Required temporary masking for staff and students extended

Important Message

October 15, 2021

Dear United Local School District Families,

United Local Schools has been closely monitoring COVID-19 in our school community in collaboration with the Columbiana County Health Department.  In the first part of September, we saw a high number of COVID-19 cases within our District.  As of September 16, 2021, United Local Schools had been notified of 20 positive cases among our staff and students. As a result of positive cases in the school community, 140 students had been placed on quarantine due to close contact.

According to local data obtained through the Columbiana County Health Department, local spread rates continue to be high. Because of the improved number of students who do not need to be excluded and the continued high rate of positivity in the area, we will continue our mask requirement for another two weeks and continue to re-evaluate during the month of October.

We continue to stress that families monitor their children for COVID symptoms and that students and staff stay home if exhibiting any symptoms. We will also be installing classroom air purification systems, continuing extra cleaning of high-touch areas, and implementing other safety precautions including frequent hand washing and social distancing when possible.

References:

School Exclusion Letter (Columbiana Health Department)

Covid Quarantine Flow Chart

Covid Quarantine Narrative

We understand that these decisions may not be popular among all our families, but please understand that we are doing our best to keep students and staff in an in-person environment. We will reevaluate every two weeks and keep families and students updated.

 

Sincerely,

Lance Hostetler





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