According to the health professionals with whom we consulted, we learned that those who are currently requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19 (including the variant) are almost entirely those who are unvaccinated, and who are older than our student population. The CJ community has a high rate of vaccination — indications from the surveys tell us that the vaccination rate among our student population is more than 60 percent, and more than 90 percent for employees. In Ohio, since January 2021, 98.4% of hospitalizations have been people who have not been vaccinated. Though some vaccinated individuals may experience some symptoms from exposure, it appears that the vaccinations are working as intended, protecting those individuals from serious impact.
Because of these indicators, CJ is confident that the school community can eventually pivot to a mask-optional policy. Wearing a face covering will continue to be required when riding on any form of school transportation. At all times, students, teachers, staff members, and coaches will be strongly supported if they decide to continue to wear face coverings and social distance while at CJ.
A reported positive case will result in quarantine notifications being sent to those who were in close contact with the person reporting a positive case. Per ODH
- Unvaccinated individuals will be expected to quarantine for up to ten (10) days if they were in close contact with a person who tested positive, and that the close contact occurred in an unmasked setting.
- Vaccinated persons who provide a copy of their vaccination record to the school nurse will not have to quarantine, even if there was close contact without face coverings, provided the person is not experiencing any symptoms. Families who wish to pre-register their child’s vaccination card with CJ may provide a copy of the student’s vaccination card (front and back) to CJ school nurse, Colleen Norris, RN/BSN/LSN. Copies may be submitted by email, or by sending the information in an envelope with your student, who can turn it in to the nurse. Should you have any questions about providing this information, please contact Colleen.