COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated: 2/28/2022 1:06 PM

FEBRUARY 2022 

The district has been monitoring the continuing decline in the state positivity rate, Oldham County incidence rate, and school case numbers over the last 4 weeks. The sharp decline in cases resulted in a change in the district's policy regarding face coverings last week. Recent discussions with the Oldham County Health Department regarding the prevalence of breakthrough cases, coupled with the relatively mild severity of the Omicron variant, have prompted the district to review and revise its quarantine and isolation protocols.  

Beginning on Monday February 28, students who are in "close contact" with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine. The elimination of the quarantine requirement applies to all students regardless of vaccination status. This is consistent with the Health Department's findings that with Omicron, vaccination status was not statistically significant in terms of contracting the virus. However, vaccination status is still significant in terms of avoiding severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Students who have been in close contact with a positive individual should monitor for symptoms and isolate for five days if they have symptoms or test positive.

The decision to modify our quarantine protocols is heavily influenced by the unique characteristics of the Omicron variant. The district maintains the authority to reinstate contact tracing and quarantine protocols if necessary to respond to a future variant.

Plan Starting February 14, 2022

Masks:

Oldham County Schools will change to a mask recommendation for staff, students, and visitors in all buildings beginning on Monday, February 14, 2022. However, please note the following:

  • The federal mandate requiring that masks be worn on buses remains in place.

  • A mask requirement for individual schools for up to two weeks as previously approved by the OC Board of Education may be implemented if needed. 

  • The OC Board of Education reserves the right to implement or adjust our COVID-19 plan as necessary based upon state and local conditions.

 

Isolation, Contact Tracing, and Quarantining:

With the return to mask recommendation, OCS will reinstate contact tracing procedures to determine close contacts of positive cases at school. A close contact is defined as an individual within 6 ft of a positive case for thirty minutes or more. 

  • Individuals who are identified as a close contact will be on quarantine status for five consecutive days after last exposure.

  • Individuals on quarantine status and asymptomatic may utilize Test to Stay during the quarantine period.

  • Vaccinated individuals who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.

  • Individuals who test positive will be required to isolate for 5 days. They may return to school on day 6 if symptoms are resolving and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. Individuals returning after a positive should wear a mask on days 6-10.

Oldham County Schools has been reviewing the following data points daily and weekly since reinstating a face mask requirement on January 11: 

  • Number of positive COVID-19 cases on a 5-day average within Oldham County Schools 
  • Hospitalization and ICU capacity both locally and within our region
  • Oldham County COVID-19 incident rate
  • State COVID-19 positivity rate
  • Oldham County vaccination rate

During the last two weeks, we have been following the sharp decline in the Oldham County incident rate and the state positivity rate, along with a downward trend in the 5-day average case numbers within Oldham County Schools. The percent of positive cases reported in each building has declined, and remains low. Currently, 0.26% of the district’s student population are reporting positive cases. 

In addition to carefully monitoring the data, we have remained in close contact with the Oldham County Health Department. OCHD Director Matt Rhodes has shared that over the past six months, positive cases within our correctional facilities have remained low enough to have little to no impact on the county’s incident rate. However, during the last week, 50% of the positive cases reported for Oldham County have stemmed from our correctional facilities, which has had a disproportionate impact on the overall county incident rate.

We also recognize that conditions continue to change as the pandemic progresses. Members of our school community, including students, have now had time to become fully vaccinated, new medical therapies have been developed and become publicly available, and experience has demonstrated that the Omicron variant, although highly transmissible, is less severe for most individuals.

For these reasons, Oldham County Schools will be changing to a mask recommendation for staff, students, and visitors in all buildings beginning on Monday, February 14, 2022. However, please note the following:

  • The federal mandate requiring that masks be worn on buses remains in place
  • A mask requirement for individual schools for up to two weeks as previously approved by the OC Board of Education may be implemented if needed 
  • The OC Board of Education reserves the right to implement or adjust our COVID-19 plan as necessary based upon state and local conditions

Our revised COVID-19 plan will be posted on our website before students return to school on Monday, February 14.


Sincerely,

Jason Radford 
Superintendent

JANUARY 2022 

We wanted to give you an update on our mask requirement. This requirement will remain in place for the time being.

At the January 24, 2022 OCBE meeting, the Board gave the superintendent the ability to make decisions about universal masking and other mitigation protocols, should the numbers within Oldham County continue to trend down. If no action is taken by the superintendent before the next OCBE meeting, the Board would review the universal masking policy and possibly take action at their next meeting, which is February 28.

If the decision is made to allow the return to mask optional, that decision will be communicated in a timely manner. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

At the January 10, 2022 OCBE meeting, the Board voted to require all students, staff, and visitors to wear masks in all buildings, for the next two weeks during the instructional day and at enrichment centers. (Masks remain mandatory on buses under the Federal mask requirement until at least March 18, 2022).

After reviewing our most recent data, we have seen an increase in positive cases in students and staff. The mask requirement will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, January 11. The Board will review our numbers again and revisit the mask requirement at the January 24 OCBE meeting.

Additionally, the Board voted to accept the new KDPH guidelines sent out January 10 pertaining to quarantine and isolation protocols. Under these new guidelines, quarantines and isolation may be shortened in some cases.

KPH Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantines with Universal Masking:

  • Isolate individuals who test positive for at least five days
  • No contact tracing needed for in-school exposures
  • No quarantines needed for in-school exposures
  • Quarantine individuals not up to date with COVID-19 vaccination who are exposed to COVID-19 at home for at least 5 days, unless participating in a Test to Stay modified quarantine

Parents, it is very important that you keep your child at home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

We continue to provide for the educational needs of our students while being mindful of both their physical and mental well-being in the process. We recognize the importance of in-person learning every day for our students and we will do everything to make this possible. We believe these measures will help us achieve this goal.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Radford

Superintendent

Monday, January 3, 2022, is a Teacher Work Day. Test to Stay at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center will be open from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. for OCS staff and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for any OCS student or family member wishing to be tested.

Test to Stay will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 4 from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and will be open each day OCS is in session.

As a reminder, each person being tested must have the consent form the first day of testing, and the daily requisition form each subsequent day of testing.


DECEMBER 2021

Due to the holiday break, Test to Stay at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center will be closed through January 2, 2022. On Monday, January 3, 2022, Test to Stay will be open from 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. for staff only since this is a Teacher Work Day.

Test to Stay at OCSAC will resume normal operations on Tuesday, January 4 from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

The Oldham County Health Department will hold drive-through testing at the La Grange Baptist Church Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and will resume their normal Wednesday/Thursday schedule the week of January 3.

NOVEMBER 2021

At the November 22, 2021 OCBE meeting, the Board approved a mitigation strategy that could be implemented in individual schools going forward in order to prevent a COVID outbreak. 

This strategy allows our COVID committee to continue to analyze the data within individual schools on a daily basis and may implement masking school-wide for up to 2 weeks. These decisions on individual schools would be based on the number of positive cases in a school, family connection of positive cases, school exposure of positive cases, large events, and suspected school transmission.

November 9, 2021 Update: 

In light of recent data, the Oldham County Board of Education made the following adjustments to our COVID-19 plan.

  • Wearing face masks in school buildings will be optional, but recommended, for high school teachers, high school visitors, and students in grades 9-12 beginning on November 11; preschool, elementary, and middle school students, visitors, and staff must continue to wear masks in school buildings unless they can maintain 6’ of social distance from any other student or staff member and everyone is seated, or are at lunch.
  • Beginning on November 29, wearing face masks in all school buildings will be optional, but recommended, for ALL staff, students, and visitors.
  • Face masks must continue to be worn on school buses by ALL students, bus drivers, and monitors until further action by the U.S. Transportation Department or President. Drivers and monitors are not required to wear face masks when no students are on the bus.
  • Parents must notify the school if their child tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days as long as the student does not exhibit any symptoms.

    • For purposes of quarantines, “close contact” will be determined as follows:

      • If both individuals are wearing face masks, close contact means they were within 3’ for greater than 30 minutes during the day.

      • If one of neither of the individuals are wearing face masks, close contact means there were within 6' for greater than 30 minutes during the school day.

  • Vaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure will not be required to quarantine if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Unvaccinated individuals who have a close contact exposure will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure, provided that they are symptom-free. Quarantine may be reduced to 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test taken on day 5 or later. Alternatively, students may opt into the Test to Stay program.  

  • The district will continue the “Test to Stay” program for students and staff who are determined to be a close contact of an individual who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

  • Students and staff who opt to participate in the “Test to Stay” program will have the opportunity to avoid quarantine by receiving a negative rapid antigen test each morning before school.

