CH-UH Schools COVID-19 Information

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Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

CH-UH Schools COVID-19 Information

September 14, 2022

The District will continue to follow guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the 2022-2023 school year. Our Reopening Advisory Committee, which includes teachers, parents, administrators, and medical experts from MetroHealth, met on August 17 to discuss our protocol recommendations moving forward. 

In addition to the guidelines below, the District will continue to implement good hygiene/cleaning practices and air filtration in all of our buildings.


Masks

The current CDC guidance is that at a High COVID-19 Community Level, universal indoor masking is recommended everywhere, including schools. When the Community Level is High in Cuyahoga County, we strongly encourage all of our students and staff to wear a mask inside the school buildings while our level is High. At this time we are not mandating masks. In March of the 21-22 school year, the District moved to mask-optional for all students, staff and visitors. The Reopening Advisory Committee agreed that it is best to keep masks optional as we enter a new school year. We will continue to monitor our Community Level and guidance from the CCBH and make adjustments if necessary. 


People who have known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 should also wear a well-fitting mask or respirator around others for 10 days from their last exposure, regardless of vaccination status or history of prior infection.


Quarantine, Isolation & Reporting

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, they must isolate for at least five days. The start date for the isolation period depends on whether or not the person who tested positive has symptoms. Refer to this CDC guideline.


They may return to school/work after that time as long as symptoms are improving. If returning to school/work on Day 6, they must also wear a mask for the following 5 days. Student and staff absences should still be reported according to usual protocols. If you or your student test positive for COVID-19, please indicate this when reporting the absence so that the District can report cases to the CCBH.


Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 in school settings, and therefore the District will no longer conduct internal contact tracing. However, if any clusters/outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases within a 14-day period in a school setting) are observed, the District will report this to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health so they can initiate a cluster investigation. The CCBH will then determine if the spread of COVID-19 is suspected in our school community and what measures should be taken. 


As of June 3, the District no longer sends COVID-19 classroom and building case notifications or updates the public case tracker. The Ohio Department of Health lifted the requirement for schools to send these notifications and provide a public case tracker in March.


Vaccinations

Staying up to date on vaccinations, including boosters, provides the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19. Everyone 6 months of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. You can use this questionnaire from the Ohio Department of Health to check eligibility status and book an appointment for yourself or a loved one.
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