Health & Safety Plan

 11/23/2021

(Note: the following is subject to change via new guidelines and current data at any time.)

The current plan is based on a “Healthy Only” framework for opening the CCS campus. This framework requires parents and employees to ensure that ​only healthy individuals are permitted on campus​. The school facilities will receive increased levels of cleaning and sanitizing, while ensuring a minimal disruption to typical classroom routines.

A “Healthy Only” framework provides the greatest level of “normalcy” but depends on students and employees to remain at home if they display any flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with others who are symptomatic.

For the 2021-2022 school year, CCS will return to school as normal but will endeavor to promote and maintain a healthy, hygienic, and safe environment for all who enter our school.

Due to limitations with regard to both financial and human resources, CCS will only offer the option to fully return to school with the necessary precautions and safety guidelines in place.  Should Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education, or the state/local Health Departments determine that a closure is necessary, CCS will evaluate that decision and transition into a distance education model if deemed necessary.  Furthermore, CCS may have to transition to a temporary distance education model if the numbers from positive cases and quarantines warrant it.

Athletics

  • CCS will comply with guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA).
  • In order to return to play after a student athlete’s positive covid test, the Athletic Department is following the progressive policy from the AAP given to us by our Athletic Trainer. A 14-point preparticipation screening evaluation by PCP with emphasis on new onset chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for URI, palpitations or syncope
    o If normal PE and eval: NO TESTING and may return to sports after 10 days from positive test and 24 hours symptoms free
    o If new concerns or abnormal PE, send to pediatric cardiology for EKG and evaluation Recommendations: After minimum of 10 days post positive test and 24 hours symptom free
    o All recommendations per AAP return to sports guideline updated 12/04/2020 Return to sports guideline per AAP (to be implemented by PCP over at least 7 days)
    • Stage 1: (2 days) 15 min or less of light activity, no greater then 70% max heart rate. No resistance training
    • Stage 2: (1 day) 30 min or less. May add simple movement activities (running drills), no greater than 80% max heart rate
    • Stage 3: (1 day) 45 min or less, more complex training. May add light resistance, no greater than 80% max heart rate
    • Stage 4: (2 days) 60 min or less, normal training activity, no greater than 80% max heart rate
    • Stage 5: Return to full activity/participation
    **If patient fails any stage, they remain at that stage until they tolerate activity
Cafeteria/Food Service
  • Lunches and food service will return to normal, and students will eat in the cafeteria. Lunch schedules and dining locations may change as the administration reviews and evaluates best practices for our lunch room procedures.
Classroom and Facilities
  • All classrooms will be equipped with the appropriate cleaning supplies.
  • Common areas including the cafeteria will be cleaned & sanitized throughout the day.
  • Evening cleaning crews will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility.
  • Cleaning crews will be required to disinfect and wipe down all surfaces in the classrooms at the end of the day.
  • All HVAC air filters have been upgraded to a MERV 13 filter throughout the HVAC system. This is the best filter that our system can handle.
  • A combined 54 Active Pure and Beyond Guardian Air filtration systems have been installed at both campuses. Units have been placed in classrooms and in common areas. CCS is working on acquiring more units to fully cover the entire school with this state-of-the-art technology. Click here for more information on the units that have been installed in our classrooms. Active Pure Website
  • Water fountains are operational.
  • Students may bring their own water bottles. There are two water bottle refilling stations at each campus. Water bottles must be clear and labeled with the student’s name.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in each classroom, and stationary units are located placed near common areas at both campuses.
  • Regular and frequent handwashing is encouraged as a method to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 or other school-related viruses.

Masks

  • CCS will not require a vaccine for anyone to attend school or enter the building.
  • CCS will not require masks for anyone to attend school or enter the building. Masks are optional and may be worn if a student or family chooses to do so.
  • To wear or not wear a mask is a personal choice that CCS will honor as long as there is not a mandate. But please be aware that the choice to not wear a mask comes with a higher risk of quarantine if a positive case is identified at the school and exposure is determined.
  • If a mask mandate is issued, CCS will access the options and respond accordingly.
  • Our desire is to be an environment where all can truly be part of this community, embraced through the love of Christ, regardless of outer appearance. This emphasis we have already established as a school culture, will align with this new aspect of school life quite fluidly for those who choose to daily wear masks.


