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COVID-19 Update - Returning From Winter Break

Dear Dublin Parents/Guardians,

In preparation for the return of our students from winter recess on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, we want to provide you with some updated health and safety information that will be in effect upon our return.

Due to the current surge of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, Dublin City Schools is requesting that all staff, students, and visitors wear a mask during school hours and at school events from Jan. 3, 2022 through Jan. 15, 2022, regardless of vaccination status.

Please remember, our PK-8 mask mandate is still in effect for students without a mask exemption.

In order to keep our staff and students healthy and in school, we are asking everyone to please do your part by masking-up for the next two weeks. We have no plans to shift to remote learning; we know that in-person education is the best option for most students. However, we would be forced to change to remote learning or close school buildings for periods of time if we don’t have enough healthy staff to operate our schools and transport students. We need your help. For two weeks, even if you have a mask exemption and are fully vaccinated, we are requesting your help. Let’s keep our students and staff safe during this current surge. 

Unless required by law or an order issued by a health or other governmental entity, the District will not deny education for a student who doesn’t wear a mask. We will continue to honor mask exemption submissions, but for this limited time frame, as we work through the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, we ask ALL parents to require their students to wear masks in the school setting. 

No student, staff member or visitor shall be ridiculed, bullied or harassed for exercising their choice to wear or not wear a mask in our schools.  

Additionally, the District is aware of the recent updates published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which may be found here for your convenience.  Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) have also released updates within the past two days

We remain committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community. We will continue to monitor our available data with our leadership and medical advisory teams to fulfill our goal of keeping our students safe and at school in person for the duration of the 2021-22 school year.  We will continue to provide you with any updates as necessary. 

Sincerely,

Mr. Christopher Valentine

Board of Education President

Mr. Scott Melody

Board of Education Member

Dr. John Marschhausen

Superintendent of Schools

 

Other protocols in place as students return to class on Jan. 4

Social Distancing, Hand Washing and Hand Sanitizing

As a best practice, it is recommended that social distancing, hand washing, and hand sanitizing should continue to be practiced to the greatest extent possible throughout our schools.  The District will continue to provide ready access to hand washing stations and hand sanitizer for daily use while at school.  

 

Contact Tracing and Direct Contact Notification

Because the coronavirus is a Class A Communicable Disease, our District is required to continue to cooperate with contact tracing and provide notice of anyone identified as a direct contact. The District retains its legal rights to prohibit any person who tests positive for the coronavirus or who is symptomatic without an alternate diagnosis from being on the school grounds just like with other communicable diseases.  

The District will continue to provide written notice from the health department to any individual identified as a close contact.  Upon receipt, the parent/guardian of a student or staff member will determine the action necessary.  When necessary, the District will work with the health department to assist any individual/family with questions or other required actions based upon each individual’s circumstances.

All families should continue to contact their school nurse to report/discuss any personal/family coronavirus circumstances.

 

Daily Symptom Checks and Monitoring

We continue to request that all families conduct daily symptom checks prior to sending students to school.  One or more symptoms may be present and often vary by student. Please keep your child home if symptomatic or until you receive an alternate diagnosis as recommended by health officials. The District will continue to provide test kits to any student or staff member who is identified as a direct contact as long as they are available, along with the information provided by the health department.