At the November 22, 2021 OCBE meeting, the Board approved a mitigation strategy that could be implemented in individual schools going forward in order to prevent a COVID outbreak.
This strategy allows our COVID committee to continue to analyze the data within individual schools on a daily basis and may implement masking school-wide for up to 2 weeks. These decisions on individual schools would be based on the number of positive cases in a school, family connection of positive cases, school exposure of positive cases, large events, and suspected school transmission.
November 9, 2021 Update:
In light of recent data, the Oldham County Board of Education made the following adjustments to our COVID-19 plan.
Parents must notify the school if their child tests positive for COVID-19.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days as long as the student does not exhibit any symptoms.
For purposes of quarantines, “close contact” will be determined as follows:
If both individuals are wearing face masks, close contact means they were within 3’ for greater than 30 minutes during the day.
If one of neither of the individuals are wearing face masks, close contact means there were within 6' for greater than 30 minutes during the school day.
Vaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure will not be required to quarantine if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Unvaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure, provided that they are symptom-free. Quarantine may be reduced to 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test taken on day 5 or later. Alternatively, students may opt into the Test to Stay program.
The district will continue the “Test to Stay” program for students and staff who are determined to be a close contact of an individual who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Students and staff who opt to participate in the “Test to Stay” program will have the opportunity to avoid quarantine by receiving a negative rapid antigen test each morning before school.
Students or staff who opt to participate in the “Test to Stay” program must wear a face mask in school buildings during the testing period. A student or staff member who is observed not wearing a face mask at school during the testing period will be required to complete the remainder of the isolation period out of school.
These tests are completely voluntary and will require parental consent for students under the age of 18 years.
Volunteers must still be approved by the school principal or other school administrator prior to visit.
Mask Survey Results:
Under the current conditions, considering Covid-19 rates in the community, Covid-19 school case numbers, and vaccination rates, do you feel that the universal masking policy should continue?
On most days, wearing a mask while in school has been:
October 25, 2021 Update:
At the October 25, 2021 OCBE meeting, the Oldham County Board of Education approved keeping the current mask policy in place and will review again in two weeks, at their November 8 work session. Below is the information shared with the Board during that meeting. This information is current as of October 25, 2021, unless otherwise noted.
TOTALS (as of November 1)
*Current Community Incident Rate = 15.4 (as of November 1)
* Community incident rate has decreased by 74.33% since the high of 67.4 on 9/6/2021
*Current active students = 12 (as of November 1)
8/23 - 8/27
Total county population = 66,799
Total population vaccinated = 40,582
% of county population vaccinated = 60.75%
% of “first dose” administered by age group:
The Oldham County Board of Education approved a policy requiring masks in school buildings on August 9, 2021. This policy still stands, even with the approval of Senate Bill 1. Masks will continue to be required by all students, staff and visitors inside Oldham County Schools.
August 9, 2021 Update:
Our current plan is based on the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning.
Please know that at any time, additional preventative measures may be implemented if school or community spread necessitates or if mandates are issued.
Mask policy update - August 9, 2021
Masks are required for all persons while indoors and on school buses.
A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
We ask that you please notify the school as soon as possible if your child tests positive for COVID-19. The District will examine student absence policies to ensure that students are not penalized for COVID-19 related absences, including student illness and quarantine orders.
A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes while the person was considered contagious.
Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least >3 feet away from an infected student if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks and other K-12 prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.
Unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff who are identified as close contacts should be instructed to self-quarantine regardless of whether the exposure occurred within or outside of the school setting. Quarantine may be discontinued when the local public health department determines the individual is safe to be around others or:
Fully-vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine following an exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if he/she is not experiencing symptoms.
After day 10 without testing if the individual is symptom-free.
After day 7 if the individual is symptom-free and receives a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later after the last date of exposure to the case.
Efforts will be focused to ensure as much social distancing as possible when appropriate and feasible, including at lunch, seat time, and other stationary times throughout the day.
OCS is fortunate to have heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that have been designed by some of the leading professional engineering firms in the country and are built to exceed ASHRAE standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
OCS implemented additional measures prior to returning to in-person instruction during the 20-21 school year to maximize indoor air quality even further through mechanical dilution and filtration processes. These practices will continue to be utilized for the foreseeable future.
Based on our student population there is not a significant need for virtual-only instruction. The OCS Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) was a necessity during the height of the pandemic, but it was not designed to be an on-going educational entity. There are options for students who are medically fragile. Please contact student services at our district office for more information.
It is important to note that NTI for COVID-19 has not been approved by the State of Kentucky for this school year at this time.
As we start the school year, we will not be allowing visitors for lunch. This will be reevaluated after the first semester.
Volunteers must be approved by the school principal or other school administrator prior to visit and must wear a mask.
We encourage all eligible students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine and ask that you please keep your student at home if they are showing any symptoms of illness during the school year.
We will continue close communications with the Oldham County Health Department and revise our plan as necessary. If there’s one thing we learned from the last school year, it’s that flexibility and adaptability is key, and we appreciate the cooperation we continue to receive from our families to ensure our students have a successful school year.
Due to reduced participation in the Test to Stay program, starting Tuesday, November 2, the hours will now be to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day school is in session. The location remains at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.
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