Coronavirus/COVID-19

Coronavirus / COVID-19


2/25/22

Beginning Monday, February 28th, WCS will transitional to a mask-optional status. Please view our mask-optional FAQ document HERE.

Face Masks and Coverings
  • Face masks/face coverings will be optional for all students, PreK - 12th grade, and staff during the school day. (Changed on 2/25/22 - Goes into effect on 2/28/22)
  • It is strongly recommended that all high school students (grades 9-12) and staff wear a face mask/covering while indoors, especially those who are not vaccinated. Mask use during outdoor activities is not required. (Changed on 9/2/21)
  • Due to a federal requirement for mass transit, students and staff are required to wear a face mask/face covering on school transportation. Those who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask because of a developmental delay or disability, may complete a mask exemption form.
Vaccinations and COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols
  • Proof of vaccination will not be required of students or staff in order to be at school/work.
  • Social distancing (of at least 3 feet) will remain as one of our mitigation efforts against COVID-19.
  • Increased ventilation using MERV-11 or higher air filters will remain in all of our school buildings.
  • Daily disinfection and enhanced cleaning will continue.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to practice good personal health hygiene, including covering their cough, washing hands, and staying home when sick.
    • Students and staff should stay home if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 in order to prevent spread to others.
  • Quarantine protocols will be followed according to the most recent flow chart issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

Any district-wide changes in the student learning mode or related timelines will be made based upon review of the following data:
  • Proportion of COVID-19 cases of school-aged children in the Whitehall City School District
  • COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance (CATS) data in three areas:
    • Percent of student absences
    • Percent of staff absences
    • Rate of nurse visits of CLI/ILI per 1,000 students
  • Positivity rates and case counts in Whitehall City School District community
  • Other data as deemed relevant by federal, state, and local medical experts.

ODH Call Center

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at
1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Heart of Ohio Family Health Center @ WYHS

Visit our new Heart of Ohio Family Health Center at WYHS. Click their logo below for more information.
 
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