COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of students and staff members remains a top priority in Upper Arlington Schools.  After listening to an update from the Medical Advisory Team and hearing feedback from parents and community members during public participation and via email, the Board of Education passed a resolution at the August 10, 2021, meeting requiring universal masking indoors during the school day for students in preschool through grade 8 and the teachers, staff and visitors in those schools, as well as the district’s School-Age Child Care Program, regardless of vaccination status. On September 3, 2021, the Board of Education extended the mask requirement to the high school beginning Tuesday, September 7.  Just like the existing requirement for Pre-K through 8th grade, this means that masking will be required indoors during the school day for students, teachers, other staff members and visitors.


Masking is also currently required for passengers and drivers on all school transportation per a federal order. 


The following mitigation measures remain in place:

  • All schools will maintain the increased cleaning and sanitization procedures that were in place during last school year.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will remain throughout the buildings.

  • Students and staff members will have access to personal protective equipment as needed.  

  • Social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible, and elementary students will be eating lunch in classroom cohorts.  

  • High-quality air filtration systems are also in place at all schools.


The district also encourages families to monitor their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms and follow Franklin County Public Health’s Child In-Person Participation Algorithm as a guide for when children should stay home from school.

QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, the district will be following health department quarantine guidance linked below.


Currently, people who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after being exposed to a positive case as long as they are not experiencing symptoms.  If you would like to provide proof of vaccination to your school, you may email a copy of your student’s vaccination card to the school nurse.  

We will continue to monitor data and consult with public health experts and inform families of any updates.


DAILY SYMPTOM CHECKS

Symptom checks are a crucial part of keeping our school communities - and our entire community - safe and healthy amid the pandemic. We ask that all students and families conduct self-checks for symptoms before you leave for school each day.

Before having your student enter a school building, please consider these three important self-screening questions. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please keep your student home and consult with your family physician. 

  1. Has your student had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with or without a mask in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has any health department or health care provider advised the student to quarantine?
  2. Does your student have any symptoms related to COVID-19? Symptoms include: fever of 100.4ºF or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore threat, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
  3. Has your student been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?
Please contact your school  if your student is experiencing symptoms, receives a positive test or has been exposed to COVID-19.  When reporting any absence, please identify whether the absence is COVID-19 related.

COVID-19 Questionnaire

Has your student tested positive for COVID-19? Please contact your school health office (see the list of emails below). You will receive a link to complete this COVID-19 questionnaire. Please complete the questionnaire, and your school health office will reach out to you with your student's return to school date and any additional questions.

CONTACT INFORMATION

High School
Laurie Long, RN
(614) 487-5278
[email protected]
 
Hastings
Lisa Fleege, BSN, RN
(614) 487-5100, ext 4003
[email protected]
 
Jones 
Jane Mead, RN
(614) 487-5091
[email protected] 
 
Barrington 
Nikki Kennedy, RN 
(614) 487-5180, ext 5003
[email protected]
 
Greensview 
Gina Rancitelli, RN, BSN, LSN
(614) 487-5050, ext 5517
[email protected]
 
Tremont  
Ruth Sacolick, RN
(614) 487-5170, ext 6003
[email protected]
 
Wickliffe and Windermere 
Janice Walsh, RN
Wickliffe Phone: (614) 487-5150, ext 6536 
Wickliffe Email: [email protected]
Windermere Phone: (614) 487-5060, ext 7003
Windermere Email: [email protected]
 
A form must be completed for every student seeking an exemption to the requirement to wear a mask. Forms must be submitted to your student’s building principal.
Families may complete this form and contact the school nurse to coordinate pickup of a free COVID-19 rapid test kit to administer at home to their student.
This document walks you through the steps of administering an at-home rapid test kit.
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