Dating back to July 9th, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance recommending the universal indoor masking of all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status (read the release here
In the time since, district officials, along with the other county schools have been in constant communication with the Pickaway County Public Health Department (PCPH) regarding the interpretation of these recommendations as they pertain to keeping our students safe in the upcoming school year. Additionally, Ohio Department of Health recommendations released last week and an analysis of local data have also guided district administrators in our decision making process for our return to school this fall. Upon a thorough review of updated guidance from these governing health agencies, Circleville City Schools has set forth the following health and safety guidelines for this fall in order for us to put our best foot forward in an attempt to protect our Tigers and their families.
What is the District doing?
It is important to note that these district guidelines are subject to change based upon further local and state health mandates and increases to COVID-19 positivity trends in our county data. (Read the Release Here
) Click the link below to view our COVID-19 Dashboard showing our positivity trend and number of cases by building. This information is updated each Wednesday at noon. (Access the Dashboard here)
With the help of the COVID-19 Community and Staff Advisory Council, the District has prepared a guide for best practices and procedures. Click the link below to view:
The following is a list of precautions the District has taken through January 10th, 2022 to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools. These physical acts accompany district messaging and marketing efforts to request students and staff mask up and receive their vaccine if eligible.
August 4th - Release of District Safety protocols
August 18th - CMS/CHS start the year eating in classrooms to reduce close interactions during meals with large groups
August 20th - Second County Superintendent’s Letter released informing families if data doesn’t change and masking/vaccines do not increase we may be forced to require masks in schools
August 23rd - Administrators starts masking and Athletics asked to mask after hours
August 30th - CMS ends club days where students collaborate in team groups
September 1st - Staff requested to masked when they cannot socially distance with students and other staff
September 2nd - CES starts eating in classrooms instead of cafeteria to reduce close interactions during meals with large groups; further reductions made in amount of small groupings of students in unified arts
September 2nd - CCS adopts September 1st ODH guidance to maximize at least 3 feet of social distancing in classrooms and educational spaces.
January 5th-CCS adopts the new ODH isolation and quarantine guidelines for K-12.
January 28th-In alignment with ODH and the PCPH, CCS adopts the updated COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing recommendations. (Read the release here)
Where can I get a COVID-19 test?
In the community there a few places beyond your child's medical provider to receive a proctored (supervised) COVID-19 test. First, the Pickaway County Library (1160 N Court St, Circleville, OH 43113) has walk in tests that are available. Beyond that, Nationwide Children's Hospital's Close to Home Urgent Care Centers also offer walk in tests for students. For a list of locations, click the link here.
Masks on Campus
As of August 4th, 2021, the use of masks at Circleville City Schools will be optional for all students and staff within our
buildings; however, masks will be required while riding in a school bus, car, or van. Per Federal Guidelines, school busses are
considered public transportation. Students and drivers will be required to wear masks riding to
and from school. While masks will be optional for our Tigers to start the year, CDC and ODH recommendations remind us of the importance of mask wearing as a viable method for preventing the spread of COVID-19 even for the vaccinated.
Keeping our Tigers safe is our number one priority. To encourage this effort and to reduce the stigma with mask wearing, Circleville City will once again provide daily one use masks for students who would like to wear one upon their entry to our buildings each day.
Click the links below for more guidance on exposure: