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COVID INFORMATION - LATEST UPDATES

Lebanon HS Moving to Remote; Masks Required District-Wide

January 11, 2022 - 4:15 p.m.

Superintendent Seevers sent the following information to Lebanon families Tuesday, January 11, 2021:

Dear Warrior Families,

I have two very important announcements to share with you today:

  1. HIGH SCHOOL (ONLY) MOVING TO REMOTE LEARNING - Lebanon High School (only) will move to remote learning beginning Thursday, January 13 through Friday, January 21. 

  1. MASKS REQUIRED BEGINNING JAN. 12 - Beginning Wednesday, January 12, all Lebanon City School District students will be required to wear a mask to school. Masks will be required in our buildings from Wednesday, January 12 through Monday, January 31. Masks are also required on buses and for all spectators attending indoor events. Click here to read more.

Additional Information:

  • WHY WE ARE MOVING TO REMOTE LEARNING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL - We are moving the high school only to remote learning due to the high number of staff absences district wide. While our high school teachers are teaching remotely, we plan to utilize non-teaching staff at the high school in our other buildings to help fill in where we cannot find substitutes. The high school is best equipped to go to a remote model because students already have their devices and that group of students can pivot more easily to being home alone and learning online. We are waiting until Thursday to move to remote to give our high school students and staff a chance to come to school Wednesday and get themselves organized to begin remote learning Thursday. Teachers will review expectations and schedules with students on Wednesday. Friday will remain a student work from home day as previously scheduled. School work will be posted in Google Classroom, SeeSaw, or Remind. Students are to work at their own pace. There will not be any live instruction done online that day.

  • IF YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT NEEDS MEALS - High School students who need meals while the high school is remote may pick up food at Lebanon High School between 11 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, January 18. Please fill out this form by 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 13 to sign up.

  • WE ARE WE MOVING TO A MASK REQUIREMENT - In August we built guidelines around what would trigger a mask requirement. Those guidelines specified that when the three-day average of student absences reached or exceeded 15 percent of enrollment by building, masks would be required for three weeks. Student absences counted in that percentage include absences due to isolation, quarantine, excused or unexcused absences.

    Lebanon High School’s three-day absence average reached 17 percent today. Our other buildings are also trending high: 

Lebanon Junior High: 15.97 % three-day average student absences as of Jan. 11

Berry: 16.19 % three-day average student absences as of Jan. 11

Donovan: 15.85 % three-day average student absences as of Jan. 11

Bowman: 14.58% three-day average student absences as of Jan. 11

  • TYPES OF MASKS RECOMMENDED AND ACCEPTED - A 3-ply-N95 mask is the best protection against COVID at this time due to the high transmission rates of the new variant. Cloth masks are accepted.  

  • ATHLETICS - In-season athletic practices and interscholastic competitions will continue (basketball, bowling, cheerleading, swimming, and wrestling) on evenings and weekends. Masks will be required to be worn on buses and indoors when not participating. Spectators attending indoor events will also be required to wear masks. Out-of-season training sessions will be put on hold during this time. In-season youth organizations (basketball & wrestling) who have space reserved will be able to continue, abiding by these same guidelines.

  • FRIDAY IS A WORK FROM HOME DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS AS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED - District wide, all students will work from home Friday, January 14 as previously scheduled. It is a teacher work day. Your child’s teacher will be communicating expectations and assignments for them to complete. School work will be posted in Google Classroom, SeeSaw, or Remind. Students are to work at their own pace. There will not be any live instruction done online that day.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION visit our website - click on the COVID INFORMATION link in the top banner.

We are currently seeing a high number of cases in our school buildings and in our community. As a community there were more than 700 new cases of COVID reported within the past two weeks, which is nine times more than we had in August when we pivoted to a mask requirement. Our community began seeing significant spread over the holiday break and those numbers have continued to escalate in the past two weeks. A large number of our student and staff illnesses are originating outside of school but we are experiencing significant spread inside of our buildings. At this time, we are compelled to intervene and all must be responsible to do our part in slowing down this current surge. 

Isaac W. Seevers, Superintendent

FACEMASK GUIDANCE

January 4, 2022: Mask guidance has not changed. Masks are optional, but strongly encouraged, for all students and staff in all Lebanon City School buildings. Please note: the Federal requirement has been extended through March 18, 2022 and facemasks are required to be worn by all students and all staff on school buses. Please provide your student with a mask if they are riding a school bus. Our transportation department distributed more than 2,000 masks district-wide just in the month of December alone. Updated January 7, 2022, 12:30 p.m.: cloth masks and gaiters are not recommended. A 3-ply or paper disposable surgical mask is recommended. Click here to read more.

