Ohio Department of Health guidelines to be adopted by Dalton schools
Dalton Local Schools School Board
Meeting of Monday, October 25
KEY ACTION Superintendent James Saxer met with council to discuss the new guidelines for the Ohio Department of Health he would adopt with regard to quarantine practices in schools.
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As part of his superintendent’s report, Saxer shared the most recent orientation from the Ohio Department of Health regarding quarantine practices that were announced earlier today.
Saxer explained to the board that under the new directive, which the ODH calls “Mask to Stay / Test to Play”, would help “keep children healthy in school”.
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According to the new guidelines published on the ODH website, if it turns out that a student or staff member is a direct contact with a person who tested positive in a school environment, regardless of that person’s immunization status, they can stay in school if they are it does the following things:
- Wear a mask for 14 days after their last exposure
- Self-monitoring, or parent-monitor, for symptoms
- Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms
- They may possibly discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven days if they do not develop symptoms and test negative between the fifth and seventh day after exposure.
Similar updates were shared regarding quarantine practices for students participating in extracurricular activities with some differences.
According to the ODH website, these students can continue participating in the activities if they pass a test when they are first notified and again between the fifth and seventh period. If this second test is negative, they can then end their quarantine.
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Saxer said this update came after a pilot version of the guide was tested near Warren, Ohio with some success. He also said Wayne County Health Commissioner Nick Cascarelli told him he suspected the Wayne County Department of Health will follow the ODH and issue similar updated guidelines.
After responding to questions from the board regarding the new practices, Saxer said he would work to implement the new guidelines in schools as soon as possible and communicate the changes to parents and coaches shortly. .
Updates and additions to the construction project
Following the approval of the board during last month meeting To work with Gardiner Service Co. for the installation of the high school heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, the treasurer will now begin to work on the details of the exact contract with the company.
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Board treasurer Patrick McGinty said he will now work with Gardiner to draft the official contract for the project before it is presented to the board. This contract will list things like cost, schedule and other project details.
The board also approved McGinty to begin the bidding process for a second project related to the new HVAC system. With high school windows and entrances remaining from the original building, contractors examining the condition of vents throughout the school suggested they be upgraded with the HVAC system this summer.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
- Brian Anderson will fill the role of the new first-grade boys’ basketball coach after being approved for the role by the board of directors on Monday night.
- The Class of 1971 donated $ 5,000 to the District to go to the Softball Field Scoreboard.
- Council Treasurer Patrick McGinty presented the updated five-year forecast for the district using the new formula released by the state. He said there are no major issues he sees right now and anticipates the district could break even with its spending.
FOLLOWING The next board meeting will be on November 22 at 7 p.m. at Dalton Elementary and Middle School Commons.
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