Teays Valley Local Schools News Article

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

As we begin the 2021-22 school year, we would like to express our gratitude to all of Viking Nation for the work you did last school year to get through the unprecedented year. We are excited to move forward with a new school year and we look forward to beginning the year with all of our Vikings on a normal schedule.

With COVID-19 still active in our community, we will continue to take additional safety precautions within our schools and on buses. We will regularly meet with the Pickaway County Health Director and will communicate with parents as any changes to protocols occur.

Scroll down to read more about safety protocols relating to COVID-19. 


The following practices will continue within our school buildings next school year:

  • Frequent hand washing routines;

  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout each school building and inside our classrooms;

  • Thorough cleaning practices, including buses and cafeterias;

  • The use of water bottle filling stations;

  • Continuing to urge families to monitor their child’s health every day;

  • Students and staff should stay home when sick. 


When it comes to a positive COVID-19 case, the district will conduct contact tracing, which includes:

  • Exposure letters will be emailed to any exposed individuals.

  • Students will be quarantined pending the degree of exposure, based on contact tracing. More information about quarantine protocols, can be found at this link.

  • Per the Health Department, students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to quarantine, if exposed.

  • Students who become sick during the school day or arrive at school sick will be assessed by the school nurse. Pending symptoms, students may be required to quarantine.

 

We have received questions and feedback about the use of masks in school buildings this fall:

  • The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) requires masks to be worn on school buses.

  • As of August 30, 2021, all students in grades K-8 will be required to wear masks indoors.

 

*Updates to this information will be made if/when we receive revised recommendations from the Health Department.


 

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