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New Quarantine Information for Families

Posted: 10/18/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, 21-22 COVID Updates

 

October 18, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

Guidance on managing COVID-19 within our schools is updated regularly and is impacted both by Ohio law and public health recommendations. Our focus has been on keeping students in school, in-person, five days each week, and we remain committed to that goal while also following any applicable laws and maintaining rigorous health and safety practices.

A new Ohio law (Ohio House Bill 244) recently took effect and requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated students to be treated equally with regard to close contacts, quarantines and school activities. Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has modified its recommendations to align with this law, and GJPS now is required to revise notification information as follows:

  • Unless FCPH issues a quarantine order to your child, the decision to self-quarantine is left to the parent or guardian.
  • GJPS staff will provide the appropriate FCPH self-quarantine letter to close contacts.
  • If your child does not self-quarantine and returns to school after receiving notice of being a direct contact, the district requires the following for a 14-day period after the date of last exposure:
  1. The student must wear a face mask indoors during the school day and during indoor athletics/extra-curricular activities.
  2. Parents/guardians are urged to conduct daily symptom checks at home.

In addition, it is recommended that direct contacts test for COVID-19 on day five or after following exposure.

Our masking requirements for students remain in place, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, parents/guardians of students experiencing symptoms outlined in the child participation algorithm should keep their students home.

Building principals and teachers will do all they can to support families who must keep kids home for quarantine. Our work to carefully monitor positive cases and understand spread in our schools will continue. Our COVID-19 Task Force will watch our district data closely and have ongoing conversations about the best next steps for our students.

We understand this is complicated and creates burdens for families, and our school nursing team will support our families through this process as we are able.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


New Quarantine Information for Families

Posted: 10/18/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, 21-22 COVID Updates

 

October 18, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

Guidance on managing COVID-19 within our schools is updated regularly and is impacted both by Ohio law and public health recommendations. Our focus has been on keeping students in school, in-person, five days each week, and we remain committed to that goal while also following any applicable laws and maintaining rigorous health and safety practices.

A new Ohio law (Ohio House Bill 244) recently took effect and requires both vaccinated and unvaccinated students to be treated equally with regard to close contacts, quarantines and school activities. Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has modified its recommendations to align with this law, and GJPS now is required to revise notification information as follows:

  • Unless FCPH issues a quarantine order to your child, the decision to self-quarantine is left to the parent or guardian.
  • GJPS staff will provide the appropriate FCPH self-quarantine letter to close contacts.
  • If your child does not self-quarantine and returns to school after receiving notice of being a direct contact, the district requires the following for a 14-day period after the date of last exposure:
  1. The student must wear a face mask indoors during the school day and during indoor athletics/extra-curricular activities.
  2. Parents/guardians are urged to conduct daily symptom checks at home.

In addition, it is recommended that direct contacts test for COVID-19 on day five or after following exposure.

Our masking requirements for students remain in place, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, parents/guardians of students experiencing symptoms outlined in the child participation algorithm should keep their students home.

Building principals and teachers will do all they can to support families who must keep kids home for quarantine. Our work to carefully monitor positive cases and understand spread in our schools will continue. Our COVID-19 Task Force will watch our district data closely and have ongoing conversations about the best next steps for our students.

We understand this is complicated and creates burdens for families, and our school nursing team will support our families through this process as we are able.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


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