- The Fairfield City School District will discontinue universal contact tracing but will assist our local health department with contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notification related to outbreaks or clusters in schools as determined by the Butler County General Health District.
- Because the school district will no longer conduct universal contact tracing, there will not be identifications of “close contacts.” As a result, students and staff will not be quarantined by the Butler County General Health District from exposure at school. An exception MAY occur if the Butler County General Health District determines there is a COVID 19 outbreak or cluster in one of our schools.
- The district will no longer send exposure notifications to parents/guardians, but the district will continue to track and publish COVID-19 positive cases via the FCSD COVID-19 dashboard on our website. We ask that you monitor your child(ren) for symptoms and keep them home if they are sick.
The information above is included in a statement from Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Dr. Vanderhoff explains in the statement the reason for the shift:
“As COVID-19 has evolved, public health mitigation strategies have had to adjust periodically to address new challenges. The quick spread of the Omicron variant and its rapid clinical course have made universal contact tracing, case investigation, and exposure notification impractical when combined with newly reduced timelines for quarantine and isolation.”
Additionally, a letter from the Butler County General Health District is available for your review here.
As we make this transition on Monday, it is critical for parents/guardians to monitor their child(ren) for symptoms and to keep them home if they are sick. We continue to strongly recommend the use of facial coverings by students and staff, especially during this surge.
*Copies of both letters mentioned above are in the file list below.