COVID-19 School Support

UPDATE 08.05.2021
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

School Leaders and Staff

The Woodford County Health Department’s Disease Investigators are working with the local schools and district leaders in providing COVID-19 support and resources.

Ask your questions such as information on reopening guidance and how to report a positive case in your school.

CDC Guidance

CDC has provided new P-12 school guidelines to help teachers, students, and parents prepare for the coming school year.

CDC School Guidance

Contact your school’s disease investigator below:

 

Woodford County High School
robin.miller@ky.gov

Woodford County Middle School
robin.miller@ky.gov

Northside Elementary School
Tara Keegan
tara.keegan@ky.gov

Southside Elementary School
Mary Ann Kinman
maryannk@ky.gov

Huntertown Elemetary School
Kelsey Padgett
kelsey.padgett@ky.gov

Simmons Elementary School
Kelsey Padgett
kelsey.padgett@ky.gov

Safe Harbor Academy
robin.miller@ky.gov

Parents and Guardians of School-Aged Children

We are working daily with Woodford County schools to keep your kids healthy as they return to school this year. If you have a question or concern about your specific school, reach out to your school or district leaders for more information.
This page is to support school leaders and staff. You can find parent resources on our page for

Reopening Guidance
Sports Guidance

Coming Soon.

Encouraging Vaccinations

Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19. In addition to protecting communities at large, high rates of vaccination among eligible students, teachers, staff, and household members are the most effective strategy to help students resume full operation.

Schools can play an important role in encouraging and educating their communities about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. Here are some resources to help schools communicate about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines:

Masking

As of August 5, 2021, the CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

Assure a proper fit over the mouth and nose.

This information will be updated a necessary.

Symptom Screening

Daily symptom screening prior to arrival is important for catching potential cases early and keeping them out of the school environment. Symptom screening is also an important tool for extracurricular activities.

Individuals are assumed to be contagious two days before they start having symptoms and 10 days after symptoms start. COVID-like symptoms may include any or many of the following: loss of taste or smell, fever (100.4’F or higher), chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

One of the best things we can do to keep schools safe and operating is to stay home when we are not feeling well and follow requirements for isolation of cases of COVID-19.

Distancing

The recommended physical distance between students within classrooms is three feet, combined with indoor masking for students and staff. When this is not possible, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies such as indoor masking, and improved ventilation.

Hand Hygiene

Handwashing is one of the best infection prevention strategies to control transmission of COVID-19 and many other infectious diseases in school settings. Hand sanitizer stations are a good tool to encourage hand hygiene in schools.

Signage about how and when to wash hands provide good reminders for students and staff to practice hand hygiene.

Respiratory Etiquette

Respiratory etiquette keeps respiratory droplets and viral particles in schools low and is considered another great way to keep schools operating safely. Remind staff and students to cover their coughs and sneezes.

Signage about covering your coughs and sneezes provides good reminders for students and staff to practice good respiratory etiquette.

Routine Cleaning

Routine, at least daily, cleaning of commonly touched surfaces is recommended. If there is a case or outbreak in your school, the CDC recommends routine or at least daily cleaning and disinfecting.

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