Please note that all information is based on current guidance and recommendations from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. If guidance changes, we will update you with any impact on our operations.
MASK/FACE COVERING GUIDANCE
What are the expectations for masks/face coverings at Eastland-Fairfield Career Centers for this year?
The Ohio Department of Health recommends masks for those who are not fully vaccinated. Because all EFCTS staff and students are eligible (by age) to receive the COVID vaccine, masks or face coverings are optional for students, staff, and visitors at our Eastland and Fairfield campuses.
Per the CDC and Ohio Department of Health, masks are strongly recommended for those students, staff, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated.
This applies to high school and Adult Workforce Development (AWD) students taking courses at the AWD Center.
Do I have to wear a mask at my satellite program’s host school?
Mask guidelines are at the discretion of each school district and may vary. Please contact your satellite program’s host school district to learn more about its mask and face covering policies.
Do I have to wear a mask if I ride a school bus to EFCTS or my satellite program's host school?
You should contact your home district with questions regarding mask requirements on school buses. However, there is a federal order requiring masks on public transportation, and school buses qualify as public transportation.
What should I do if I am diagnosed with COVID-19?
Due to the implementation of House Bill 244 (HB244), Eastland-Fairfield is making the following recommendations should you be diagnosed with COVID-19:
- Stay home for the next five days, regardless of symptoms.
- You may return to school or work after five days if symptoms have passed or are improving (you must be fever-free for 24 hours to return regardless of other symptoms).
- You should wear a mask for an additional five days after you return to school or work.
- If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 and waiting for your test results, it is recommended to stay home until you receive those results.
Do I have to quarantine if I am exposed to someone who is COVID positive?
Due to the implementation of House Bill 244 (HB244), Eastland-Fairfield is making the following recommendations should you be exposed to someone that tests positive for COVID-19:
- You may choose to self-quarantine for five days, or you may continue to work or attend classes if the department of health has not issued a quarantine order. However, you should wear a mask around others for 10 days after your last exposure and continue to monitor for symptoms.
- If the test is negative and/or no symptoms are present, a return to work or school with a mask for the next five days is permissible.
- However, the CDC and ODH recommend that those who have not completed their vaccines or are unvaccinated should quarantine for five days and get tested on day five, if possible.
As always, if you are ill, running a fever, or experiencing other symptoms related to COVID-19, please stay home and consult your healthcare provider for further information and direction.
If I or my student choose to self-quarantine, will my/their absence be excused?
If you choose to keep yourself or your student home for self-quarantine, their absence will be excused and our staff will continue to support their learning while they are at home. Adult learners in an Eastland-Fairfield AWD program should communicate with the program coordinator about excused absences and making up work.
Are vaccines required?
Vaccines are NOT required at Eastland-Fairfield. While COVID-19 vaccines are not required in Ohio public schools, vaccines are recommended for all individuals ages 12 and up by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the Ohio Department of Health. In alignment with those health professionals, we at Eastland-Fairfield are recommending that students and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the vaccine is not recommended by your personal healthcare provider. Once again, masks are highly recommended for these individuals.
Are there any other precautionary measures being taken?
- In addition to masks and vaccines, we will continue our enhanced cleaning protocols and encourage regular hand-washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, which will be available throughout our buildings. We have also hired school nurses at each of our campuses for the 2021-22 school year.
- Per the Fairfield County Department of Health, schools are no longer required to send daily updates on possible exposures. As a result, effective January 12, Eastland-Fairfield will directly communicate only with parents/guardians of those students that have been positively exposed. All other updates can be found on this web page.
* updated 1/12/2022