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COVID-19 Health & Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools
As schools get ready for the 2021-22 academic year, the ongoing health and safety of students, staff, and volunteers remains paramount. While great strides have been made in controlling the spread of COVID-19, the virus remains a health threat.
Although children are less likely to get severely ill from COVID-19 compared with adults, they are at risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, getting sick from COVID-19, spreading the virus to others, and having severe health outcomes.
Because children 11 and younger cannot be vaccinated and less than a third of children 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated, it is strongly recommended that schools implement masking for students layered with other prevention strategies to protect people who are not fully vaccinated.
The Delta variant is rapidly becoming dominant in Ohio. It is highly transmissible, increasing risk, especially for those who are unvaccinated. Because the Delta variant spreads so quickly, these strategies to reduce transmission in school are critically important to protect students, teachers, staff, and communities.
Our goal is to keep students back in school, in-person five days a week. Students benefit from in-person learning.
As students head back to school, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recommends following the same layered prevention strategies that were remarkably effective at controlling COVID-19 last school year:
Strongly recommend vaccinations for staff and eligible students. Vaccines are our best tool to protect students and prevent the spread of the virus.
Wearing masks. Masks have been proven to be extremely effective in slowing the spread of the virus. Ohio researchers conducted an evaluation last year that showed that masking helped control the spread of the virus in Ohio schools. ODH strongly recommends that those who are unvaccinated wear masks while in school.
Additional measures including improving ventilation, maximizing distance between people, and practicing good hygiene, among others.
Consistent implementation of these core prevention measures helped limit the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom during the 2020-21 academic year. Continuing to follow these recommendations will protect students as much as possible.
2021 Metro Restart Protocols & Procedures
General Building Safety Protocols
Supplies Recommended for Students
Parents can use the following algorithm to determine whether a student should attend school:
Visitors to the Building
COVID-19 at School
Exhibiting COVID-19 Symptoms While at School
Notifying Families of a Positive COVID Case within School Community - Staff or Student
If there is a confirmed COVID case among in-person students/staff, email correspondence will be sent out to all affected, as identified by Franklin County Public Health Department protocols for COVID-19 contact tracing.
Infected students or staff must follow the guidelines below:
Reporting Protocol for Positive Cases
Cleaning / Sanitizing Protocols
COVID Relief Funds
What are ESSER Funds?
Congress set aside funding allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). Signed into law in March of 2020, the grants were awarded to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation.
Use of ARP ESSER Funds
Per Federal Regulation, 20% of ARP ESSER funds must be used in direct relation to the learning loss due to COVID. The remaining 80% of the funds are to be used for the direct mitigation of COVID 19.
Metro will use funds to both help prevent and mitigate learning loss caused by interrupted instruction due to COVID 19. The following are events/activities which have been aligned to meet the aforementioned requirements:
Summer Bridge - Onboarding for 6th and 9th grade students before the onset of the school year.
Summer School - Students who have not mastered a course due to the impact of COVID to the learning environment, or who are ready for a new course will be offered summer school programming.
STEMfest - Advisory students will plan a STEMfest ( Fall and Spring) for middle school students and their younger siblings promoting hands-on activities and literacy. This event is being planned in an effort to help boost engagement and increase family involvement which had waned during the pandemic.
Staff Mental Health check-ins.
Hire an additional counselor for middle school students. Students and parents have expressed an increased need for emotional support as a result of the pandemic and the challenges many families have had to face.
Additional devices and technology will be purchased to enhance the current infrastructure and support virtual learning.
Additional internet ready devices will be purchased for students who may have difficulty with home based internet.
Funds will be used to ensure Metro has created the safest and cleanest learning environment possible.
Hire additional school day porters for in-person learning days to ensure alignment with COVID protocols.
Purchase additional disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and clear barriers for student use.
Purchase plexiglass barriers for desks across the building to protect office staff from unnecessary exposure.
As COVID 19 is an airborne virus, ARP ESSER funds will be used to build out walls on the middle school side of the building.
Funds will be used to replace the HVAC system on the south side of the building to be in compliance as build out of walls is completed.