  • Students or staff who opt to participate in the “Test to Stay” program must wear a face mask in school buildings during the testing period. A student or staff member who is observed not wearing a face mask at school during the testing period will be required to complete the remainder of the isolation period out of school.

  • These tests are completely voluntary and will require parental consent for students under the age of 18 years.

Volunteers must still be approved by the school principal or other school administrator prior to visit.

Mask Survey Results:

Staff Survey Question: 

Under the current conditions, considering Covid-19 rates in the community, Covid-19 school case numbers, and vaccination rates, do you feel that the universal masking policy should continue?
 

Staff Survey Results: 

  • 1039 Total Responses
  •   397 (39.8%)  Yes, I agree with continuing to mandate mask wearing by students and staff at this time
  •   528 (52.9%)   No, I disagree with continuing to mandate mask wearing and am in favor of a mask recommended or optional policy.
  •     73 (7.3%)  No opinion
Mask Survey Pie Graph of Staff Results

Staff Survey Results by Level

LEVEL YES, keep mask mandatory NO, make masks optional No Opinion
Preschool 14 17 2
Elementary 164 231 22
Middle 77 96 17
High 116 121 23
District/
Serving more than 1 level
43 86 10

Mask Survey Bar Graph - Staff Survey Results by Level

Parent Survey Question: 

Under the current conditions, considering Covid-19 rates in the community, Covid-19 school case numbers, and vaccination rates, do you feel that the universal masking policy should continue?

Parent Survey Results: 

  • 5156 Total Responses
  • 2025 (39.3%)  Yes, I agree with continuing to mandate mask wearing by students and staff at this time
  • 3030 (58.8%)   No, I disagree with continuing to mandate mask wearing and am in favor of a mask recommended or optional policy.
  •   101 (2.0%)  No opinion

OCBE Mask Survey - Parent Results

Parent Survey Results by Level

LEVEL YES, keep mask mandatory NO, make masks optional No Opinion
Preschool 118 200 6
Elementary 1307 1765 58
Middle 692 1248 35
High 670 1341 34

Mask Survey Graph - Parent Survey Responses by Level

Student Survey Question: 

On most days, wearing a mask while in school has been:

  • okay/fine 
  • tolerable
  • challenging 
  • uncomfortable 
  • very difficult or uncomfortable    

Student Survey Results: 

  • 3826 Total Responses
  • 1165 (30.4%) okay/fine 
  •   711 (18.6%) tolerable
  •   202 (5.3%) challenging 
  •   822 (21.5%) uncomfortable 
  •   926 (24.2%) very difficult or uncomfortable 

Mask Survey Pie Graph of Student Results

 

Due to reduced participation in the Test to Stay program, starting Tuesday, November 2, the hours will now be to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day school is in session. The location remains at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.


ANY asymptomatic OCS student/staff/household member:

Any OCS student, anyone in their household, any OCS employee, and anyone living in an OCS employee household can be tested at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center during the hours 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. each day school is in session.

These forms are available on the District website’s FORMS page under heading, “COVID Testing” and at the following links:

Consent Form
Consent Form - Spanish

Daily Requisition Form 
Daily Requisition Form - Spanish

Each person being tested must have the consent form the first day they are tested, and the daily requisition form each day they are tested.

Other community testing sites:

Anyone in the community has the option to have a PCR (not rapid) test at the other Pearl Diagnostic Laboratory testing sites in Oldham County.

OCTOBER 2021

October 25, 2021 Update:

At the October 25, 2021 OCBE meeting, the Oldham County Board of Education approved keeping the current mask policy in place and will review again in two weeks, at their November 8 work session. Below is the information shared with the Board during that meeting. This information is current as of October 25, 2021.

TOTALS

  • 282 Preschool/Elementary Student Cases
  • 153 Middle School Student Cases
  • 276 High School Student Cases
  • 49 Staff Cases

*Current Community Incident Rate = 17.3

* Community incident rate has decreased by 74.33% since the high of 67.4 on 9/6/2021

*Current active students = 13 (0.11% of student population)

Daily Average of Student/Staff Positive Cases

8/16 - 8/20 15.67 cases per day
8/23 - 8/27 21 cases per day
8/30 - 9/3 18.4 cases per day
9/7 - 9/10 20.2 cases per day
9/13 - 9/16 15.11 cases per day
9/20 - 9/24 15.33 cases per day
9/27 - 10/1 9.22 cases per day
10/4 - 10/7 7.39 cases per day
10/11- 10/14 6.25 cases per day
10/18 - 10/22 Fall Break

