Northwest Local School District PreK-12 Families, Staff, and Students,
Please be advised of the Summer 2022 Covid Protocols for our staff and students in NWLSD. We thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor and adjust, in these ever changing times.
Each day before reporting to any NWLSD campus, students (with parental assistance) and staff should self monitor for signs and symptoms of illness by using the At-Home Daily Wellness Check. If an individual is sick, has been tested for covid (pending results), has tested POSITIVE for Covid, or is a “close contact” to an individual with Covid; he/she should stay home and report this information based on the guidelines below.
NWLSD still offers free at home Abbott Covid Test Kits for our families and staff, please contact any NWLSD school building to arrange pickup.
How to report Covid concerns
- For staff working within the buildings or as a part of any on-campus programming:
Stay home and report all Covid related concerns including positive test results and close contact situations to your building administrator.
- For students attending summer school or participating in any on-campus activities such as clubs, band and athletics:
Stay home and report all Covid related concerns including positive test results and close contact situations to NWLSD’s District Nurse by calling 513-923-1000 ext. 3926. Leave a detailed message including the students name, school, activity attending and a parent/guardian name and phone number where you can be reached. Anyone reporting a Covid related concern will be contacted on the next business day and given a return to school/work date. Keep your child home until you are notified of a return to activity date.
What to expect
Reduced isolation period for individuals who test positive for Covid-19:
Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 must isolate at home for 5 full days. At the end of that 5-day period, if the person is symptom free (or all symptoms are greatly improved) AND the person has not had a fever within the last 24 hours, he/she may return to work/school wearing a mask on day 6 and continue to wear the mask for an additional 5 full days. Inability or refusal to mask at all times during days 6-10 will require an individual to stay home.
Reduced quarantine period for individuals who are UNVACCINATED and are close contacts to a positive Covid-19 case:
Unvaccinated close contacts of a Covid positive individual outside of school activities must quarantine at home for 5 full days. At the end of that 5 day period, if the person is symptom free, he/she may return to work or school wearing a mask on day 6, and continue to wear the mask for an additional 5 full days. Inability or refusal to mask at all times during days 6-10 will require an individual to stay home. Testing on day 5 is highly recommended.
Unvaccinated close contacts of a Covid positive individual who is exposed within the school setting may continue to report to school/work each day regardless of vaccination status as part of the Ohio Department of Health's Mask to Stay Protocols, provided the individual wears a mask and self monitors for symptoms.
Quarantine period for individuals who are FULLY VACCINATED and are close contacts to a positive Covid-19 case:
Fully vaccinated close contacts of a Covid positive individual are permitted to continue to work and attend school & extracurricular activities provided they wear a mask for 10 full days following the exposure AND self-monitor each day (must remain symptom free). Testing on day 5 is highly recommended.
Determination of fully vaccinated status.
The Ohio Department of Health has changed their definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated. Individuals who are not in compliance will no longer be considered fully vaccinated.
In order to be considered fully vaccinated an individual must have obtained a booster dose:
- if the individual’s first and second shots were completed MORE THAN 6 months ago for those who received Pfizer or Moderna
- or if a person received the one-step Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago.
- Individuals who received their first and second dose from Pfizer or Moderna LESS THAN 6 months ago are considered fully vaccinated.
We ask for your continued cooperation as we continue to adjust our protocols in this evolving Covid landscape. As always, we ask that you stay home when you are not well or have symptoms, practice good hand hygiene and social distance whenever possible.
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