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HEALTH & SAFETY AT SPRINGER

This page serves as a resource for Springer families and our community to help ensure they have access to information related to our response, building protocols, and health and safety policies. All policies and protocols have been created with the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and following all mandates from the State of Ohio, Hamilton County and City of Cincinnati.

Click here to review Springer's Covid-19 plan for the 2020-2021 school year.


Face Coverings Protocols

Below are Springer’s protocols for wearing masks. These protocols have been informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.

  • All students will be required to wear a face mask both during class times and during transition times.
  • Springer encourages extra masks to be supplied from home.
  • Masks should cover the nose and mouth, wrap under the chin, and should not contain vents or be see-through.
  • Students will not be required to wear masks during lunch or during outdoor recess and activities.
  • Breaks will be managed in the classroom as needed by classroom teachers.

The CDC does not recommend wearing masks with one-way valves or vents. Therefore, we do not allow these masks on campus. In addition, masks should follow the spirit of the dress code and not be political, offensive or otherwise a distraction to others in the community. They should not be costume or Halloween masks and should cover the nose, mouth and chin.

While we recognize masks may be difficult to wear for some students, we will work with students to build their stamina and tolerance for masks in order to create and sustain a safe learning environment.

Requests for exceptions due to medical reasons should be directed to the School Office: .

 

Cleaning Protocols

We have partnered with TDG Facilities Management to develop and carry out protocols that follow CDC guidelines which include classroom cleaning between transitions as well as cleaning rest rooms, high-touch areas and common areas multiple times throughout the day.

Cleaning and disinfection will be done after each cohort of students leaves classroom, including between class changes (if applicable), between groups in the cafeteria (when utilized), and after each school day.

If a member of our community has confirmed exposure to or tests positive for COVID-19 we will work directly with the Health Department to make sure we follow the most recent recommendations for schools.

Self-Health Assessment

As per the CDC, persons should continue to conduct a Self-Health Assessment of all students and employees at home PRIOR to leaving for school. You will use the information from the CDC found below to self-assess yourself and family members for the symptoms of COVID-19. By arriving at the building, the staff member and parent confirm that the self-health assessment was performed and conditions below are not present.

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Sore throat
  • NEW uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, it would be a change from their baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • NEW onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
  • Had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (close contact is within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes)
  • Had close contact with someone under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19 (close contact is within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes)

If a member of our community answers YES to any of the questions the student should not come on campus. For re-entry and next steps please contact the Springer Health Office (513) 871-6080, ext. 441, or

Building Visitors Protocol

Springer loves to welcome parents and visitors on campus. The safety of our Springer community is our priority, and therefore those granted entry will be subject to the same health and safety protocols as the rest of our community. Below is the Visitor Protocol for entering Springer’s building during this pandemic.

The visitor confirms that they and members of their household have not had any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Additionally, we require that the visitor has not been around someone who has tested positive or been around someone with suspected COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

The visitor agrees to the following guidelines:

  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet between self and other individuals
  • Wear a face mask made of cloth/fabric to cover the mouth, nose and chin at all times inside the building
  • Not drink directly from a water fountain
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, and immediately clean hands after either
  • Clean hands after touching high-touch areas and after using the restroom
  • Stay home if sick
  • Continue to monitor their own health
  • Remain with staff host or in staff approved designated areas
Symptoms, Exposure, and Re-entry to School

Parents/guardians will be required to conduct health screenings of their student each morning prior to leaving home. If a student or staff member has symptoms,* they should stay home and contact the Springer Health Office for next steps and re-entry plan. If a member of our community has confirmed exposure** to, or tests positive for COVID-19, we will work directly with the Health Department to make sure we follow the most recent recommendations for schools. Cincinnati Health Department does not recommend rapid testing for COVID-19 and strongly encourages PCR testing.

*Symptoms

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

**Confirmed or Potential Exposure

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

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