Line Graph displaying OCS Active Quarantines by Date

Date Total Quarantines School Related Qs
8/11 41 0
8/12 58 4
8/13 67 18
8/16 146 34
8/17 153 47
8/19 286 88
8/25 478 198
8/30 410 217
8/31 330 124
9/1 322 136
9/2 354 159
9/3 340 137
9/7 206 82
9/8 207 61
9/9 210 78
9/10 201 65
9/13 180 75
9/14 212 77
9/15 252 113
9/16 263 130
9/20 183 103
9/21 202 109
9/22 177 74
9/23 146 50
9/24 162 50
9/27 131 43
9/28 160 78
9/29 163 99
9/30 181 117
10/1 172 107
10/4 166 109
10/5 158 105
10/6 152 100
10/7 145 91
10/8 149 101
10/11 135 94
10/12 137 97
10/13 117 72
10/14 100 57
10/18-10/22 Fall Break  
  • Began Wednesday September 8
  • 2,853 student/staff tests have been completed
  • 62 positive results from 2,853 tests (2.17%)
  • 2,791 instructional days recovered
  • 19,537 recovered instructional hours

Total county population = 66,799

Total population vaccinated = 40,582

% of county population vaccinated = 60.75%

% of “first dose” administered by age group:

  • % of population age 12-15 = 53%
  • % of population age 16-17 =  64%
  • % of population age 18-24 = 70%
  • % of population age 25-39 = 61%
  • % of population age 40-49 = 67%
  • % of population age 50-64 = 77%
  • % of population age 65-74 = 93%
  • % of population age 75+ = 90%
  • Community Health Team Consists of:
    • Baptist Health La Grange
    • U of L/Norton Healthcare
    • Oldham County Health Department
    • District leadership
  • Data is reviewed on a daily basis
  • We continue discussions with other districts within our region
  • Superintendent recently conducted on-site visits with other districts in Kentucky who have reduced mitigation strategies
  • Data Points We Review:
    • County Incident Rate
    • Student and Staff Positive Cases
    • Quarantine Numbers & Test To Stay
    • Other County/State Level Data as reported by Kentucky Department of Public Health
  • Recommendation from Community Health Team: 
    • Due to travel and impact this may have on COVID-19, the recommendation is to keep the school district’s current plan in place and monitor the data closely.
  • Superintendent’s Recommendation: 
    • Continue with our current plan in Oldham County Schools for the next two weeks. During that time, the board of education can review the same data points as presented tonight regarding COVID-19, and consider any recommendations provided.

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

Oldham County Board of Education
September 27, 2021 Meeting
COVID-19 Protocols

The following safety protocols will be place for the Board of Education’s meeting:

• All persons entering the Arvin Education Center must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.

• All guests must be seated during the meeting unless they have been called to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

• Masks must be worn at all times inside the Arvin Education Center except when speaking at the microphone during public expression.

• Guests must maintain 6’ of social distance between each other unless they are members of the same household.

Members of the public who are unable to wear a face covering or comply with these COVID-19 protocols are invited to view the meeting via livestream. The livestream will be available to view on the Oldham County Schools YouTube page .

The Oldham County Board of Education approved a policy requiring masks in school buildings on August 9, 2021. This policy still stands, even with the approval of Senate Bill 1. Masks will continue to be required by all students, staff and visitors inside Oldham County Schools. 

Here is the policy passed by the OCBE on August 9, 2021:

All employees, contractors, visitors, guests, and students in grades P through 12 must wear a face covering while in school buildings and on school buses whenever social distancing of 6’ cannot be maintained.  

All employees, contractors, visitors, guests, and students in grades P through 12 must wear a face covering in school buildings when traveling throughout the common areas of the building, regardless of social distancing.  

Masks may be removed or lowered during classroom time if all students and staff are seated 6’ apart and no person is walking around in the classroom. 

Masks may be removed or lowered during lunch period. 

Students, staff, visitors, and guests having a documented pre-existing medical condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering may request an exemption from the policy. 

Acceptable face coverings must have multiple layers, cover the nose and below the chin, and fit snugly. Face coverings may include cloth masks, surgical masks, respirator masks, bandanas, gaiters, and any similar item meeting the requirements above. Face coverings must meet the same dress code standards as other items of apparel bearing messages (e.g. no lewd or obscene messages, no advertisements for drugs, alcohol or weapons, no messages that are threatening or likely to cause a disruption to the educational process, etc. Please refer to your school dress code.)  

