OCS Covid Plan

November 23, 2021 Update:

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 masks 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 masks 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


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, unless otherwise noted.

TOTALS (as of November 1)

  • 302 Preschool/Elementary Student Cases
  • 162 Middle School Student Cases
  • 248 High School Student Cases
  • 54 Staff Cases

*Current Community Incident Rate = 15.4 (as of November 1)

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

*Current active students = 12 (as of November 1)

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
10/25 - 10/29 5.6 cases per day

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  
10/25 13 0
10/26 18 0
10/27 31 4
10/28 36 4
10/29 38 6
  • 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 10, 2021 Update:  

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.

  1. 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.  
     
  2. 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.  
     
  3. 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. 
     
  4. Masks may be removed or lowered during lunch period. 
     
  5. 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. 
     
  6. 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.)  
     
  7. 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. 
     
  8. 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.

August 9, 2021 Update:

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.

Mask policy update - August 9, 2021

  • Masks are required for all persons while indoors and on school buses.

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

  • We ask that you please notify the school as soon as possible if your child tests positive for 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.

  • A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes while the person was considered contagious.  

    • Exception: In the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were at least >3 feet away from an infected student if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of masks and other K-12 prevention strategies were in place. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.

  • Unvaccinated students, teachers, or staff who are identified as close contacts should be instructed to self-quarantine regardless of whether the exposure occurred within or outside of the school setting. Quarantine may be discontinued when the local public health department determines the individual is safe to be around others or:

    • Fully-vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine following an exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 if he/she is not experiencing symptoms.

    • After day 10 without testing if the individual is symptom-free.

    • After day 7 if the individual is symptom-free and receives a negative COVID-19 test 5 days or later after the last date of exposure to the case.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. There are options for students who are medically fragile. Please contact student services at our district office for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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. 


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. 



 

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