Lorain City Schools works closely with Lorain County Public Health, MercyHealth - Lorain and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to design our COVID-safe practices and learning environments. We are proud to have been recognized for these efforts and our low transmission rates as a result, which averaged less than 1% in the 2019/2020 school year.
While we had hoped COVID would be a thing of the past as we entered the new school year, we continue to lean on the guidance of our health partners to learn and react appropriately to current realities.
Understanding that pandemic guidance can change at any time, here’s what we know so far (updated February 28, 2022):
VACCINES | Health experts tell us that getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.
Lorain City Schools will continue to work with Lorain County Public Health to bring mass vaccination clinics to our community through our schools. You can also get vaccinated for free at pharmacies, your doctor’s office, and Lorain County Public Health.
MASKS | Masks are OPTIONAL in our schools as of March 1. The CDC lifted the masking mandate on school buses effective February 25, 2022.
DISTANCING | 3 ft of social distancing will be maintained as much as is practicable among unvaccinated, unmasked individuals. The Health Commissioner recommends getting vaccinated and wearing masks.
HAND HYGIENE | Hand sanitizing stations will continue to be available throughout school facilities. Hand washing will continue to be reinforced.
CLEANING/SANITIZING | COVID-Safe cleaning practices will continue to be enforced throughout our facilities.
WATER FOUNTAINS | Fresh water will be available in all facilities through water fountains and water bottle filling stations. Students and staff are encouraged to bring water bottles for personal use.
DASHBOARD | Lorain City Schools will continue to share the latest guidelines, updates and district/school case data online at lorainschools.org/COVID.
CONTACT TRACING | Lorain City Schools will continue to collect positive COVID-19 cases as we have throughout the pandemic, with the following changes:
- We now will report positive COVID-19 cases to the Lorain County Department of Health weekly, instead of daily.
- Our principals will no longer universally contact trace positive cases. If the Lorain County Department of Health requests assistance with an outbreak, we will help them contact trace.
- We will continue to notify our community of positive COVID-19 cases through our dashboard for students and staff, but we will no longer be sending notification letters to families and staff.
We continue to expect guidance to change moving forward. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.
TESTING | We are scheduled to receive 1,750 rapid tests, which will be distributed throughout the district. Students and staff who believe they are exhibiting COVID-related symptoms will be provided a rapid test, with instructions for use and reporting. Only students and staff will be allowed to use these tests; we must report test usage weekly to Lorain County Public Health.
QUARANTINE & ISOLATION | Students and staff who exhibit COVID symptoms should stay home and get a COVID test. Same day appointments are available through our MercyHealth Clinic at Washington Elementary. Call for an appointment at (440) 370-5446.
- If you test positive for COVID
Isolate for five days regardless of symptoms or vaccination status
If after five days you do not have a fever, and other symptoms are getting better, you can end isolation and resume activities. Wear a mask for the next five days.
If you still have a fever or other symptoms after five days, stay in isolation until your fever is gone and other symptoms are better. When your isolation ends, wear a mask for the next five days.
If you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and your vaccinations are up to date (if you received a booster, if you had your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna less than six months ago, or if you had your first dose of Johnson & Johnson less than two months ago):
Wear a mask around others for 10 days after your last exposure
Test on day five (do not test if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90 days prior to your exposure)
Isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive.
If you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and your vaccinations are not up to date (see criteria above)
Stay home for five days after your last exposure, then wear a mask around others for the next five days
Test on day five
Isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive.
For your convenience, you can also find a visual guide to these protocols from the Ohio Department of Health. Download guide in English | Instrucciones en Espanol
As always, if you have questions or concerns about how these guidelines apply to you, contact our building level contact tracer Pat Akosi at (440) 830-4002.