This policy will remain in effect until the further action of the Board, which will review the conditions of the COVID pandemic at least once every three (3) weeks. If, in consultation with its advisors, the Board determines that conditions so warrant, the Board will terminate this policy. 

The Board’s obligation to review COVID pandemic conditions for purposes of this temporary policy will be suspended during any period in which the school district is subject to a state or federal mask mandate.

OCS Test to Stay (PEARL Diagnostic Laboratory)As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the community, we want to do everything we can to avoid unnecessary learning disruptions for our students. We are partnering with Pearl Diagnostic Laboratory to provide a Test to Stay option. Under this program, students and staff who are quarantined because of exposure to COVID-19 will have the option to take a rapid antigen test each morning to potentially eliminate the need to quarantine. If a student tests negative, the student will be able to attend school that day. If a student tests positive, the student will have to begin isolation procedures as outlined by the Kentucky Department of Public Health guidance. These tests will be free of charge. 

The first testing site will open on Wednesday, September 8, 6:00 - 9:30 a.m, at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. Testing site(s) will be open every day that school is in session. On teacher work days, test to stay will be open 6:00-8:00 a.m. for any student of staff in quarantine who wishes to test. Test to stay will not be open during fall break, October 18-22. Anyone needing to test during that week in order to participate in school athletics or extracurriculars will need to be tested elsewhere.

We hope to add additional testing sites over time. These testing sites will not be open to the public. They are only for OCS students and staff who are quarantined. The 10-minute rapid antigen test is a non-invasive lower nasal swab. Once the swab is complete, you will wait on-site for the results. 

How will this work? Once you are notified of a quarantine, you will need to print and fill out two forms from our website to take with you on your first day of testing. If you are a staff member, you will also need to bring your staff ID to the testing site. You need to bring the filled out Consent Form and Daily Requisition Form on the first day of your testing. Each subsequent day you test, you only need to bring the filled out Daily Requisition Form.

These forms are available on the District website’s FORMS page under heading, “COVID Testing” and at the following links:

When you arrive at the testing center, please park in the designated area and then follow the signs to enter the testing site. An examiner will take your temperature, perform a symptoms check, and then register you. Once you are registered and turn in your paperwork, you will get your lower nasal swab and then wait 10 to 15 minutes for your results. If your test comes back negative, you will be given a form marking you negative for that day which needs to be shown to your school upon return. You will follow this process every school day of your quarantine period (5 to 7 days).

These tests are voluntary. You still have the option to quarantine, test on day five of quarantine and return to school after day seven if the test comes back negative. Or you may choose not to test at all and complete the entire quarantine period.

Test to Stay has backing from the Oldham County Health Department. Our data shows that only 2% of students who are quarantined from exposure at school end up COVID-19 positive. With this in mind, our goal is to reduce quarantine time for staff and students so they will have access to as much in-person instruction as possible. Again, Test to Stay is not mandatory, but it is an approved way to continue participating in in-person classes instead of quarantine. Thank you for your support in helping keep Oldham County Schools students healthy and in class during this challenging time. 

AUGUST 2021

During Governor Beshear’s press conference today, Tuesday, August 10, it was announced that masks will be required via an Executive Order for students and school staff, regardless of vaccination status, in all Kentucky schools for the start of school. 

The order is for a period of 30 days and is subject to renewal. It states:

1. All individuals – all teachers, staff, students, and visitors – must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all public and private preschool, Head Start, elementary, middle, and high schools (preschool through grade 12) in Kentucky, including but not limited to inside of vehicles used for transportation such as school buses, regardless of vaccination status. 

2. All staff and visitors, and all children age 2 and older who are able to wear a face covering, must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all childcare settings in Kentucky, regardless of vaccination status. 

We have consistently said in our reopening plan that we would follow any mandates issued or adapt our plan to respond to community spread, and now we have both of these factors in place. Please know it remains our intention to return to a mask recommendation as soon as it is safe to do so and we are no longer under an Executive Order or regulation. 

With the new Executive Order in place, all students and staff are required to wear a mask. Please join us to do all we can as a community to support every student as best we can. We want every child to feel welcome, and to have a great start to the school year. 
 

