We are happy to have students back in our classrooms this year. We know questions continue as this year moves forward with the ever-changing guidance from multiple agencies.
Here’s what is currently in place at Lakewood.
First and foremost, we have returned to in-person learning 5 days a week. Our goal is to keep our students in front of our teachers because we know that best supports student development.
To support that, the following protocols are in place:
- Continue to monitor students for symptoms. If your child is sick, please keep them home.
- Masks are optional, but recommended, for students and staff. The one exception is that the CDC is requiring all individuals on school buses to wear masks.
- Social distancing will be done to the greatest extent possible.
- Seating charts will be used in all areas because contact tracing is still required.
- Enhanced cleaning will take place in all buildings.
- Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing will be encouraged.
- Sneeze and cough etiquette will be taught and emphasized.
- Students and staff should bring water bottles to school and use the bottle fillers in each building.
The Lakewood Local Schools will follow the Guidelines for Quarantining and Isolation as outlined in the LCHD information below.
- Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to isolate for 10 days from the dates their symptoms started, or if they do not have symptoms, for 10 days from the dates of their positive test per the LCHD.
Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the definition of a close contact should quarantine for a period of 10 days from the date of their last exposure to an individual with COVID-19. For individuals that are close contacts in a classroom setting, they must adhere to one of the three following options:
- Individuals can complete their quarantine period at home and not attend school or participate in extracurricular activities.
- Individuals can return to school and extracurricular activities on day 8 of their quarantine period if they test negative for COVID-19 through a viral (PCR or antigen) test at least 5 days after their school exposure.
- Individuals can 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 at school.
Please understand that should an increase in COVID-19 cases occur, additional mitigation strategies may be implemented per recommendations by the Licking County Health Department to help keep students and staff safe. Case data will be monitored at the district, school, and grade level by the Licking County Health Department to pinpoint any transmission increases that may occur.
To view the number of first-hand positive cases of COVID-19 in our school district each week, click here