Health Screening

  • Parents and employees will neither send a student nor enter the campus themselves if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed here:
    o Fever of 100.4 or higher Chills
    o Cough Shortness of breath
    o Difficulty breathing Fatigue
    o Muscle or body aches Headache
    o New loss of taste or smell Sore throat
    o Congestion or runny nose. Nausea or vomiting
    o Diarrhea
  • In the event that your child is sick or displaying symptoms and needs to be absent from school, please call the designated campus office to request assignments and any books that may need from his/her classroom or locker. Once their items are available for pick-up, we will call you with instructions on how to pick these items up.
  • If a student/staff presents any possible COVID-19 symptoms, the nurse will complete the assessment to determine if the individual must be sent home. The nurse and health aide will use guidelines provided by the Butler County Health Department to make the assessment.
  • It is understood that false positive antigen tests may occur. In the event of a positive antigen test is disputed, an individual may get a PCR test within 48 hours of the collection of the antigen test. If that test is negative, then it will be determined that the original antigen test resulted in a false positive test.
  • If a student/staff has a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours.
  • In order for a student/staff who tested positive for COVID-19 to be allowed to return to campus they must:
    o Be at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms.
    o Be at least 24 hours since the individual had a fever (without using fever-reducing medicine).
    o Be at least 72 hours since the individual’s respiratory symptoms have improved including cough and/or shortness of breath.
  • Individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 who never develop COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic) may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive COVID-19 test.
  • Quarantine
    o The school will use information from the CDC, The Ohio Department of Health, and The Butler County Health Department to make all decision regarding the quarantine of individuals at CCS.
    o Exposure at School-related Events:
    • Option #1 Participate in the current 10-day quarantine at home. If the individual receives a negative test on or after day five, he or she may return to school on day eight if they do not have any symptoms.
    • Option #2 Remain in school, but the individual must properly wear a mask for ten days, without exception. During lunch, individuals who opt for this form of quarantine will have to eat separately for the duration of the “mask quarantine” at school.
    • Option #3 Remain in school and follow Option #2, but if the individual receives a negative Covid test on or after day five of wearing the mask, the he or she can discontinue wearing a mask after day eight.
    • Athletes exposed to Covid may continue to participate in extra-curricular activities if the following guidelines are followed: Wear a mask when able. (This includes: transportation; locker rooms; on the sidelines; and at all other times the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity, or create a safety hazard.)
    o Exposed at Home or Outside of a School-related Event:
    • Unvaccinated individuals must quarantine at home for 10-days. If a negative test is received on or after day five, the individual may return to school on day eight.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals who remain asymptomatic may return to school wearing a mask for 10 days, but if the individual receives a negative Covid test on or after day five of wearing the mask, the he or she can discontinue wearing a mask after day eight.
    • If the individual uses an at-home antigen test it must be proctored (overseen via telehealth) according to the instructions included with the test.
    • Individuals who have a documented Covid-19 infection within 90 days of exposure, who remain asymptomatic, are excluded form quarantine and wearing a mask.
    (During the “mask quarantine,” if a student demonstrates any Covid-related symptoms, whether at home or school, the student must stay home for the duration of the quarantine. Failure to properly wear the required mask may result in the student finishing the mandatory quarantine at home.)
    o The Ohio Department of Health and Butler County Health Department recommend that all individuals in schools be masked, appropriately distanced, and vaccinated if eligible. CCS will assess each exposure on a case-by-case basis to determine if the exposed individuals will be quarantined.
  • “Exposure” is defined as close contact to someone who was within 3 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (total/cumulative time) starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic clients, 2 days prior to positive Covid-19 test) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • Absences due to Health Screening restrictions will be counted as excused absences due to testing positive for Covid or having to quarantine because of exposure.
  • Students who are sick and do not come to school must contact the school by 9 a.m. and report the reason for the absence.
    Identification of a positive case:
  • If a case of Covid-19 appears on either campus, the administration will meet to determine the appropriate course of action. This decision will involve the superintendent, principal, and nurse. Butler County Health Department will be notified of all positive cases involving students and staff members.
  • If the number of positive cases and quarantines warrant a temporary school closure, parents will be notified by email, One Call, and the school website.
  • Protocols and practices ensuring a high level of engagement in learning will be in place to support distance learning, if and when needed.

 


Temporary School Closure Due to Covid

Software:

  • In order to ensure a smooth transition from on-campus to remote instruction, all teachers will be proficient in the use of the following online tools:
    o LMS – PowerSchool: This Learning Management System (LMS) will be utilized for posting all assignments, communications regarding assignments, and grades.
    o Google Meet/ Zoom: This will enable teachers to virtually connect with their class for individual or group discussions and interaction.
    o Various digital platforms will be used that permit teachers to record and deliver content and instruction to students. These platforms also will enable students to submit homework and assignments directly to the teacher.
    Computers:
  • In Elementary school, we are increasing the number of computer carts available for use by teachers, along with a protocol for continual surface cleaning.
  • In the case of transitioning to remote learning, a device will be provided for all elementary students to take home.
  • For the Junior and Senior High School students, each student will use the school issued iPad and keyboard as their device to be used at school and home. (New keyboards have been ordered and are on the way for all JH/SH students.)
  • Shared equipment in computer labs will be maintained with a protocol of surface cleaning between every use.


Lost & Found

  • It will be very important that all personal items brought to school are clearly labeled with the student’s first and last name.
  • All lost items will be secured in the Nurse’s office where the items will be sanitized and held for only one week. After one week, items will be donated to a local charity.


Personal Items

  • No personal items may be shared (e.g., backpacks, clothing).
  • Learning materials should not be shared (e.g., textbooks, tablets).
  • All personal items (including textbooks) must be labeled with the student’s name (e.g., water bottles, notebooks, backpacks).


Physical Distancing and Minimizing Exposure

Classroom:

  • Upon entering the classroom students are encouraged sanitize their hands.
  • Students will be instructed not to share items with their classmates.

P.E. & Recess:

  • Recreational and sports equipment will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.

Facilities:

  • Reminders will be displayed throughout the school (classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, welcome center, administrative offices) for students and staff:
    ○ Proper and frequent handwashing
    ○ How to stop the spread of germs


Transportation

  • The Shuttle service to each campus will continue.
  • School vehicles will be disinfected on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and used by each student prior to boarding.
  • The Athletic Department will be responsible to ensure all vehicles are properly disinfected after each use by a team.