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COVID-19 Information

This page will keep Guardian Angels School families up-to-date on health information, school policies, and more regarding COVID 19 for the 2020-2021 school year. 
Updated guidance for when a student or family member is tested for Covid-19 (11/23/2020): Please notify school as soon as you know a Covid test will be performed. While waiting for the results of a Covid test on anyone in your family, please keep any affected students and all siblings home from school and extra-curricular activities until test results are received.
 

Follow guidance from your healthcare provider in returning to school after negative test results are received for symptomatic students. Asymptomatic siblings may return to school upon receipt of negative test unless instructed otherwise by healthcare provider.

Daily wellness assessment: (This assessment should be completed by parents at home, before bringing students to school. If your student is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your health care provider for guidance.)

  • Fever of at least 100 degrees F 
  • Chills
  • New onset or worsening congestion or runny nose not associated with allergy symptoms
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore Throat
  • Confirmed or suspected positive case of COVID-19 in student or family member
COVID/Health Update (1/6/21)
 
With the consent of the Cincinnati Health Department, Guardian Angels School has chosen to now offer the option of the CDC's shortened 10-day Quarantine for exposures when appropriate.  
 
The details of this Quarantine option are as follows:
  • Stay at home for at least 10 days after last exposure, (date of exposure is day zero).
  • Maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and wear a mask when around other people.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms through day 14. (Check temperature twice a day, watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, congestion, or other symptoms of COVID-19.)
  • Consider obtaining a viral test near the end of this period (day eight or later) to increase certainty that there is no infection, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after day 10.
  • Persons who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate, notify school and follow recommendations for discontinuing isolation.
 
The CDC still states the 14-day Quarantine is preferrable and we will support families who choose to continue with this option. There will be situations when exposure within the household will still lead to longer periods of quarantine (when family members are unable to isolate and there is a need to wait out the positive person's 10-day isolation period before the family can start their quarantine). We will continue to take the safety of our Angels and staff very seriously and will work through appropriate guidance for individual situations. 
 
There will not be any change in the way Guardian Angels handles quarantines for school exposure. Governor DeWine announced last week that Ohio is changing its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. It states "Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols." According to the Cincinnati Health Department, (our governing body), we are still required to quarantine for exposure of students within six feet of one another for more than 15 minutes. We have worked to only quarantine those students since school started and will follow the same strategy going forward. If the Cincinnati Health Department changes their guidelines concerning the need to quarantine students, we will further reevaluate our policies and procedures.
Quarantine vs. Isolation?
 
CDC Guidance is found on the CDC website.
 
When to Quarantine?
Confirmed COVID Cases for Staff:
August: 0
September: 0 
October: 1
November: 1
December: 2
January: 3
February: 1
March: 0
April: 0
May: 0
 
Confirmed COVID Cases for Students:
August: 0
September: 0
October: 3
November: 6
December: 9
January: 13
February: 3
March: 0
April: 2
May: 1
Important Documents for GA Families
Hamilton County Covid testing sites: Click here for a list of testing sites in Hamilton County, no doctor's order required, and pre-registration is available.