January 12, 2022
For Immediate Release
The Henry County Schools are working collaboratively with the Henry County Health Department to form more realistic and logical approaches to COVID contact tracing within the school setting. With the surge of the Omicron variant, the ability to effectively contract trace in a timely manner has become unsustainable. As a result, Napoleon Area City Schools will now be updating our procedures with a focus on positive cases, household close contacts, general notification to students/families, and direct communication with parents of medically fragile students who might be impacted by someone with COVID in their classroom/grade level.
Napoleon Area City Schools and the Henry County Health Department will no longer conduct contact tracing for school setting exposures. District level communication will still be available for any positive COVID case on our District website home page at www.napoleonareaschools.org. Anytime there is a confirmed case, it will be reflected on the website in our daily updates under our Covid 19 Info tab found on our main page. For a confirmed case, there are no changes to the isolation duration and quarantine for the close contacts of that confirmed case in the home.
We continue to encourage students and staff to wear a mask, wash hands regularly, limit large gatherings, and monitor daily for any COVID symptoms. If you or your child have any illness symptoms, please stay/keep them home from school and consider contacting your medical provider. The school has testing kits available for students and staff upon request.
Thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility. Continue to take good care of yourselves and your families.
Dr. Erik Belcher