UPDATED QUARANTINE/ISOLATION GUIDELINES

  • January 4, 2022: Over winter break the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their quarantine guidelines. (Click here to read more about why the CDC shortened isolation and quarantine guidelines for the general population.) These new updates apply only if a student has been exposed to COVID OUTSIDE of the school setting, meaning their exposure happened after school at home, at a non-school-sponsored extracurricular event, from family, etc. Under these new guidelines, asymptomatic individuals and symptomatic COVID-19 positive patients whose symptoms are resolving, must isolate at home for 5 days, compared to the previously recommended 10 days. The CDC also notes that under these new guidelines, the 5 days of isolation at home is to be followed by 5 days of mask-wearing at school and when around others in public.

  • Click here to download our one-page graphic that provides guidance on what to do if your child is sick, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.

  • Click here to download graphic flowcharts from the Ohio Department of Health explaining these new guidelines.

  • Click here to download updated guidelines for the Mask to Stay/Test to Play option.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL

If a student is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case OUTSIDE of the school setting or school related activities, the following new quarantine guidelines apply: 

  • If a student is vaccinated they must wear a mask to school for 10 days after their last exposure as long as they are symptom free and not re-exposed to a positive case. It is recommended (but not required) that they test on day 5. If they develop symptoms or test positive, they must stay home. 

  • If the student is not vaccinated or their vaccines are not up to date then they must quarantine at home for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days once they return to school. It is recommended that they test on day 5, and if they develop symptoms or test positive, stay home. A negative test is not required for them to return to school on day 6.

  • If a student has had COVID within the past 90 days, they can return to school wearing a mask until the end of day 10 as long as they are symptom free and not re-exposed to a positive case.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE AT SCHOOL

If a student is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case AT SCHOOL, regardless of vaccination status, they can stay in school and Mask to Stay/Test to Play or they can choose to quarantine at home.

  • The Mask to Stay/Test to Play option does not apply to household exposures or exposures that occurred outside of the school setting or school-related activities. With this option, parents must op-in to choose this option. Students stay in school and wear a mask for 10 days following exposure. Additionally, to continue to participate in extracurricular activities, the student can test the day they are notified of the exposure and test again on day 5 after exposure. 

  • If at-home quarantine is chosen, they can stay home 10 days, or, can choose to participate in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play option, return to school, and wear a mask through day 10. A parent/guardian must opt-in their child to the Mask to Stay option (this information will be included in your communication from the district.)

  • Click here to download our one-page graphic that provides guidance on what to do if your child is sick, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR STUDENT IS SICK OR IF THEY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 

  • If your child isn’t feeling well, keep them at home. 

  • If they are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, keep them home from school. 

  • Report the absence to your child’s school. If they have tested positive for COVID, fill out the reporting form online. Lebanon City Schools’ COVID nurse or contact tracer will contact you to explain next steps. (You do not need to fill out the online form unless your child has tested positive for COVID or has been exposed to a positive COVID case outside of school.)

  • Regardless of vaccination status, if your student tests positive for COVID-19,  they must stay home from school for 5 days and stay away from other people as much as possible. 

  • NEW GUIDANCE: If they are fever-free and their symptoms are improving, on day 6, the student may return to school. The student is not permitted to ride the school bus on their first day back to school. They must be transported to school, and they must check in with the school nurse once they arrive at school. A mask must be worn through the end of day 10 following exposure. A negative test result is not required to return to school on day 6. The student is not permitted to participate in athletics/extracurriculars until the end of their full, 10-day isolation period.

  • If they have a fever or other symptoms on day 6, they must stay home until their fever is gone and other symptoms are better. When they return to school, they must wear a mask until their 10-day period after exposure is over. A negative test result is not required to return to school.
  • Click here to download our one-page graphic that provides guidance on what to do if your child is sick, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case.

  • If you have any questions, email Contact Tracer Jamie Buchert or COVID nurse Katja Pursell or call (513) 934-5889. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Jamie Buchert, COVID Coordinator, 513-934-5889

Katja Pursell, LPN, WCESC COVID Nurse, 513-934-5797