Dear NELSD Families and Staff,
On Monday, September 13, Northeastern Local School District (NELSD) moved to a universal face mask requirement for anyone entering a NELSD building, and I wanted to update you on where things stand at this time. Since implementing universal masking, we have seen a steady decrease in the number of positive cases and quarantines within our buildings. Therefore, if the numbers hold or continue to move downward this week, NELSD will move back to optional masking on Monday, October 11, 2021.
While masking may become optional, the safety of all of our students, families and staff is still at the forefront of our decision-making. For this reason, we will continue to strongly encourage masking for anyone in our schools so that we do not have to move back to a mask mandate or completely virtual learning environment. However, should we see an increase of positive COVID-19 in our buildings, even if those cases originate in our community and not in our schools, a universal mask mandate is likely to go back in effect.
Please note that the federal mask mandate for students and drivers on school transportation is still in effect and was extended through the middle of January 2022. Consequently, we will continue to ask that all bus riders wear masks while on NELSD transportation to comply with the mandate.
We will still monitor the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and continue to work with the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) to determine COVID-related safety protocols throughout the school year.
Families should also be aware that the District will still need to contact trace any situation of a positive or probable positive COVID-19 case. We will be providing the list of close contacts to the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD). Families should receive a text message from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), or 844-432-8771, to enroll them in text symptom monitoring.
As I have communicated previously, anyone who is masked consistently and adhering to three-foot social distancing will not be required to quarantine if considered a close contact.
The following links are to documents that provide facts and an outline for procedures we will be following: Guidelines for K-12 Student Quarantine and After Exposure in K-12 Classroom Settings. The chart for quarantines is a great tool to use to understand when we will need to quarantine students/staff. Additionally, if you would like to provide the office with a copy of your child’s vaccination card, we would be happy to keep that on file in case the need would arise to confirm your child is vaccinated and would not need to quarantine.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these ever-changing times. We will continue to make decisions based on the interest of our students to ensure we are providing them with the best opportunities for success.
John P. Kronour, Ph.D.
Superintendent Northeastern Local Schools