We want to thank you for your overwhelming support in starting the school year. As we have stated throughout our reopening process, we continue to strive toward our mission while remaining vigilant in our approaches to student safety. However, we realize that zero risk in a broken and fallen world is both unrealistic and impossible. This week we have encountered our first positive case since reopening. The part-time staff member is feeling good and following the appropriate protocols. All of the policies we have put in place help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, but we do understand that positive cases will arise throughout the school year. As such, we want to remind you of the particular and specific protocols we have in place concerning a positive test.
Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by Summit County Public Health, and as part of their public health investigation the following steps are taken:
- The person diagnosed is kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.
- The person’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 are assessed.
- The people who were close contacts of (or “exposed”) the person with COVID-19 will be instructed by Summit County Public Health to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure.
- “exposed” or “exposure” being defined as maintaining less than 6-foot distance for more than 15 minutes or as communicated by the Summit County Public Health Department
CVCA has communicated with the Summit County Public Health Department that a student or staff person has tested positive for COVID-19 and will fully cooperate with their guidance as they begin contact tracing. The Summit County Public Health Department will contact potentially exposed students’ families per their policies. Please note that this does not mean a student is automatically quarantined/isolated if he/she was in the same class or on the same team as someone who tested positive (see “exposure” definition above).
While we will not be informing all parents of each individual case that arises throughout the year, those students who have been identified as “exposed” will be contacted by Summit County Public Health Department as we will continue to work closely with them.
As always, if your child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
- Keep your child home from school and avoid other activities around other people.
- Contact your healthcare provider.
Please remember to refer to the CVCA Together COVID Protocols for Success when dealing with illness in your home. Additionally, we have developed a thorough multiple indicator decision matrix in order to determine if the need should arise for us to pivot to CVCA Online for either a short or extended period of time.
Thank you again for your support and your prayers as we continue to enjoy being back together. Please remember and be encouraged that the protocols we have put in place are to help us stay healthy and stay in our classrooms!