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Screening and Isolation Policy

OSD and OSSB COVID-19 SCREENING AND ISOLATION POLICY

[Note: This policy is subject to change pursuant to state, county or city ordinances regarding screening and isolation or new guidance provided by the CDC, ODH, ODE, local health departments or any other prevailing authority]

Screening and Mitigation:

When Students and/or Staff Should Stay Home:

Any student or staff member (staff members is an inclusive term and includes but is not limited to all salaried and hourly employees, vendors, contractors and volunteers) should stay home from school if they are experiencing new and non-chronic:

            One of the Following[1]:

    • Fever (100.4 Degrees or higher)
    • New or worsened cough
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • New or worsened nasal congestion or runny nose

OR

            Two or More of the Following[2]:

    • Headaches
    • Body aches
    • New or worsened fatigue
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Additionally, if any student or staff member has close contact with a laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ person, that student or staff member must stay home from school for fourteen (14) days after the last known close contact.[3]

 


[1] Excludes symptoms attributable to an alternative diagnosis.   Clinical judgment should always guide testing practices.

[2] Excludes symptoms attributable to an alternative diagnosis.  Clinical judgment should always guide testing practices.

What information should be reported to OSD/OSSB:

    • Any students or staff members who are laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed with COVID-19+ must report that information to the COVID-19 Coordinator by calling (614)-907-2284 or emailing covidreporting@osdb.oh.gov.
    • Any students or staff members who have had known close contact with a person who is COVID-19+ must report that information to the COVID-19 Coordinator by calling (614)-907-2284 or emailing covidreporting@osdb.oh.gov.    
    • Any students or staff members with any of the above COVID-19 symptoms must report that information to Student Health Services at (614) 679-2852 for OSSB and (614) 598-1429 for OSD. If symptom(s) present on campus, staff or student with symptom(s) are to physically report to Student Health Services.

Temperature Checks:  

All staff, students and visitors should take their temperature or have their temperature taken by a parent or guardian or resident life staff prior to leaving for school in the morning.   If an individual’s temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees, the individual should not come to school.   If the individual is a residential student, the residential student will be isolated per this policy and the residential student’s parent or guardian will be contacted regarding transportation home.

Students, staff and visitors will have their temperature checked again upon entrance to OSD and OSSB.[4]   If a staff member or visitor’s temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees, the staff member or visitor must leave campus immediately.   If a student’s temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees, the student will immediately be isolated in a specified location within the school or the dorms and cared for by OSD or OSSB’s nursing staff with appropriate PPE maintaining appropriate social distance.   The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted regarding transportation home.[5]


[4] At the Alice Cogswell Center and the Early Learning Center, student temperatures will be taken by staff prior to exiting their transportation vehicle at drop-off.

Face Coverings:  

Please refer to OSD/OSSB’s face covering policy for student and staff requirements regarding face coverings.  If an individual who is required to wear a face covering per the schools’ policy arrives to OSSB/OSD without a face covering (or an approved face covering), one will be provided to them.

Close Contact with a laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ Individual:

The CDC defines close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. .

If any student or staff member has been in close contact with a laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ person, that student or staff member must stay home from school for fourteen (14) days after the last known close contact. [6] 


Individuals should self-monitor for symptoms by:   

  1. Checking their temperature twice a day,
  2. Watch for fever over 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.

If no symptoms have been present after fourteen (14) days and the individual has not received different instructions from their local health department, the individual may return to school.


[6] A negative COVID-19 test will not remove the obligation to stay home from school for fourteen (14) days.

When an Individual Exhibits Symptoms at School or in the Dorms:

If a staff member exhibits any of the above-mentioned symptoms at school or in the dorms, the staff member must immediately notify Student Health Services as well as their supervisor and must leave campus.    If the staff member did not already have a face covering per the school’s policy, the staff member will be provided with and required to wear a face covering.  If symptoms intensify before the staff member can leave campus, OSD and OSSB will assist with medical transport as necessary.

