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2022-2023 Shaker Heights Schools Health & Safety Guidelines

Updated: August 15, 2022
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
The District respects the different choices everyone will make regarding whether to wear a mask. All students and adults should take responsibility for creating a safe and respectful environment for our entire community. Masks are optional for all PreK-12 students, staff, visitors and volunteers while in school buildings and on all school buses, including for field trips and extracurricular activities.
Please see this link to review recommendations on when to remove your mask following a COVID-19 diagnosis.
When to Stay Home
Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to stay at home and isolate per CDC guidance. Additionally, students and staff members should stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of any communicable disease, including 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
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.
Reporting Communicable Diseases
Families are asked to report when their student is diagnosed with any communicable disease Communicable diseases are chickenpox; common cold; COVID-19; croup; diarrheal diseases; fifth disease; hand, foot and mouth disease; hepatitis A; herpes simplex virus; impetigo; influenza; lice; measles; bacterial meningitis; viral/aseptic meningitis; molluscum contagiosum; mononucleosis; MRSA; mumps; pink-eye; pinworms; RSV; ringworm; scabies; scarlet fever / strep throat; thrush; tuberculosis; whooping cough.
Isolation Guidance: COVID-19 Diagnosis
Vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate for five 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. For further guidance from the CDC on isolation practices, please click here.