Current COVID Protocol

Last Updated: 1/27/2022 3:56 PM

Thursday, January 27, 2022

New COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Case Investigation Guidance for K-12 Schools 


The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today released new contact tracing and case investigation guidance for K-12 schools. ODH is recommending local health departments (LHDs) shift from universal contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification to a cluster or outbreak-based model. 

This shift has the following implications for our district: 

  • We will discontinue universal contact tracing but will assist the LHD with contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification related to outbreaks or clusters in schools as determined by the LHD.
  • We will continue to follow ODH’s protocol, “Mask to Stay, Test to Play,” and allow asymptomatic students to attend school while wearing a mask if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at school. The best place for kids is in school, in-person, full-time.
  • ODH also will change the school case reporting cadence to weekly. Valley View will report positive student and staff cases to their LHDs by close of business on Fridays. 
  • ODH will continue to evaluate related school reporting requirements.

We are continuing the mask requirement until further notice and appreciate all efforts to keep students distanced when possible. 

This document has also been revised:

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Please review the updated COVID protocols released by the Ohio Department of Health

 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Thursday, October 28, 2021, the Valley View Board of Education had a special meeting to discuss updating COVID-related protocols.  

Starting Wednesday, November 3, the district will be removing the mask mandate while strongly encouraging all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to mask indoors. The goal for the district is still to do everything possible to keep students healthy and in school every day.

With that in mind, Valley View will be adopting the Ohio Department of Health Mask to Stay / Test to Play protocol.

This process can be confusing as it only applies to contact tracing of in-school exposure. If a student is exposed at home they are not eligible for this plan and must quarantine and test as before.

Also with this process, any student with a medical or religious mask exemption who chooses to continue with the exemption status will need to follow the quarantine and testing schedule as before.

revised covid protocol november 2021
 

For more information, please see the current quarantine guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Health.