If a student exhibits any of the above-mentioned symptoms while at school, the student will be immediately separated from others and isolated in a designated area until transportation home can be arranged. The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted regarding transportation home.[7]   The student will be cared for by OSD and OSSB Student Health Services or a designee with appropriate PPE and maintaining social distance during that time.   If the student did not already have a face covering per the school’s policy, the student will be provided with and required to wear a face covering.   If symptoms intensify before transportation home has been arranged, OSD and OSSB will arrange for emergency medical transport.

OSD and OSSB will thoroughly sanitize any area of campus occupied by the individual exhibiting symptoms.


[7] Parents and guardians must have a plan in place to be able to pick their student up from school and/or dorms promptly upon contact from Student Health Services.

When can an Individual return after being Symptomatic of a COVID-19 Illness:

It is OSD and OSSB’s strong preference that if COVID-19 testing is available that any symptomatic individual should access a COVID-19 test.   If an individual is experiencing any of the aforementioned listed symptoms of COVID-19, the individual or their parent/guardian should contact their primary care physician for guidance.

Students or staff who have been symptomatic of COVID-19 but have not been tested may return to school after all of the following has occurred:

  1. At least 10 days* have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  2. Free of fever (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours and
  3. Other symptoms have improved.

ten (10) days after symptom onset and a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours has passed without a fever and with improved symptoms.

Students or staff who have been symptomatic of COVID-19 and who have received negative test results may return to school after twenty-four (24) hours have passed free of a fever (without the use of medication) and with improved symptoms.
 

*unless otherwise noted by a local health department and/or physician.

When can an Individual return after being laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed as COVID-19+:

Individuals may return to school after all of the following has occurred:

  1. At least 10 days* have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  2. Free of fever (without the use of medication) for at least 24 hours and
  3. Other symptoms have improved.

OR

If testing is readily available, individual with a COVID+ test but no symptoms may return to school after both of the following has occurred:

  1. They continue to have no symptoms, and
  2. 10 days* have passed since the positive test


*unless otherwise noted by a local health department and/or physician.

Reporting of laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ cases on campus:

OSD and OSSB Student Health Services will contact the local health department with all laboratory confirmed or clinically diagnosed COVID-19+ cases on campus.

In conjunction with Columbus Public Health, OSD and OSSB’s Superintendent’s Office will inform staff and families of students who have had close contact with a diagnosed COVID-19+ individual pursuant to OSD and OSSB’s COVID-19 Notification Plan while maintaining confidentiality consistent with applicable state and federal law.    Staff and families of students who have been in close contact with the COVID-19+ individual will be notified by the local health department and/or OSD and OSSB to stay home for fourteen (14) days and monitor symptoms in those circumstances.[8]


[8] OSD and OSSB will follow Columbus Public Health’s guidance regarding contact tracing and quarantine protocols in the event of a COVID-19+ case on campus.

When Students must stay home due to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System COVID-19 County Risk Level:  

OSD and OSSB students must stay home and engage in OSD and OSSB’s remote learning options if that student’s home county is determined to be at a Level 4 Public Emergency, risk level color coded purple.   If a county’s risk level changes to purple while a residential student is on campus, the student can remain on campus through Thursday of that week, at which time they would go home and not return to in-person learning on campus until their home county’s risk level is decreased. In the event Franklin County is determined to be at a Level 4 Public Emergency (purple) OSD and OSSB will move into a full remote learning environment.

General Provisions:

Failure or refusal to abide by this policy by a staff member or student may result in discipline in accordance with other school policies, handbooks, and/or codes of conduct, as applicable.

This policy shall supersede any conflicting provisions in other school policies, handbooks or procedures.


The Superintendent may amend these requirements as necessary to meet federal and state guidelines.

 

Adoption Date: 8/17/2020       Revised Date: 10/28/2020