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2021-22 Shaker Heights Schools Health & Safety Guidelines

Updated: April 29, 2022 (Edited: Face Masks, Quarantine Guidance)
The Shaker Heights City School District has developed the following health and safety guidelines based on guidance from local, state and national agencies. Please keep in mind that health and safety protocols may change based on new information. The District continuously reviews these guidelines in response to changing guidance and will notify families and staff members accordingly.

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Face Masks
Beginning Tuesday, March 1, the District’s mask protocols are as follows:

  • PreK-12: Masks will be optional for students, staff, visitors and volunteers while in school buildings and on all school buses, including for field trips and extracurricular activities.
  • Innovative Center Students and Staff: Masks will be optional for students, staff, visitors and volunteers while in the Innovative Center for Personalized Learning space at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building. Because the City of Shaker Heights mask mandate is in effect for city buildings, masks will be required in all other areas of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building.
Please note, per current CDC and ODH guidance, any student or staff member who returns to school following a COVID-19 diagnosis and five-day isolation period is required to wear a mask for five days in lieu of a 10-day quarantine. Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff who have been exposed as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19 are also required to wear a mask for 10 days under the State of Ohio’s Mask-to-Stay policy to be eligible to continue to attend school.

Cleaning & Ventilation
The District’s cleaning and disinfecting measures will continue to be aligned with public health guidelines. The District continues to maintain safe ventilation practices including air purifiers and fans. Air purifiers remain in place where needed, and HVAC systems, filters and windows have received regular summer maintenance.
Hand Washing & Sanitization
The District will continue to encourage students, staff and visitors to wash their hands and sanitize them frequently.
Health Assessments
The Shaker Heights City School District asks all staff and families of students to continue to assess for symptoms prior to each school day. Any individual exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID must remain home and contact their healthcare provider or MetroHealth’s COVID-19 Hotline. The CDC also has a Coronavirus symptom Self-Checker available.

When to Stay Home
Vaccinated & Unvaccinated Individuals: Regardless of vaccination status, students and staff members should stay home if they are experiencing any of the following:
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • fever or chills
  • new uncontrolled cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • nausea, vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
Unvaccinated Individuals: Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals should stay home if someone in their household is awaiting a COVID-19 test appointment or results. 
Any unvaccinated student or staff member that is in close contact with a person who has tested positive should adhere to the Quarantine & Isolation section of these guidelines. Please note that quarantine guidelines vary based upon where the individual has been exposed. Vaccinated individuals who have been exposed do NOT need to quarantine unless exhibiting symptoms mentioned above.
Becoming Symptomatic While in a School/District Building
Students: Students who become symptomatic while at school should report to the school nurse and a parent/guardian will need to pick up their student. 
Staff: If a staff member starts to feel ill at work, they should remain isolated and notify their building principal or direct supervisor.
Isolation & Quarantining
All quarantining and isolation practices for staff and students will follow Ohio Department of Health (ODH) / Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) recommendations. Please note that quarantine guidance will vary based upon the vaccination status of each individual as well as the location of exposure.

Isolation Guidance: COVID-19 Diagnosis
Vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days (click link for additional details). The CDC recommends that individuals in isolation with a COVID-19 diagnosis should stay in a separate “sick room” or area and use a separate bathroom if available. 

If the individual is asymptomatic or their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication), students and staff can follow the 5-day isolation period with 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting other people (Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the day of the positive viral test for asymptomatic persons). If the individual is unable to wear a mask when around others, the CDC advises continuing to isolate for a full 10 days.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 while asymptomatic but subsequently develop symptoms should contact their school nurse (families) or the Human Resources Department (for staff) for additional isolation guidance.

Quarantine Guidance
At this time, the District will continue to follow Ohio’s Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine guidance for K-12 school settings. In accordance with CCBH and ODH guidance, the District will notify staff members and student families who, regardless of vaccination status, may continue to come to school if they do the following:
  • Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure.
  • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19 regardless of level of severity.
  • Testing on day 5 after exposure is recommended. At home rapid tests may be available through the school’s health clinic.
COVID-19 Correspondence
The District will only send email correspondence to families in accordance with CCBH directive to implement mask-to-stay protocols in classrooms when appropriate.

Vaccination Policy
Adherence to the District's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is required by faculty, staff, contractors and volunteers.
Movement in the Buildings
Students will move in between classes (including specials) in accordance with their school day schedule.
Water Fountains & Bottle Fillers
Water fountains will remain off. Bottle fillers will be operational, and students are encouraged to bring water bottles from home to refill as needed.
Recess (PreK-6)
Students will participate in outdoor recess with their classmates.
Singing and playing of instruments are permitted.
Indoor Physical Education
Indoor physical education classes will take place.
Sharing of Classroom Items/Materials
Students will be permitted to share classroom items and materials. The District will continue to use cleaning and disinfecting measures aligned with public health guidelines. Staff members also will continue to encourage hand sanitization frequently.
This year, the District will allow visitors and volunteers back into school buildings. All visitors and volunteers are required to follow the District’s health and safety guidelines.
Extra-Curricular Activities
Extra-curricular clubs and activities, including athletics, will take place. Participants and attendees are required to follow the District’s health and safety guidelines. Additional information will be provided by the club advisor, coach or athletic director.

The number of attendees for indoor events may be limited based on the space being used. 
Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, and the District strongly urges all eligible members of our school community to get vaccinated. For assistance in finding a vaccine provider, please click here.
Students Medically Unable to Attend School
Students who are unable to attend school in person for medical reasons must submit a completed Home Instruction Request form to the Department of Exceptional Children. Please note that medical documentation must be kept up to date, particularly as vaccine eligibility and availability becomes more widespread. To reach the Department of Exceptional Children, call (216) 295-4314. For students who are unable to attend school in person, the District will work with families individually to provide appropriate educational services.
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