Facial Coverings Update

February 24, 2022

At the board meeting held last night, it has was decided that Meigs Local School District will now make mask/facial coverings optional beginning Monday, February 28th.  Mask/ facial coverings will still be required on the buses as this is a mandate per the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Data from the other county districts, outside districts, and most importantly your input, factored into the decision by myself and the board.  Attached to this email you will see the results of the staff survey, which had roughly 78% of the responding staff voting in favor of the mask optional decision.   Below is the  information  summary from the last email sent February 3rd regarding ODH changes for positives and quarantines.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) 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 schools: 

  • Schools may discontinue universal contact tracing but are expected to assist LHDs with contact tracing, case investigation and exposure notification related to outbreaks or clusters in schools as determined by the LHD.
  • K-12 schools should 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. The best place for kids is in school, in-person, full-time.
  • ODH also will change the school case reporting cadence to weekly. Schools should report positive student and staff cases to their LHDs by close of business on Fridays. LHDs will continue to report on the same weekly cadence. This schedule will begin on Friday, Feb. 4. ODH will continue to evaluate related school reporting requirements.

In summation- ONLY POSITIVE CASES WILL BE QUARANTINED.  The schools will follow the Mask to Stay Rule- Mask to Stay Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following: • Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure. • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19. • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity).

 

Additional SummationQUARANTINE OF CONTACTS- Per ODH Order- There will no longer be universal quarantining of close contacts of sick people.  In the K-12 (including pre-K) setting the “mask to stay, test to play” protocols apply.  To further simplify, if you are exposed and are not symptomatic you can stay in school with a mask for 10 days after exposure, so long as the individual remains asymptomatic.

As I stated last time, these decisions are never easy and will not always please everyone.  If you feel comfortable continuing to wear a mask, that is encouraged and highly recommended.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  

 

Thank you,

 

Scot Gheen

 


September 9, 2021

 

In Wednesday night’s board of education meeting, it was decided that Meigs Local will be mandating the use of mask and facial coverings in all indoor facilities effective Monday, September 13.  This decision is based on current data of increasing COVID positives and quarantine cases in the district, county, and state, which have rapidly risen since the decision was made in early August.  In accordance with the most current Ohio department of health guidance, the use of mask and facial coverings should greatly reduce most quarantine issues encountered in the school setting.  Masks and facial coverings will continue to be mandated on all school buses as well.  While we know these decisions may not be in agreement by everyone, we believe with the rising numbers in our nation, state, and county, it is the best decision for the safety of our students and staff.  We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.  Thank You
 

Below you will find a document with guidelines for quarantine after exposure to covid-19 has been determined.  We hope this may help  you understand the decision making process as well as actions taken. 

Covid-19 exposure and quarantine fact sheet
Covid-19 exposure and quarantine flow chart

 

Scot Gheen
Superintendent
Meigs Local School System
 


 

August 12, 2021

Dear Meigs Local Parents and Community:

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have informed school districts in Ohio that the use of masks and/or facial coverings will be recommended, but not mandated, for the upcoming school year. In accordance with ODH and CDC recommendations, Meigs Local encourages the use of masks or facial coverings and strongly recommends them for all students, staff, and visitors for the 2021-2022 school year in indoor settings.

Meigs Local will respect the right of the parent/guardian to make a choice of using masks/facial coverings for their child based upon the current ODH and CDC recommendations. The board reserves the right to mandate a district wide masking policy at any time based upon state and local COVID data or any state and federal mandate. Under current ODH guidelines, parents need to recognize that quarantine protocols are reduced with vaccination eligibility and use of masks/facial coverings. 

Below you will find a document with guidelines for quarantine after exposure to covid-19 has been determined.  We hope this may help  you understand the decision making process as well as actions taken. 

Covid-19 exposure and quarantine fact sheet
Covid-19 exposure and quarantine flow chart

Meigs Local will require that any students, staff, or coach who utilizes school transportation wear a mask at all times in accordance with current law. Additionally, the district will be asking students, staff, and parents to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • If you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID or the flu, please stay home until you are symptom free for 24 hours.
  • Please do a wellness check before coming to school or a school-related event. If you have a temperature above 100.4 degrees, you should refrain from coming to school until you are symptom free for 24 hours
  • Please continue to practice good hygiene (wash hands, cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, refrain from touching your nose and mouth).
  • Please be respectful and supportive of those wearing masks in our buildings and on our grounds.
  • Cleaning protocols will continue to be stressed at all levels and functions in the district.

Meigs Local would also like to inform all parents that we will not be offering the 100% remote education platform like we had last school year. Meigs Local will be holding in-person classes five days per week for all students during the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the district update, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (740) 992-2153. Please visit our website at www.meigslocal.org for additional information.

 

Respectfully,

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Scot Gheen
Superintendent
Meigs Local School District





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