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 August 25, 2021):
VACCINES | Health experts tell us that getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19, and that the Delta variant makes this more urgent than ever. People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine -OR-
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine
You can get vaccinated for free at pharmacies, your doctor’s office, and Lorain County Public Health. Be on the lookout for upcoming vaccination clinics in our schools.
MASKS | Beginning Thursday, August 26th masks are required to be worn by all adults and children on school premises this fall. Get full details here.
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 conduct contact tracing internally, reporting weekly data to our online COVID Dashboard (coming soon) and to Lorain County Public Health. A close contact in a school setting is now defined as being within 3 ft of an individual who tested positive for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period while unmasked.
Again, we expect some of this guidance to change in the weeks ahead. Additional details will be shared as they become available. QUARANTINE | 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.
- Individuals who are confirmed positive through a PCR test must isolate for 10 days before returning to school.
- Close contacts who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine, unless they have symptoms.
- Close contacts who are unvaccinated may return to school after day 7 after receiving a negative PCR test result - to do this you need to be tested on day 5 or 6 of quarantine