• Health Policies FAQs

    Will students be required to wear masks at school?

    Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as students engaged in transition programming, will be required to wear masks.  Preschool students will not be required to wear masks.  

    What is the facial covering waiver policy?

    Students with a medical reason for not wearing a mask are required to fill out our Facial Covering Waiver with a health provider’s signature. Per ODH, considerations will be made for the following medical conditions:

    • Severe asthma or COPD, including those on oxygen
    • Hearing aids
    • Autism
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Panic attacks brought on by claustrophobia

    The district will make accommodations for students who have approved medical waivers which include six feet or more distancing from others in class and physical barriers at desks.

    What should individuals be looking for when purchasing or making a cloth face covering?

    It is important to note that face masks do not replace or relieve the need to wash hands and social distance as much as possible.  

    Face mask tips:

    • should fit snugly and comfortably
    • must be secured with ties or ear loops
    • should comprise multiple fabric layers
    • breathing should occur without restriction while wearing mask
    • should be able to wash the face mask without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape

     What if a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19?

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days per CDC guidelines.Individuals who are symptomatic with suspected COVID-19 must stay home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least three days (72 hours) with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved, per Hamilton County Public Health. If a case is confirmed in one of our buildings, the Sycamore Data Monitoring and Risk Assessment Team will assess the risk. Classrooms and/or buildings may be closed for 2-5 days to clean, disinfect, and contact trace in consultation with Hamilton County Public Health.   

     What if a student or staff exhibits symptoms at school?

    Students who exhibit symptoms must be immediately separated from others, while staff exhibiting symptoms must be immediately relieved of duties and sent home. Each school will have a designated isolation area for students who exhibit symptoms to wait for parent/guardian transportation that is separate from the rest of hte clinic. Nursing staff will be given PPE and must maintain social distance while interacting with the student. If symptoms intensify before parent/guardian transport, the district may arrange for emergency medical transport. Classmates will be temporarily removed to another location for deep cleaning of the classroom and additional ventilation. Students who exhibit symptoms will be allowed to return to school if:

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • No fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Other symptoms have improved

    Should my student stay home if they are not feeling well? 

    Our Stay Home Policy states if students exhibit any of the following symptoms, they should stay home from school:

    • Temperature of 100°F in the last 72 hours
    • Cough (unrelated to a chronic condition such as asthma or allergies)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills 
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny rose
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting (unidentified cause, unrelated to anxiety or eating)
    • Diarrhea

    Students who exhibit symptoms will be allowed to return to school if:

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • No fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Other symptoms have improved

    Will there be temperature checks for students before they get on the bus and for students and staff each day? 

    It is expected that parents/guardians or older students conduct the health assessment checklist daily before coming to school. All students will walk through an electronic temperature reading device to ensure everyone's temperature is below 100 degrees fahrenheit. Staff will follow the same process conducting a self assessment at home and then taking their temperature again when they arrive at school.  

     What will the protocols be if someone in the school community (student, teacher, staff member, sibling that does not attend the school, parent) tests positive for COVID-19?

    Per Hamilton County Public Health, asymptomatic contacts testing negative should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure

    • Close contacts should self-isolate and be managed as a probable COVID-19 case
    • Close contacts should self-quarantine and be monitored for 14 days after their last exposure, with clinical care for those who develop symptoms
    • All close contacts need to be symptom-free and no fever for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication

    *Close contact is defined as anyone that was within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 case for 15 minutes in 48 hours prior to being positive or symptomatic, with or without a mask.

    *All guidelines are subject to change based on CDC, ODH, and HCPH requirements and guidelines. 

     

    Under what circumstances would a student or staff member be required to quarantine at home due to exposure to COVID-19?

    If a student or staff member has close contact with an individual who is positive with COVID-19 (i.e. close contact for 15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to being positive or symptomatic) will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.  Details associated with this protocol can be found within the Healthy Back to School 2020 Reopening Plan.  

    How will education be handled for students who show positive symptoms under our Stay Home Policy?

    Any student who is absent for personal illness shall be responsible for contacting their teacher and completing the makeup work on a schedule approved by their teacher.

    Our Stay Home Policy states if students exhibit any of the following symptoms, they should stay home from school:

    • Temperature of 100°F in the last 72 hours
    • Cough (unrelated to a chronic condition such as asthma or allergies)
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills 
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny rose
    • Sore throat
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting (unidentified cause, unrelated to anxiety or eating)
    • Diarrhea

    Students who exhibit symptoms will be allowed to return to school if:

    • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
    • No fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Other symptoms have improved

    How will education be handled for individual students who need to quarantine for 14 days due to COVID-19 positive cases or exposure?

    Any student who is absent for personal illness shall be responsible for contacting their teacher and completing the makeup work on a schedule approved by their teacher. 

    How will education be handled if a classroom or building is closed due to COVID-19 positive cases or exposure?

    In the event of a classroom or building closure, students will move into remote learning with their face-to-face teacher delivering online content. Students will engage with their current classmates remotely until it is determined that school is safe to reopen.

    Will visitors be allowed in our buildings? 

    In an effort to reduce potential exposure, we will be limiting access to our buildings. This means volunteers, parents, and outside visitors will not be allowed inside the building. 

    Will outside groups be able to access Sycamore facilities?

    We are temporarily suspending the use of our buildings/indoor facilities to any community groups or outside groups for at least the first semester. If your group utilized the outdoor facilities and your organization decides to continue with your activity, you may still be permitted to do so. Please make contact with your district contact in order to discuss your specific outdoor activity. You will not be able to gain access to our indoor facilities for any reason, including restrooms. 

     

    If conditions worsen, why would face-to-face students move to remote learning instead of joining virtual classroom learning?

    In order to maintain learning continuity, students will move to a remote learning environment taught by their face-to-face teachers, thus separate from the Virtual Classroom model which will be taught by other Sycamore teachers. This will also make the shift easier should face-to-face learning be able to be reinstated.