For School Health
Reporting a COVID-19 Case
COVID-19 is still a reportable condition. Any individual having knowledge of a person suffering from COVID-19 is required to report it to their local health department in accordance with OAC 3701-3-03. Please click the image below. Additionally, please encourage your families to self report their at-home tests on the main page of this website.
Topics of Concern for Schools
Last year the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has announced a shift away from universal contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notifications to a cluster or outbreak-based model. This means that CCCHD no longer conducts case investigations or contact tracing in the community, outside of high-risk settings, such as congregate residential settings, or for certain circumstances, such as outbreaks in schools.
What this means for you:
- Please keep an eye out for disease clusters or outbreaks in your schools and reach out to CCCHD when you suspect a cluster or outbreak so that we may assist you in case investigation and contact tracing. During times of significant community spread, it is difficult to draw a line between in-school transmission and community transmission, so please use your best judgement. Never hesitate to reach out to our Communicable Disease Team for advice/assistance – we are here to help!
- Masking in schools:
- At a high COVID-19 Community Level, universal indoor masking in schools and ECE (Early Care and Education) programs is highly recommended, as it is in the community at-large.
- At medium or low transmission levels, anyone who chooses to wear a mask should be supported in their decision to do so.
Without structured contact tracing in place, it is more important now than ever that you encourage mitigation strategies that work against the transmission of COVID-19, such as vaccination, proper masking, physical distancing, improving ventilation, hand washing, cough etiquette, testing, and staying home if you are sick.
- 2022-2023 School Guidance
- COVID-19 Isolation & Exposure Guidance
- Optional letters for exposures
- Letter to parents to report an at home test
As always, our team is interested to hear your feedback and available to answer any questions.
Similar to infections in adults, the most common sign of monkeypox in children and adolescents is a rash that progresses from maculopapular lesions to vesicles, pustules, and finally scabs. If a child has not had any contact with a confirmed case and has none of the risk factors, but has a rash, please consider other diagnoses such as be varicella (chickenpox); hand, foot, and mouth
disease; measles; scabies; molluscum contagiosum; herpes; syphilis (including congenital syphilis); allergic skin rashes; and drug eruptions. A doctor should be consulted to determine the cause of the rash.
Monkeypox can be found in any individual regardless of sexual orientation.
In Clark County, the risk is low for a child to catch monkeypox. Higher risk for a child is if someone else in their family or a close contact is a confirmed case.
Monkeypox is not common in children in areas where the disease is not endemic. Monkeypox can spread through contact with the fluids (e.g., lesion exudates and respiratory secretions) of people or animals with monkeypox or through contact with fomites (e.g., shared clothing, towels, toiletries, and bedding).
- Monkeypox in Children Handout
- CDC: What you need to know about Monkeypox if you are a Teen or Young Adult Handout
- CDC: FAQ for Schools, ECE Programs and Other Settings Serving Children or Adolescents
- US Map and Case Count
- CDC: What to do if you are sick
- CDC: Preventing Spread to others
Children have many different illnesses that can cause a rash (i.e., varicella (chickenpox); hand, foot, and mouth disease; measles; scabies, etc), schools should continue their normal mitigation strategies for children who show up to school with an unknown rash.
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Immunizations are given according to the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Ohio Department of Health. For the most up to date immunization schedule, please visit the CDC’s Webpage.
Required Vaccines for Child Care and School in Ohio can be found on the ODH webpage.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a survey that monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among 9th-12th grade students. Topics include behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, sexual behaviors, alcohol and drug use, tobacco use, dietary behaviors, physical activity, and the prevalence of obesity and asthma.
To see the most recent reports, please click here.