Sycamore Community Schools

January 6, 2021 Update

COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard

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COVID-19 By the Numbers at School

You can find the two latest COVID-19 Weekly Dashboards, including a breakdown of data by school building by clicking here. The two dashboards released today are for the dates of 12/18-12/24 and 12/25-12/31. On Friday, January 8, we will release our weekly dashboard for 1/1-1/7/21.

Ensuring Accuracy of our Dashboards

We're excited to announce Sycamore Community Schools is now using an automated system to build our weekly dashboards. This will ensure the accuracy of all data reported going forward. An audit over Winter Break using the new system revealed minor errors in our year to date totals which have been adjusted beginning with our 12/18-12/24 weekly dashboard. Dashboards issued prior to the 12/18-12/24 dashboard have not been adjusted to reflect the correction.

Updated Quarantine Guidelines

Sycamore Community Schools has recently received updated guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding close contact tracing as a result of evidence of low in-school transmission.

The district will follow the guidelines beginning Wednesday, January 6, which now states the following:

  • If a student or staff member is exposed in a traditional classroom setting to someone with COVID-19, the individual does not need to quarantine as long as masking and other safety and health protocols were followed.

  • If a student or staff member is exposed in a traditional classroom and safety protocols have not been followed (e.g., students or adults in the classroom did not properly wear masks), the individual must quarantine for 14-days from the date of exposure.

  • If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 outside the traditional classroom setting, such as on a bus, at lunch, band or choir class, sports practice, etc. the individual must quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. The revised guidelines above only apply in traditional classroom settings.

  • If a student or staff member is exposed to COVID-19 outside of school (ie. at home or in the community) the individual must quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

The new ODH recommended protocols were updated based on consultation with many resources, including a preliminary evaluation of K-12 school students conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team (OSCE). It showed that, in a supervised classroom setting, there was no discernible difference in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with COVID-19 and students in the same grade who were not close contacts.

How New Quarantine Guidelines Impact Our Process

In all cases of potential exposure, Sycamore Community Schools will continue to consult with Hamilton County Public Health for guidance. The district will also continue to conduct contact tracing and notify anyone who is determined to be a close contact and whether they will need to quarantine or can continue to come to school and work. The district will continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols outlined in our Healthy Aves Plan.

We will continue to follow the same protocols for notification of confirmed cases and close contacts who must quarantine. The only change will be close contacts who do not need to quarantine will be notified via email only and not by phone. Those who must quarantine will receive an email and a phone call.

COVID-19 Vaccination

As part of Phase 1B of Ohio’s vaccination plan, teachers and other school employees will soon be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination if they choose to do so. Sycamore Community Schools has registered with HCPH to receive the vaccine for staff. The dates are still yet to be determined. Students are also encouraged to get vaccinated when it becomes available. We will share any vaccine information and administration details as soon as they become available.

Quarantine Due to Travel

Sycamore Community Schools encourages staff and families to follow CDC guidance related to travel. If your family has elected to self-quarantine due to travel over Winter Break, please notify your school of this excused absence. Teachers have been instructed to provide access to instruction to any students who self-quarantine.

Reminder: Report COVID-19 Online

In addition to calling the COVID-19 Attendance Line (513) 686-1707, families and staff now have the option of reporting COVID-19 related absences online. Please visit and simply fill out the Google Form for your student or yourself. You can also find an icon to the form inside the Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App. Submissions will be monitored daily.