School Board Approved COVID-19 Guidelines

School Board Approved COVID-19 Guidelines

Walnut Township Local Schools
COVID-19 Protocol
Monday, August 9, 2021
Revised: September 13, 2021
Revised: November 15, 2021
Revised: January 10, 2022


Due to the ongoing pandemic, the protocols listed below will be implemented for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year:


  • Currently, the Ohio Department of Health, Fairfield Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have not issued any MANDATES regarding COVID-19 vaccination, masks or social distancing within district facilities.


  • Masks on Transportation: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ISSUED A MANDATE that masks are required while using public transportation, which includes school buses. The district will implement the required masking mandate from the CDC on all district transportation apparatus until this mandate is altered, changed, rescinded or modified by the CDC or Secretary of Health and Human Services. This applies to extra-curricular trips as well.


  • Masks in Buildings: Walnut Township Local Schools highly recommends and encourages but does not mandate all staff, students, parents, community members and visitors to district facilities wear a mask for their own protection and the protection of others.


  • Vaccination: Walnut Township Local Schools highly recommends and encourages all faculty, staff and students who are eligible for vaccination be vaccinated.


  • Social Distance: Walnut Township Local Schools highly recommends those individuals that are unvaccinated work to maintain, to the greatest extent possible, at least three feet of social distancing.


  • Quarantines and Isolation:
    • Isolation (Student/Staff Testing Positive for COVID-19)
      • Stay home for the next five (5) days regardless of symptoms or vaccination status from the date of symptom onset (or if unknown, then the date of a positive test).
      • Stay away from other people as much as possible (including those in your household). If you can’t stay away from other people, wear a three-layer (or better) mask.
      • On day six (6) after symptom onset, answer the question: Do you have a fever or other symptoms that have not improved?
        • If YES, stay home until your fever is gone and other symptoms are better and wear a mask for five (5) additional days.
        • If NO, resume normal activities with a mask. Must wear a mask for five (5) additional days.


    • Quarantine (Student/Staff Exposed to a COVID-19 Positive Person Outside of School)
        • Continue normal activities (quarantine at school/work).
        • Wear a mask around others for ten (10) days from the date of last exposure.
        • Testing on day five (5) is recommended.
        • Stay home for five (5) days from the date of your last exposure.
        • Return to normal activities on day six (6) from date of last exposure if no symptoms.
        • Wear a mask for five (5) days upon returning to normal activities.
        • Self-monitor or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
        • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of severity).
        • Testing on day five (5) after exposure is recommended.


    • Quarantine Options (Student/Staff Exposed to a COVID-19 Positive Person @ School)
      • Mask to Stay: Students/staff exposed AT SCHOOL to a person testing positive for COVID-19, may remain in the classroom if they do the following:
        • Wear a mask for ten (10) days from their last date of exposure.
        • Self-monitor or parent-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.
        • If symptoms develop, isolate and get tested (regardless of severity of symptoms)
        • Testing on day five (5) after exposure is recommended.


      • Test to Play: Asymptomatic contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:
        • Wear a mask when able to do so during the extracurricular activity and all other times for ten (10) days from the date of last exposure.
        • Test on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
        • Testing on day five (5) is recommended.


  • Emergency Changes: The Walnut Township Local Schools Board of Education grants authority to the Superintendent to modify any masking and social distancing protocols in order to maintain district operations and the education of students providing the Superintendent seeks Board authorization to any changes at the next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting.


  • Lockers: Beginning Monday, November 29, 2021, Millersport Junior/Senior High School will reinstate the use of lockers for all students.


  • Food Service: Elementary students will be provided breakfast in their classrooms. Kindergarten students will have lunch in the classroom to maximize distance in the cafeteria. Secondary students will have additional tables in the main hallway to facilitate distancing during meals.


  • Cleaning/Hand Sanitizer: The district will continue to use cleaning protocols from the 2020-2021 school year to deep clean district facilities and transportation apparatus. Hand sanitizer stations will remain in place and handwashing protocols will be implemented with students.


  • Blended Learning: Walnut Township Local Schools has applied for and received approval to implement a Blended Learning Declaration for the 2021-2022 school year. Blended learning is the delivery of instruction in a combination of time primarily in a supervised physical location away from home and online delivery whereby the student has some element of control over time, place, path or pace of learning. Schools and districts that rely on a blended learning declaration to shift to remote learning due to COVID-19-related issues should ensure that they meet the legal definition of blended learning which requires that students are primarily participating in in-person learning over the course of the school year.


    Walnut Township Local Schools MAY transition to REMOTE LEARNING for a class(es), grade level(s), building(s) or district-wide for a short period of time to slow the spread of COVID-19 and address high absenteeism in staff and students.


    The administration of Walnut Township Local Schools will create a Blended Learning Plan in accordance with Ohio Revised Code which will continue to engage students in their education during remote learning times through the use of Google Classroom, student take-home packets while providing students with live access to teachers during remote learning days for support. Attendance during Remote Learning will be based on completion of assigned work for each day.


    Blended Learning Plans for each building are being created for consistency for students and families in regards to attendance, process of assigning work and access to teachers during school hours. Completed building plans will be submitted to the Board upon completion and communicated to students, parents and the community.


  • Fairfield Department of Health School Guidance: The Fairfield Department of Health has provided Fairfield County Schools with specific guidance for the collaborative effort of reports students and staff testing positive for COVID-19, contact tracing protocols, communication strategies with students and families and a joint effort for the Health Department to provide quarantine release communication through the school. The attached documentation is the current process and documents being utilized
    • Attachment 1: Ohio Department of Health Protocols (Released 12/30/2021)
      • What to do if you HAVE COVID-19
      • What to do if you were EXPOSED to someone who as COVID-19 (Vaccines are up-to-date)
      • What to do if you were EXPOSED to someone who has COVID-19 (vaccines are NOT up-to-date or unvaccinated)
    • Attachment 2: Ohio Department of Health Protocols (Released 12/30/2021)
      • Mask to Stay/Test to Play Option


The conditions related to the ongoing pandemic are always changing and may merit adjustments to this protocol throughout the school year. If a change is merited to maintain open operations for the district, the Superintendent will communicate these changes as quickly as possible to the faculty, staff, students and community for implementation.



Board Approved: August 9, 2021
Board Approved Revision Date #1: September 13, 2021
Board Approved Revision Date #2: November 15, 2021
Board Approved Revision Date #3: January 10, 2022

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