Red. (The CDC has a color indicator to gauge community trend of COVID cases throughout the County – blue (low), yellow (moderate), peach (substantial), and red (high). https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/ - county-view
· An indicator is met when: there is an average of 255 new positive COVID cases within a period of a week within Hamilton County.
Staff Positive Cases
· An indicator is met when: 11 or more staff members throughout the district have positive cases within a week