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Update Regarding Health Orders

Dear Highland Parents and Guardians,

On May 12, 2021, Governor DeWine announced that health orders would be amended in the State of Ohio. On May 17, 2021, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a Second Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings and Non-Congregating, rescinding the majority of health orders in Ohio except for safety in congregate living and health settings effective at 12:01 AM on June 2, 2021. This includes rescinding the August 13, 2020, Director’s Order Requiring the Use of Facial Coverings in Educational Settings. 

As previously communicated, the Highland Local School District has followed all prescribed health orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Medina County Health Department throughout the course of the pandemic and will continue to do so.    

Effective Wednesday, June 2: 

  • Facial coverings while indoors or outdoors on school property, at school related activities or events, or while participating in school transportation services shall be optional unless otherwise enacted by a health order or by law.
  • Any student, teacher, staff member or visitor shall not be subject to questioning or ridicule for electing to voluntarily wear a facial covering on school property, at any school activity or event or while traveling to/from school daily.
  • Unless otherwise required by health order or by law, the Highland Local School District expects to operate the 2021-22 school year and beyond without COVID-19 restrictions. 

We ask parents to discuss these updates with their child(ren) and provide direction regarding the wearing of masks indoors or outdoors at school, effective June 2 for the remainder of the school year. We ask families to consult with their health providers for recommendations on the best choices for their specific needs, as necessary.

Additionally, we must inform all families that contact tracing for potential exposure at school and quarantine requirements will continue for at least the remainder of this school year based upon information communicated from the state and local health department. Quarantine due to exposure would include 10 days of quarantine out of school without testing; OR 7 days out of school after receiving a negative test result (test results MUST occur on day 5 or later). Students or staff who are fully vaccinated would not be required to quarantine; however, students or staff would need to provide proof of vaccination to avoid quarantine.

Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes (total/cumulative time) starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the individual is isolated.

Given that quarantine requirements remain in effect for the remainder of the school year, visitors during the day will continue to be restricted, with limited exceptions, through the end of the school year.

Please note that some practices which have been adopted or expanded this year will remain. These practices include hand-washing routines, availability of hand sanitizer stations and the use of deep cleaning strategies in our buildings and buses. These protocols, along with monitoring symptoms and staying home when ill, remain important strategies for successfully completing the school year. 

We truly appreciate the efforts of our students, teachers, staff and families to follow the public health orders and mitigation practices that allowed us to remain in session throughout this school year. We are very proud of our students, both in-person and virtual. 

Sincerely,

Catherine Aukerman
Superintendent





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