September 4, 2020
The Director of the Ohio Department of Health (“ODH”) issued an order on September 3, 2020 requiring reporting and notification regarding COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools (the “Order”). The Order requires all K-12 schools to maintain a reporting system for parents to report positive tests and/or cases of COVID-19 and encourages parents to begin notifying schools no later than 24 hours after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis. The system can use existing resources, including an attendance line, school nurse line, or other attendance tracking system to meet this requirement so long as the selected system is monitored daily and allows for COVID-19 case reporting.
- To the parents or guardians of all students who share classroom space or have participated in a school activity during the student, teacher, staff member, or coach’s COVID-19 infectious period.
- To all parents or guardians of students at the school building notifying them of a positive test result, which can be provided via email or posted on the district’s website and can be consolidated if necessary.
- To the school district’s local department of health.
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