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COVID SAFETY

COVID-19 SAFETY

We all have to do our part to help make our community safer. The Lorain City Schools is focused on making learning environments experience for everyone. You can help us do this by following all health and safety recommendations to protect yourself and others. 

The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

SYMPTOM MONITORING

Monitor yourself for the symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills/shaking, lost sense of smell/taste, and fever greater than 100.0°F. If you are sick, stay home.  


If you have tested positive for the virus and have been in our schools or facilities, notify the building right away. COVID-19 BASICS >>


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PERSONAL HYGIENE

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Signage with hand washing reminders and instructions have been posted throughout our schools and facilities. 


- Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol is also effective, but less effective than hand washing.

- Avoid touching your face and always perform hand hygiene before eating or touching your nose, mouth or eyes.

- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. Dispose of used tissue properly.

- Do not share food, drinks or other products that can easily transmit the virus.

- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.


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PHYSICAL DISTANCING

- Maintain the recommended physical distance from others, even when face coverings and masks are in use.


- Avoid crowding in close quarters -- instead of elevators, take the stairs.


- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.


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FACE COVERINGS

The Lorain City Schools requires face coverings to be worn at all times when on premises, unless you are in a private office by yourself or are eating. Other locations may be added as conditions warrant.


- Students and staff will be provided with a face covering to use while on campus. - Personal masks from home are also welcome.


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DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

COVID-19 (PCR) diagnostic testing for the virus allows for early identification, intervention and effective contact tracing of COVID-19 cases. Testing results may also help the Lorain City Schools to better understand and mitigate the spread of the virus. 


Learn about our testing initiative in partnership with Lorain County Public Health, Mercy Health of Lorain and a local medical research university.


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GROUP GATHERINGS

- Do not gather as a group without careful consideration and appropriate precautions.

- Convene meetings in ways that allow for social distancing and the inclusion of anyone joining remotely.

- In-person meetings should occur in open areas or rooms with occupancy levels that significantly exceed the number of participants and are not greater than 50 percent of current occupancy limits.


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MENTAL HEALTH

Stay in virtual touch with family and friends through phone calls, video chat and social media. Be on guard for sadness, anxiety or depression in yourself or others while physical distancing.


- Students should speak with their building counselor or social worker about any concerns. Faculty and staff should also call if they have concerns about a student.

- Employees have access to counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the Employee Assistance Program.  

- Call 911 if you or someone you know is considering harming themselves or someone else.

- Crisis Test Line: Text HELLO to 741741 (Free, 24/7 and confidential)

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