Health & Safety During COVID-19

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Health & Safety During COVID-19

Health & Safety at Lutheran East During COVID-19
Since the threat of COVID-19 first became a reality for our area and our nation, administrators at Lutheran High School East began proactively preparing and supplementing our health, safety, and cleaning protocols. 

As we navigate this unprecedented health crisis, Lutheran East is committed to making the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff a top priority. We aim to always provide a learning environment that promotes the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our school community. This commitment is especially elevated during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Whether consistently evaluating our cleaning protocols, adapting quickly and efficiently to remote learning in the spring of 2020, or working to determine the best scenario(s) for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, Lutheran East aims to do everything in the best interest of our students and families. 
Daily Health & Safety Protocols
 Daily Health Assessments 
Students and personnel will take their own temperatures before reporting to school and must stay home if above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or if experiencing other symptoms. Additionally, daily temperature checks will occur upon entry of the school building. Personnel and students who are ill must stay home from school and will be sent home if they become ill at school, particularly if they have COVID-19 symptoms. While waiting to go home, ill persons should continue to wear a face mask and be placed in a separate isolation room overseen by school personnel who are also wearing appropriate PPE. 
Physical / Social Distancing
Social distancing will be maximized throughout the school day. Visual cues (i.e. floor markings) will be used to remind students of social distancing protocols. The following specific protocols will be utilized:
- One-way hallways will be marked throughout the building
- Plexiglass shields will be used in the classroom.
Face Masks
All persons on school grounds and/or utilizing school transportation will wear an appropriate face covering that includes their mouth and nose. Students and employees will be allowed to go without face coverings (or alternatives) if medical approval is on file with the school. Students may remove their masks to eat, drink, play wind instruments, or engage in vigorous activities in a Physical Education class. 
Emphasis on Good Hygiene
Hand sanitizer (60-95% alcohol based) and sanitizing products will be available for personnel and students, especially in high traffic areas, including at each school entrance and in every classroom. Students will be required to use hand sanitizing stations when entering each classroom and upon entering the school. Water fountains will be turned off; however, water bottle fillers will be available. Students should bring their own personal water bottles and can refill them throughout the school day.   
Employee & Student Training
Education and training regarding COVID-19 school protocols and prevention strategies for all employees and students will be provided.
Visitor-badge-icon  Visitors
Most visitors will be prohibited during the school day and limited to emergency situations. Scheduled visitors (meetings, admissions visits) will be required to complete a temperature check before entering the building and will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of their visit. A drop box for documents will be placed in the main vestibule.
 Cleaning & Sanitation
All surfaces will be regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and overnight. Classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, cafeteria, common areas, locker rooms, and offices will be sanitized nightly using electrostatic disinfecting equipment.  When a student cohort exits a classroom, the room will be sprayed with disinfectant by the teacher. Students will then wipe their desk down and dispose of the paper towel before each class begins.  
 Showing Symptoms of COVID-19 at School
Should a student or employee exhibit symptoms while physically attending school in person, he or she will report to a quarantine room. The school health aide and any other personnel interacting with the individual will wear appropriate PPE. Those showing symptoms will be required to go home at the earliest convenience. 
Quarantine Policy & Disclosure
Diagnosed or Exposure to COVID-19: Families and staff must notify the school if they have been exposed to COVID-19, or if a co-habitant has been diagnosed with or medically presumed to have COVID-19. The school will notify the local health department of all cases.  
Families with exposure/diagnosis should complete the online Disclosure Form here.

Quarantine and Return to School: Personnel and students with known exposure to someone with diagnosed or presumed COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 10 days. Students and personnel with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 must meet ALL of these conditions prior to returning to school: 1) Fever is resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours; 2) Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) improve; 3) The person has a negative COVID-19 test result and submits a copy of it to the school.
Synchronous Learning & Remote Resources
As part of Lutheran East's response to COVID-19, students are able to attend classes in a synchronous learning setting, meaning that they can tune in via video conferencing to live in-person classes in real time.

Teachers will be utilizing technology to deliver remote instruction that is synchronous with in-person classroom instruction. Resources include:
OfficeSuite HD Meeting
Lutheran East students and faculty will use OfficeSuite HD Meeting for live remote instruction and remote meetings. 
Google Classroom
Students, both attending school in person and attending remote learning classes, will utilize Google Classroom for assignments, readings, and communication with teachers. 
Form Completion
Current students/families, please complete these forms:

Orientation & Back to School Schedule

SOLE Orientation (conducted online) - Tuesday 8/25:
All students, new and returning, that plan on learning remotely through SOLE need to attend this orientation. This orientation will take place entirely online. Your student will be emailed an invitation to attend this virtual session. 

Senior, Junior, & Sophomore Orientation (in person) - Wednesday 8/26:
For both new and returning students in these grade levels, this orientation will take place in person at Lutheran East during regular school hours of 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. 

Freshman Orientation (in person) - Thursday 8/27:
All freshmen must attend this in-person orientation at Lutheran East during school hours of 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM.

All students begin classes on Friday, August 28.

Laptop Pickup

New students may pick up their laptops in the school office anytime between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Monday, 8/17 through Friday, 8/21 or on Saturday, 8/22 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

The 2020-2021 School Year

COVID-19 ended face-to-face instruction at K-12 schools in Ohio on March 13, 2020 for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Starting in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year, face-to-face instruction will be restored, with the option of a synchronous online learning environment (SOLE) for students who are unable or not yet ready to return to in-person school. Students, faculty/staff, and families are encouraged to become familiar with our current health and safety protocols so that together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Return to School After Illness
Personnel and students with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 must meet ALL of these conditions prior to returning to school in person:  
Check-mark  No fever for a minimum of 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
Check-mark  Respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved
Check-mark  The individual obtains a negative COVID-19 test result
Disclosure & Quarantine Policy
Families and staff must notify the school if they have been exposed to COVID-19, or if a co-habitant has been diagnosed with or medically presumed to have COVID-19. If these situations apply currently to your family, please complete the Disclosure Form by clicking the button below. Those with known exposure must self-quarantine at home for 10 days. The school will notify the local health department of all cases.
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