22-23 COVID-19 Protocol


Tallmadge Families,

We will soon begin our 2022-2023 school year with students walking our halls and studying in our classrooms. Thanks to the work of many over the course of the last two and a half years, we are now in a much better position to protect our students and staff from the outcomes of COVID-19 without risking the closure of our buildings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated its guidance on how people
can protect themselves and others from COVID-19. The Ohio Department of Health is following
that guidance for Ohio K-12 schools.

According to ODH:

“We now have much stronger immune resistance stemming from a combination of
vaccines and prior illness. We have access to COVID-19 vaccines for children as young
as six months. We also have widespread access to treatments proven to reduce the risk of
serious illness and hospitalization for our most vulnerable Ohioans, including staff and
family members of students who are more vulnerable to severe illness based on their age
or medical conditions.”

With the new guidance in place, Tallmadge City Schools will no longer be recommending the
“Mask to Stay, Test to Play” quarantine alternative for schools. Instead, according to ODH, if
students or staff feel sick or suspect they might have COVID-19, they should stay home and take
a rapid test. If positive, students and staff should stay home from school for at least five (5) days
and longer if necessary until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing
medication) and symptoms are improving.

Additionally, after isolation ends, students and staff should continue to take precautions as they
resume normal activities by wearing a mask for five (5) days (or after two negative tests 48 hours

As a district, we will continue working with our local health department to monitor community
spread and modify measures of protection as necessary. We will also have a variety of rapid tests
available for those who need them.

We are excited by the prospects of the 2022-2023 year, including having students and staff fully
participate throughout the school year. This is only possible with the collaboration of our health
departments, students, staff and families. We will continue to update you as developments arise.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff safe and in school.

Steve Wood

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