Date: January 19, 2022
The number of students or employees in total at Ithaca Public Schools that have recently tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 has placed our district in transmission level RED. At transmission level RED, masks (no gaiters) are required indoors at all times. This virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Students that are actively participating in a sporting event will not be required to mask. Any student waiting on the side lines will be required to mask. Spectators and visitors will also be required to wear a mask while in the building.
Although we must protect the privacy of the person's involved, the health and safety of our staff and students is a top priority. We are providing you with the following information so you are aware of the increase in COVID positive cases not only in the district but also in the community. Please continue to monitor for symptoms of illness in your child.
If your child exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you immediately seek the advice of your medical provider. Some symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, new cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, or loss of taste or smell. Symptoms typically start to appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
Please remember to keep children home if someone in your household is symptomatic and awaiting COVID test results. We ask this to lessen the potential exposure risk to other students and staff.
We have implemented the CDC recommended protocols for positive cases in schools. This includes thorough disinfection of all potentially affected rooms and surfaces. Richland County Public Health will be in contact with the positive individual in conjunction with the school to help determine who has been deemed a Close Contact. These students and/or staff are in home-isolation or quarantine and will only be allowed to return once they have met the Ithaca School Board release criteria.
21-22 COVID-19 Transmission Matrix (updated 1/19/2022)
(The 4 links below have been deactivated for updating purposes.)
COVID Policy Updated September 20th, 2021
Covid-19 Symptomatic Illness Assessment For Parents
COVID Grid Sheet for parents
Ithaca Student & Staff Symptoms Protocol for Website