NCS COVID Guidelines - 2021-22

Updated Oct. 26, 2021:

Newark City Schools will continue to follow guidance from the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) and make adjustments as needed. 

Please Click the following link to find the current guidance from the health department: LCHD School Guidance 10-26-21.pdf. This includes guidelines related to isolation and quarantine.

We are taking some steps to try to help slow the spread of COVID-19, as well as to lower the number of people who are quarantined following a positive case:

  • The best way to avoid being quarantined is to be vaccinated and/or wear a mask and maintain social distancing. We encourage anyone who is unable to guarantee social distancing to wear a mask while inside our buildings, however masks remain optional for students.

  • District staff members are expected to wear masks or face coverings when they are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from students or fellow staff members

  • If a student or staff member feels unwell, please do not go to school. Communicate with a family doctor to determine your next steps

Quarantine information:
  • If individuals are fully vaccinated and/or are consistently wearing a mask in a classroom setting, they will not be required to quarantine.
  • If unmasked, unvaccinated individuals are within 6 feet of an individual with COVID-19, they will be quarantined by LCHD. During lunch, this distance is 3 feet, per LCHD updated guidelines.
  • If an individual is identified as a close contact and is quarantined by LCHD, they have the following options:
    • Complete quarantine period at home and don't attend school or participate in extracurricular activities
    • Return to school on day 8 of quarantine period if they test negative for COVID-19 through a viral test at least 5 days after their school exposure
    • Return to school immediately if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, and they wear a mask in school for the duration of their quarantine period. In this case, the student cannot participate in extracurricular activities during their quarantine period, and they should remain at home when they are not in school.
    • Individuals can return to extracurricular activities immediately following their exposure as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask whenever possible during the activity, and are tested after their initial exposure and again during days 5-7 after exposure.
Classroom adjustments:
  • Students will be seated near the same students throughout the day (mostly, for elementary specials, etc.)

  • No more carpet time in elementary classrooms unless distancing can be ensured

As a district, we are:

  • Continuing to promote good hygiene practices:

    • Using hand sanitizer on a regular basis during the day for staff and students

    • Washing hands regularly

  • Doing regular and deep cleaning, including but not limited to:

    • Wiping down door handles, common areas, desks and drinking fountains regularly

    • Spraying/disinfecting classrooms and playgrounds daily

  • Limiting cross grouping of students to assist in contact tracing

  • Delivering medications to classrooms to limit time out of the classroom and the number of people in the clinic

Other information:

  • LCHD will determine who needs to quarantine or isolate. This will be based on each person’s vaccination status and whether they are wearing a mask, per the LCHD guidelines.

  • Some classrooms or schools may need to shift to virtual learning at times during the year, depending on the number of active cases or quarantined staff and students

  • If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact to a person with a positive  COVID-19 diagnosis, we will send an email, along with a recommendation that the person stay home for 10 days from the date of exposure, unless you can provide a proof of vaccination or recent diagnosis of your own positive COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Classroom letters will be emailed, and building letters will be posted on the district COVID dashboard on the website

We want to keep students and staff in school, and safe, as much as possible. Although vaccination is the best way to keep from being quarantined, it does not fully prevent you from getting sick. Social distancing and masking remain important ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep people healthy and in-school. Taking these measures will help cut down on the spread of the virus and the number of people who are quarantined after exposure to a positive case of COVID.

COVID Dashboard - 2021-22 School Year

The district will post an updated COVID-19 dashboard weekly that will show the number of cumulative and active cases in the district. The data below represents the number of confirmed, positive COVID-19 cases in district schools and buildings during the 2021-22 school year, as officially confirmed and reported to the district by the Licking County Health Department:

COVID-19 Dashboard

Past COVID-19 Dashboards

School Letters

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