COVID-19 Information Hub

  • Effective Monday, January 31, 2022, Loveland City Schools will be moving to a mask-optional policy for all students in grades PreK-12. The only exception to this rule will be those students enrolled in our HeadStart PreK program, as their masking policy is set by federal guidelines. 

    Effective Monday, January 31, 2022, Loveland City Schools will also be updating our COVID protocols to align with new guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff from ODH has said that schools are no longer required to do contact tracing, according to a memo you can read in full by following this link.

    Throughout the pandemic, school districts in Ohio have been required to help local health departments carry out the task of contact tracing, by notifying close contacts, and informing people that they are expected to quarantine. Schools have been one of the only institutions in the state required to do this, so I am pleased that we no longer have to assist in this work. Going forward, the only time our staff will do contact tracing is when it is requested by Hamilton County Public Health or ODH because of an outbreak or cluster of COVID cases in one of our buildings. 

    Contact tracing has been important, but time-consuming work for our health team, building administrators, and teachers. With this work now complete, they can focus more of their day on their primary jobs, instead of phone calls and emails home to families. 

    Masks will still be required on all of our buses, per federal guidelines. Masking will continue to be recommended in our buildings. Families will still need to keep students home when they are sick and notify the school if they test positive for COVID-19. We will still be keeping track of seating assignments, maximizing physical distance, encouraging hand washing, and making sure our buildings are clean. 

    As the Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said today while discussing this rule change, the responsibility for things like vaccinations and masking has now shifted from schools to families. It means our families have choices about how to protect themselves and their students. Vaccinations are available for anyone 5 and over, and every trusted medical expert I have talked to has made it clear that vaccinations save lives because they reduce the severity of COVID. Masks are also effective tools for stopping the spread of disease, and it is possible we may require them for brief periods in the future in response to illness. 

    We are not fully “back to normal” and we may never truly go back to a point where life perfectly resembles what it did before March 2020, but we are taking an important step forward by allowing our students and staff to focus on school, rather than masks and contact tracing.

    I’ve heard from so many of you over the last few months, respectfully sharing your thoughts on the issue of masks. I know that some families will see this as a welcome change, and others will hear this news with concern. I’m hopeful that within a few days of being fully mask-optional, those concerns will melt away as we see more smiling faces in our buildings. 

    Mike Broadwater, 
    Superintendent, 
    Loveland City Schools


    Effective November 1, 2021

    The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has made a few minor changes to the quarantine recommendations for K-12 schools, and these new guidelines should help us keep our students healthy and in the classroom, where they learn best. 

    These guidelines will not change our current masking policy, but will change how we handle situations where a student has been identified as a “close contact/direct contact.” 

    Mask to Stay/Test to Play

    Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following:

    • Wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure.
    • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of the level of severity).
    • Consistent with guidance for others quarantining in lower-risk environments, students and staff may discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven days - if they don’t develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7.

    Direct contacts may continue to participate in extracurricular activities if they do the following:

    • Wear a mask when able. (This includes: transportation; locker rooms; sitting/standing on the sidelines; and anytime the mask will not interfere with breathing, the activity, or create a safety hazard.)
    • Test on initial notification of exposure to COVID-19.
    • Test again on days 5-7. If they are negative at this time, they will test out of quarantine.

    You can read the full policy from the Ohio Department of Health by following this link

    We believe the guidance from ODH will keep our students safe, and in school as much as possible, which has been our goal this year.

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    Updated August 20, 2021

    Loveland Tiger Families,

    During a Special Meeting of the Board of Education tonight, our existing mask policy 8450.01 - USE OF FACE COVERINGS/MASKS was revised by a 4-1 vote of the Board. The new policy allows the Superintendent of Loveland City Schools to set student masking requirements.

    Operating under that new policy, I have set the following masking guidelines for Loveland City Schools, effective Monday, August 23, 2021. Students in grades PreK-6 will be required to wear a mask indoors. Students in grades 7-12 will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask, but parental choice will remain in effect. Our staff will be masking PreK-12. Please know our staff will work with all of our students as we transition into this change on Monday. A medical waiver form will be released on Monday for any of our students who have qualified medical exceptions. Your building administrators will work with families during the waiver process.

    Additionally, the Board voted 3-2 in support of the recommended change in masking rules.

    A reminder that masks will continue to be mandatory on our school buses due to federal requirements for public transportation.

    The Board and I have received many, many emails about this issue over the last few weeks, and they have been very respectful. We have read each of them. We are empathetic to the strong emotions involved in this issue because it relates to the safety of our children.

    I appreciate all of our parents and community members for their respectful attendance at tonight’s Special Board Meeting. I know these decisions are very difficult and I appreciate the cooperation that was shown by all.

    Respectfully,

    Mike Broadwater,
    Superintendent, Loveland City Schools


    Beyond masking, many of the District's mitigation efforts will remain the same as last school year, because we had success with our improved cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, traffic flow, and other efforts. Each of our buildings has a mitigation plan, which can be accessed through the "Important Links" section of this page. These plans may evolve and change as circumstances change.

    The below flow chart is a handy reference that communicates the guidelines laid out by the Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health. If a student is a COVID “close contact” they would not have to quarantine if they are masked. If they are unmasked, but vaccinated, they would not have to be quarantined. If they are both unmasked and unvaccinated, they would have to be quarantined. These rules are laid out by the state and county. The way to ensure your student is not affected by quarantine is to require them to wear a mask and if they’re old enough, get them vaccinated. Masks will be required on buses regardless of vaccination status, because of a federal mandate.

     

    Quarantine Guidelines described in this flow chart image. Information is provided in text form in the article.

    Our plans can change. If illness or quarantines impact our ability to teach students, we may have to take action that impacts individual classrooms, grades, age groups, buildings, or the entire district. If our children are not in school, they are not learning, and it is important that we do all we can to make that happen. We want our students in class and learning, so if it appears that we need to adapt to keep our kids in school, the district is prepared to do just that.

    We are starting this year in a much better situation than we were last year, but this remains a situation that could change with little notice.

    If you have specific questions not covered in the building mitigation plan, please reach out to our building principals or the District office. 

COVID Data Dashboard

  • Loveland City Schools will be providing our district COVID data weekly to Hamilton County Public Health. As that data is gathered and sent to HCPH every Monday, it will be updated here. 

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