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Radford

Due to rising COVID-19 cases within Oldham County and upon recommendation from the Oldham County Board of Health, our Board voted to begin the year with a mask requirement for all students and staff while inside school buildings and on school buses. 

This is not the way we wanted to begin the school year, but we have always said we would revise our plan if necessary, and our Board of Health, through the Oldham County Health Department, advises us to adjust our plan.

We continue to collaborate with our local health officials, and together we are hopeful this mask requirement is temporary and that we can go back to our original plan of mask recommendation as soon as data shows the county moving in the right direction. This mask requirement will be reviewed every three weeks.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county.


Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Radford

Consolidated Stops

Once again this year, we will utilize early/late runs for some routes due to the ongoing nationwide driver shortage. This year, you may notice changes to pick-up and drop-off locations in many neighborhoods. These consolidated bus stops will allow for shorter transit times and allow drivers to complete additional routes as necessary. This will also shorten the time students on late routes wait at school to be transported home in the afternoon.

Eliminated Routes

In addition to consolidating neighborhood stops, we have eliminated three routes where students can safely walk to school. The only areas affected by the elimination of routes are the Northridge neighborhood (elementary and middle school only) and the Hillcrest neighborhood (elementary only), with the exception of the back circle of Ridgemoor Dr. which includes Ridgebrook Ct. and Falls Creek Ct. No other neighborhoods/areas are affected. If you have questions about whether you are included in the elimination of routes, please contact our transportation office at 502-222-9337.

We know this is not ideal, but necessary in order to transport the number of students with the drivers we have.

As we continue to address the shortage of drivers, please consider driving for OCS or asking anyone you know to apply! Drivers are guaranteed at least five hours of daily pay and receive FULL benefits, including health and dental insurance, life insurance, paid sick/personal/emergency leave, and a comprehensive retirement benefit program through the Kentucky Retirement System. 

Mask Requirements

Per the CDC’s public health order, all individuals MUST wear a mask while on a school bus. This includes OC Preschool students. We must comply with this federal requirement. A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus. 

Bus Notes

Due to Covid related regulations regarding bus transportation, bus notes will not be allowed again this year. This means students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned. In addition, students may only get off the bus at their assigned afternoon stop.


Additional Transportation Information and FAQs

JULY 2021

Our current plan is based on the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning.

Please know that at any time, additional preventative measures may be implemented if school or community spread necessitates or if mandates are issued.

Masks:

  • Following the updated KDPH guidance, masks are recommended for all persons while indoors. However, personal choice should be respected and no student or staff member should be harassed, belittled or teased for wearing or not wearing a mask while on school grounds.

  • The exception to this applies to staff and all students, including preschool students, on school buses. Per the CDC’s public health order, all individuals MUST wear a mask while on a school bus. We must comply with this federal requirement until the regulation changes.

  • A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus. 

Contact tracing and quarantining:

  • We ask that you please notify the school as soon as possible if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The District will examine student absence policies to ensure that students are not penalized for COVID-19 related absences, including student illness and quarantine orders.

Social distancing:

  • Efforts will be focused to ensure as much social distancing as possible when appropriate and feasible, including at lunch, seat time, and other stationary times throughout the day.  

Ventilation:

  • OCS is fortunate to have heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that have been designed by some of the leading professional engineering firms in the country and are built to exceed ASHRAE standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality. 

  • OCS implemented additional measures prior to returning to in-person instruction during the 20-21 school year to maximize indoor air quality even further through mechanical dilution and filtration processes. These practices will continue to be utilized for the foreseeable future. 

Virtual Learning/NTI:

  • Based on our student population there is not a significant need for virtual-only instruction. The OCS Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) was a necessity during the height of the pandemic, but it was not designed to be an on-going educational entity. Students who are medically fragile can contact student services at our district office with questions.

  • It is important to note that NTI for COVID-19 has not been approved by the State of Kentucky for this school year at this time.

Visitors and Volunteers:

  • As we start the school year, we will not be allowing visitors for lunch. This will be reevaluated after the first semester. 

  • Volunteers must be approved by the school principal or other school administrator prior to visit and must wear a mask beyond the front office. 

 

We encourage all eligible students and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine and ask that you please keep your student at home if they are showing any symptoms of illness during the school year.

We will continue close communications with the Oldham County Health Department and revise our plan as necessary. If there’s one thing we learned from the last school year, it’s that flexibility and adaptability is key, and we appreciate the cooperation we continue to receive from our families to ensure our students have a successful school year.