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Little Miami COVID-19 Headquarters

We all must do our part to keep healthy students in school & sick students at home! Before sending your student to school, please do a wellness check for symptoms of ANY illness – cough, runny nose, headache, nausea, fever, etc.! If they are feeling sick, please keep them home. Your efforts will help us keep LM students learning in the classroom.

Wellness Check steps

In coordination with recommendations from the Warren County Health District, ODH, and the CDC, Little Miami Local Schools will be adhering to the guidance proposed in the Warren County Schools Common Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year. As recommendations change, Little Miami Schools will adjust to coincide with guidance that will best ensure a safe & successful school year. 

Little Miami Schools coordinates with & receives regular COVID-19 updates from local public health officials. This page will continue to be updated, as guidance from the CDC, ODH, and Warren County Health Department adjusts. 

 

As of January 26th, 2022, the Ohio Department of Health has updated the requirements of schools and they no longer require us to contact trace. The requirements of Little Miami will turn into a completely supportive role to help parents and students proactively fight against COVID-19. We will also help our students understand how to “live with COVID-19” and be respectful of those that still wish to enact certain protective measures. Click here to view the latest Contact Tracing & Reporting Guidance from the Warren County Health District.

Here are a few things you need to know as we move forward:

Exposure Risk

Similar to going to the grocery store, attending an athletic contest, or participating in a family function we are all at risk of being exposed to COVID-19. As we move forward, we state with certainty that attending school allows for a similar exposure possibility as the examples above. As we have done in the past, there may be a time where a large number of cases would cause us to adjust our approach.

Continued Isolation Requirements for COVID Positive Students

COVID-19 positive isolation requirements are still in place at this time. Please reference the following document for help with isolation procedures. 

Please continue to monitor your child’s symptoms, help them to practice good hygiene procedures, and please keep them home if they are sick. The Little Miami Nursing Team will continue to support our staff, students, and parents with information to help during this transition back to a new level of normalcy.

If you have COVID-19 questions regarding isolations and quarantines, please email Little Miami’s new Warren County Educational Services Center Nurse, Sheila Edwards at [email protected].  

Test to Play - 

Test to Play permits students to participate in extracurricular activities after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they:

  • Wear a mask when able. (This includes: transportation; locker rooms; sitting/standing on
    the sidelines; and anytime the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity, or create a safety hazard.)
    • Test on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
    • Testing on day 5 after exposure is recommended.  

Mask/Face Covering Guidance

  • Masks/face coverings are optional for all LM students.
  • Masks/face coverings are optional for staff members. 

Cleaning Protocols

  • Disinfecting materials (wipes and cleaning solution) should be present in each classroom.
  • GermStop disinfection service will continue to be applied to all LM buildings every 30 days.
  • Hand sanitizer will be present in each classroom.
  • Classroom desks will be disinfected once a day.

Classroom & Facility Guidance

  • Water fountains in all LM buildings will be evaluated by LM Maintenance the week of Feb. 27 and prepared for restoration to pre-COVID-19 operation. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Water bottle filling stations will be available throughout each building.

Visitors & Volunteers

  • Volunteers are permitted in all LM school buildings beginning in the second quarter of the school year.
  • Steps to Volunteer
    1. Complete the "COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators" Course available here: https://nfhslearn.com/courses   
    2. Print the certificate that you receive at the end of this course & submit to Joanie Gonda, HR Administrative Assistant. 
    3. Review "Individual Building In-Person Learning Details’  https://www.littlemiamischools.com/resources/covid-19-hq-50/
    4. Masking - If social distancing cannot be maintained, use of facial covering is required.

    Follow up with Human Resources Office (HR Administrative Assistant, Joanie Gonda) for the following:  

    1. Provide a copy of your "COVID-19 for Coaches & Administrators" course certificate.   
    2. Check on background check status, if needed (needed only if alone with children, field trips, etc.). 
    3. Board Agenda approval as a volunteer.

Daily Self-Monitoring & Illness

  • Students and staff are encouraged to do a personal health check prior to coming to school.
  • Stay home when not feeling well.

Learning Contingency Framework

  • 100% in-person learning returns & is the preferred method of instruction.
  • Blended Learning Plan remains in place. Lack of staffing, high number of COIVD-19 cases & quarantines may result in the utilization of the remote learning plan. At any point in which student absences rise to 10% or more at a building, remote blended learning may be implemented.

LM’s Legal Responsibility to Follow Mandates

Little Miami is focused on serving our families & continues to do due diligence to seek answers to important questions on difficult topics. After the August BOE meeting, the district sought legal counsel on quarantines and isolation requirements. The following is the legal advice given to the district:

“For the legal requirement to follow the orders, ORC 3707.16 sets forth your requirements to follow the quarantine/isolation orders of the health department. Districts are mandated to exclude those under order of isolation/quarantine. If the district does not follow this mandate, any liability protections for the district and its staff could be removed as the district would not be following the legal requirements set forth in the ORC.” 

Little Miami Local Schools will continue to work with other public school districts throughout Warren County, as well as the health professionals at the Warren County Health District to develop a more refined quarantine process, with the focus of keeping more students in school.