It is important to recognize that it will not be possible to remove all the risk of virus transmission now that COVID-19 is well established in the community. The health and safety protocols that follow for the reopening of school are designed to mitigate the risk and are based on guidelines from the CDC and the AAP.
Keeping space between students and adults, wearing face coverings, and frequent hand washing are the best tools to avoid being exposed to this virus and spreading it to others. Most importantly, we are relying on parents to screen their sons daily for any signs and symptoms of illness. It is imperative to keep your son home if he is presenting any symptoms and to contact your primary healthcare provider for further recommendations.
During the school year, students, faculty, and staff will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms, complete a daily health screening, and openly report positive test results to the school. While symptoms of COVID-19 vary greatly, it has been well documented that temperature screening alone is not a reliable indicator of infection, and parents are in the best position to note early and subtle changes in their son’s health status.
Daily Health Screening
All students and staff will be required to complete a daily health screening and their temperature will be checked before entering the school building for the day. The daily screen may be completed on the individual’s phone or tablet. The responses to questions regarding exposure and signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will trigger a red or green screen. Students and staff members should be prepared to show their green screen when they arrive at school. A red screen indicates that the individual should not attend school that day due to recent exposure or current symptoms that may be COVID-19 related. Get to the app here.
We will require the same screening process for our visitors as we do for our students, faculty and staff. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
If your son’s absence is COVID-related (quarantine, signs and symptoms that could be COVID-19), please notify the school by 7 AM (COVID_attendance@moeller.org) with a detailed email. If your son is healthy enough, he is expected to virtually connect with his class through the Microsoft Teams livestream. Please let us know in the email if he is unable to participate remotely due to illness. If your son’s absence is not COVID-related, please call the attendance line (513-791-1680, option 3).
Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19
Individuals who were diagnosed with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These symptoms can range from mild symptoms to more severe illnesses. Symptoms may appear up to 14 days after exposure to the virus, but some individuals may have symptoms appear in two days following exposure. Individuals with the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Types of COVID-19 Cases
Hamilton County Public Health strongly recommends that all symptomatic students and staff be tested for COVID-19. An individual who does opt to receive the recommended testing should remain out of school until the test results are known.
Suspected COVID-19 Cases
A suspected case of COVID-19 is where a student or staff member is ill with symptoms of COVID-19 and DOES NOT have any known exposure to a known case of COVID-19 or laboratory confirmed evidence of infection. If a student or staff member falls into the suspected case of COVID-19 group, the individual would be excluded from school and advised to seek medical attention. If the symptoms are found to be non-COVID related (asthma, allergies, pertussis, flu, etc.), they may return to school based on the guidance following their diagnosis.
Probable COVID-19 Cases
A probable case of COVID-19 is where a student or staff member has had exposure to another case of COVID-19 (probable or confirmed), does not wish to or did not receive a COVID-19 test, AND meets symptoms from either Category 1 or Category 2 listed below.
One of the following symptoms
Shortness of breath
Two of the following symptoms:
Fever (100.4 measured or subjective)
Rigors (chills with shaking)
Myalgia (body aches)
Sore throat that has been within six feet of a case
New loss of taste or smell
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
A confirmed case of COVID-19 is where a student or staff member has laboratory confirmed evidence of infection (positive COVID-19 test). A confirmed case can be further classified by being either a symptomatic confirmed case of COVID-19 or an asymptomatic case of COVID-19.
The student or staff member may return to school the day after they are released from isolation.
Isolation helps to protect the community by preventing exposure to people who already have COVID-19. Isolation separates people who are sick with a disease like COVID-19 from people who are not sick.
If a student or staff member has a confirmed symptomatic or probable case of COVID-19, that individual shall be required to isolate until the following criteria are met:
At least 10 days have passed from symptom onset and
The individual has been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and
Their other symptoms have improved.
If a student or staff member has a confirmed asymptomatic case of COVID-19, that individual shall be required to isolate until the following criteria are met:
At least 10 days have passed since the date of their positive COVID-19 test and they have not developed symptoms of COVID-19.
A close contact is any individual that has been within six feet of a case of COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more during the infectious period. Identifying close contacts begins 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours before the date of the COVID-19 test if the individual never developed symptoms. These close contacts will include students and staff members with or without face coverings.
Quarantine, much like isolation, also helps to prevent exposing the community to individuals who may have Covid-19. If a student or staff member is a close contact of a case of COVID-19, that individual will be quarantined for 14 days from the date after the last exposure (date they were last around the case). The individual shall remain in quarantine for the complete 14 days even if they receive a COVID-19 test and the results are negative.
However, anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who:
Developed COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
Has recovered and
Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
Does not need to quarantine.
Communication to Parents
Archbishop Moeller High School does not intend to close when notified of a positive case in our student body or within our faculty/staff. We will be transparent when these cases occur. The identity of the individual testing positive will be kept private and not shared with the community. We will adhere to all privacy guidelines to the extent required by applicable laws and government agencies.
Two notifications will be sent via email from Cindy Neuhaus, our school nurse. A general notice will alert the entire community to a positive test. A second email will be sent to those students and families who are identified as close contacts to the positive case. Those students will be required by Hamilton County Public Health to quarantine for 14 days.
Health And Safety
Archbishop Moeller High School is committed to keeping our traditional school environment. We have specific requirements and guidelines that must always be maintained. Parents/Guardians are expected to reinforce the following:
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period.
Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce spread. Students will be
asked to respect rules and direction for foot traffic on campus – within buildings and up and
- Lunch will occur in both the cafeteria and the Activity Center (AC) to decrease
the number of students in one space.
- Offices will post occupancy signs and have floor markings to designate waiting spaces.
- High traffic counters, such as the ITC help desk and the front office, will have acrylic installed to protect both students and staff.
The virus is spread primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Therefore, Archbishop Moeller requires that all students, faculty, staff and visitors wear face coverings while indoors on Moeller’s campus. The mask must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking, it must be on before entering the building. The only exception to wearing a mask is on back fields with physical distancing and given permission by teacher or coach.
Moeller will provide each student two Moeller face coverings that will be a required part of the student dress code for the 2020-2021 academic year. Extra masks will be available for sale in the spirit shop. All student masks must be school appropriate (solid color masks, masks with simple designs like stripes, checks, etc.) or masks with a basic logo (Ohio State, Bengals, Nike, etc). They may not contain vulgarity, references to drugs or alcohol, or contain political messages of any kind. Also, masks should not be distracting to the classroom environment. Students are encouraged to wear Moeller branded masks. Students may not wear a plastic face shield. Students who do not comply with the mask policy will be issued a detention. This requirement is for safety purposes that allows us to be back on campus.
Hand washing is another effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 has been found to circulate in most US communities, sometimes without symptoms, putting everyone at ongoing risk. Students are expected to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Avoid touching commonly used surfaces. If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used. Moeller will have hand sanitizer available in every classroom and throughout the building.