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Covid- 19 Guidance
Butler County General Health District
As COVID-19 has evolved, public health mitigation strategies have had to adjust periodically to address new challenges. The quick spread of the Omicron variant and its rapid clinical course have made universal contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notification impractical when combined with newly reduced timelines for quarantine and isolation.
The following guidance is subject to change.
BCGHD will be attempting case investigations for high priority cases, which includes, but is not limited to the following:
- 64 and older
- If known; people with certain medical conditions. See CDC definition in resources.
- 17 and younger
- If known: Congregate settings
- If known: Clusters
The combination of being vaccinated and wearing a mask continues to be a good formula to keep our kids safe in school. Schools may discontinue universal contact tracing but are expected to assist BCGHD with contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notification related to outbreaks and clusters in schools as determined. Classroom notifications to parents/guardians are still part of the guidance.
Schools should continue to do contact tracing for the following high prioritization contacts:
- Household contacts
- People with certain medical conditions.
Please notify BCGHD when there is an outbreak.
For COVID-19, an outbreak is defined as two or more cases that are epidemiologically linked with common exposure in a community, institutional, or healthcare setting, do not share a household, and are not in close contact with each other in another setting.
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.
- Regardless of where the exposure occurred, an individual exposed to a COVID-19 case can continue to attend school as long as they wear a mask, and remain asymptomatic.
- If the individual plays a sport, they should follow the Test to Play guidelines.
ODH also will change the school case reporting cadence to weekly. Schools should report positive student and staff cases BCGHD by the close of business on Fridays. BCGHD 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.
- Oftentimes, schools know of the positive cases before the health department, either because of data entry delays or the individual taking an at-home test. Because of this, we are asking that schools please attempt to send the K-12 email line lists daily, focusing on high-priority cases and high-priority contacts.
When a COVID-19 positive individual is identified in the K-12 setting, please notify parents/guardians of the exposure, going back 48 hours from symptom onset date or positive test date. Contacts can follow the Mask to Stay protocol. Monitor for symptoms 14 days after last exposure. Get a test on or after day 5 after last exposure, if possible.
RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE OPPOSITION OF THE BOARD TO VACCINE MANDATES
WHEREAS, since March 2020 the Board of Education of the New Miami Local School District (“Board”) has worked with the community, staff, and students to address the risks of COVID-19 through periods of closure and remote learning, quarantines, contact tracing, social distancing, masking and facilitating access to vaccinations for those who choose to be vaccinated; and
WHEREAS, through these actions, and the many private and personal decisions of those in the school and community, the impact of COVID-19 on the lives and education of New Miami students have been significantly reduced; and
WHEREAS, the Board continues to share timely and accurate information with the community, staff, and students regarding the risks of COVID-19 and steps that can be taken to mitigate those risks including masking and vaccination; and
WHEREAS, the response to COVID-19 has evolved with the scientific understanding and medical advancements in addressing the risks. At this time individuals ages 5 and older have access to vaccination; and
WHEREAS, the Board believes that the decision whether to receive the vaccination against COVID-19 in the current circumstances should be a personal decision.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board expresses its opposition to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its employees and students in the current circumstances. Other mitigation measures, such as those set forth in Board Policies 8450 and 8450.01, have proven to be effective to control the spread of the existing variants of COVID-19 within the school setting at this time.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board continues to recognize that COVID-19 is a serious virus that can have devastating impacts on vulnerable individuals. Because of this the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 and any future variants that may arise. In accordance with Board Policies 8450 and 8450.01 as well as federal, state, and local requirements, the Board will continue to take reasonable steps to mitigate spread of COVID-19 within the school setting. The Board’s mitigation plan will be responsive to evolving medical and scientific guidance. Community, staff, and students are encouraged to seek the advice of their medical providers on questions of vaccination and other medical decisions regarding COVID-19.
It is found and determined that all formal actions of this Board concerning or related to the adoption of this Resolution were adopted in an open meeting of this Board, and all deliberations of this Board and any of its committees that resulted in such formal actions were adopted in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Ohio Revised Code.
_________________________ moved and _____________________ seconded the motion that the above Resolution be adopted.
Upon roll call and the adoption of the Resolution, the vote was as follows:
ADOPTED this ____ day of ______________, 2021.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of a Resolution adopted at a meeting held on the 18th day of November 2021, together with a true and correct extract from the minutes of said meeting to the extent pertinent to consideration and adoption of said Resolution.