COVID Protocols

  • Updated 8/18/2022

    Most recent changes are highlighted in yellow.

     

    Berea City School District COVID-19 protocols for the start of the 2022-2023 school year

    • Masking is optional. Students and staff are asked to remain respectful of all individual choices for personal health protocols.

    • Social distancing is not required. Classroom group, partner work, and eating in the cafeteria occur as normal.

    • Visitors and volunteers are allowed in school buildings during the school day, in accordance with our district and building visitor guidelines.

    • Adequate supplies to support healthy hand hygiene behaviors, including access to soap and water and/or hand sanitizer, will be maintained.

    • If students or staff feel sick or suspect they might have COVID-19, they should stay home and take a rapid test. If positive, students and staff should stay home from school for at least 5 days and longer if necessary until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.

    • ODH is no longer recommending the Mask to Stay, Test to Play quarantine alternative for schools.

    TESTING POSITIVE

    Regardless of vaccination status or symptoms, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days. However, if symptoms are improving (and no fever), isolation may end on the sixth day if the person consistently wears a mask for the next five days. Refer to the Ohio Department of Health flowchart for full guidance.

    EXPOSURES

    Regardless of vaccination status, an individual that has been exposed to a COVID positive case (school or home setting) can continue to come to school/work as long as they do not develop symptoms. They must wear a mask for 10 days after the last exposure. It is suggested that they test on day 5 if possible.

    COVID TESTING KITS AVAILABLE

    The Berea City School District offers the BinaxNOW rapid antigen COVID-19 testing kit for pick up at the Board Office (390 Fair Street, Berea). There is no cost for the tests. The District encourages you to take advantage of requesting a BinaxNOW rapid test if your child demonstrates symptoms associated with the coronavirus. Test kits are also available at Cuyahoga County Public Library Branches. Call your local branch for current availability.