NSSD COVID Information 2022-23
A Message from Mr. Loving: Student and Staff Health Plan Basics
NSSD Families -
I am writing to share our plan to help keep students and staff healthy and safe as we begin the school year. Let me be clear that our number one goal is to keep students healthy and learning in-person, in school, every school day. We need your help to accomplish this goal.
For the 22-23 school year, planning and responsibility around COVID-19 mitigation have been moved to local county health departments and school districts… for now. We hope to keep it that way. As a result, we plan to use the following mitigation strategies to keep kids healthy and learning in-person. Mitigations are as follows:
- COVID-19 Vaccinations: Encouraged, but not required.
- Face Coverings: Optional, Individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time. Masks are encouraged after being exposed to COVID-19, for individuals who are high risk or live with high risk individuals. Current guidance also includes that individuals who test positive for COVID 19 can discontinue isolation after day 5 (instead of 10 days ), and wear a well fitting mask on days 6-10.
- Physical Distancing: There are no plans to implement physical distancing at this time. (IF we experience a high transmission rate this may be considered as a mitigation strategy.)
- Hand Washing: Highly encouraged throughout the school day, as needed.
- Cohorting: There are no plans to cohort students at this time. (IF we experience a high transmission rate this may be considered as a mitigation strategy.)
- Daily Symptom Screening: Check with your students each morning to see how they are feeling. We ask that families keep their student home when their student is experiencing symptoms.
- Testing: Tests and testing for staff and students are free and available at all school sites upon request.
- Ventilation & Circulation: School and classroom ventilation systems are inspected regularly for proper operation and effectiveness. Circulation is adjusted daily as needed.
- Cleaning & Disinfecting: We will be following the ODE approved school and classroom cleaning protocols.
- Training & Public Health: All staff have completed the required communicable disease education training prior to the start of the school year and have received COVID specific orientation from district nurses.
Notifications of COVID-19 cases at school will be posted on the COVID Dashboard on the District Website. If a school has an increased transmission rate, parents will be informed to enable increased monitoring of their child and access testing.
NSSD will offer 3 optional COVID-19 testing programs for students and staff to help maintain healthy school environments and inform care and return to school. Each school site has ample supplies of iHealth kits to support families.
- iHealth At-home
- Weekly Screening
- School Testing
Please visit the COVID Management Plan for more detailed information.
iHealth At-home Testing
How It Works:
If you are notified or become aware of an exposure (student or staff) you may request an iHealth testing kit from your school office. Additionally, parents can opt to pick up a kit at school to keep on hand at home in case an exposure or symptoms occur.
Information about this program and sign-up forms are on our District Website or use the QR codes below.
Testing At School
- When students or staff become ill at school.
- When a student or staff member are within 10 days of being exposed to a positive case of COVID in K-12 settings, during extracurriculars, in the community, or in the household, and are symptom-free. The ideal testing time would be five days from exposure.
- This test asks students to be able to self-collect the nasal swab sample.
This option is performed with the Binaxnow Rapid tests and results are available in 15 minutes.
Contact a school office or email email@example.com to access this testing.