With optional masking beginning for older students after Thanksgiving break, it is important to remember the quarantine guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Lake County General Health District. If a student is exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting, they do not need to quarantine at home if they wear a mask for 14 days and monitor symptoms. If a student begins to have symptoms, they should stay home and be tested.
The purpose of this change is to keep students in school. The data in Lake County currently shows a transmission rate in the school setting of approximately 5%. We will be notifying impacted families and let them know that they will be required to wear a mask to stay in school. Mask exemptions would not apply here as parents do have the choice to keep their students home to quarantine.
The Board approved the January date for the elementary students to allow time for those families that choose to have their children vaccinated the opportunity to do so. While no one is required to be vaccinated, schools have been asked to share information that vaccines are now available for students ages 5-11 and continue to be available for students ages 12 and up. For more information on student vaccines, go to https://www.lcghd.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-ncov/covid-19-vaccination/ or check with your child’s pediatrician.
As a district, our goal continues to be to keep our students in school and learning. Optional masking will not change that. The quarantine guidance allows students to remain in school. As we go into the heart of cold and flu season as well, please keep your students home when they are sick. That most definitely will keep the spread of all germs down.
On another note, our Board adopted a resolution last night that provides more flexibility in hiring substitute teachers. If you ever had a desire to teach, now is your chance. Requirements include:
· Successful completion of a criminal background check
· Recommended by the district as strong fit for the district
· High school diploma
· Evidence of a nonrenewable temporary substitute teaching license issued by the Ohio Department of Education (The district will
guide candidates through this process).
If you are interested, please send an email letter of request to Susan.Quayle@madisonschools.net.
Finally, I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a joyful and healthy holiday season. #MadisonStrong!
Angela Smith, Superintendent