New Philadelphia City Schools FAQ Document
What does it mean to assess for symptoms each day?
Students, staff, and visitors need to assess each day whether they have any of the following symptoms: fever above 100°F, difficulty breathing, a new cough, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, or a new loss of taste/smell. Staff and students are to remain home until they are fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours AND show improvement of all other symptoms.
Will there be enhanced cleaning in the district?
Yes. Surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected frequently, with special attention paid to high-touch areas and shared materials. Each staff member will be equipped with cleaning supplies to sanitize work areas throughout the day.
Will my students be distanced from one another during the day?
The ODH recommends 3-6 feet of distance between students. Students will be able to do this at times during the day. Sometimes students will be closer together than that, and sometimes students will be farther apart than that.
What is the district policy on masks/face coverings?
NPCS strongly recommends that staff and students who are not vaccinated wear a face mask while indoors.
Why are face masks required on buses?
The CDC continues to require that masks be worn on all public transportation, including school buses. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status.
What might cause you to change your mask policy?
We will continue to follow the guidance from the Ohio Department of Health as well as guidance from our local Health Departments.
Are quarantine procedures still in place in 2021-2022?
Yes. The New Philadelphia Health Department and the Tuscarawas County Health Department will be quarantining students who are identified as having been exposed to COVID-19. They will be following the Quarantine Guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health.
My child consistently wore his/her mask in school but was exposed to COVID-19. Will he/she need to quarantine?
Students who consistently and properly wear a mask in school will not have to quarantine from school. They will be asked to wear a mask to school for the 14 day quarantine period.
My vaccinated child was exposed to COVID-19. Will he/she still need to quarantine?
Students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will not have to quarantine from school. They will be asked to wear a mask to school for the 14 day quarantine period.
Will I get notified if there is a COVID positive case in my child’s school?
Yes. An email will be sent to all parents/guardians in a school when a positive case has been identified in the school building.
Will you update the COVID Dashboard?
Yes. The COVID Dashboard will be updated each Monday afternoon by 4:00 pm. It is available on our school website under the District Tab.
What if my child gets sick at school?
If your child develops symptoms at school they will be assessed by the school nurse and will be sent home if appropriate.
Are meals free this year at school?
Yes. Breakfast and lunches are free for all students this year. The Free and Reduced Lunch application still needs to be completed by families who qualify.