Important COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 ACTIVE CASES DASHBOARD
Last updated Sept 30, 2021. This will be updated if/when we are notified of a confirmed case.
10 Active Cases
21 Cumulative Cases*
2 Active Cases
3 Cumulative Cases*
1 Active Cases
2 Cumulative Cases*
* Active cases mean that the student is quarantined and not in the building. Contact tracing has been performed and all those that have been in contact have been notified. If your child has been directly affected with the COVID 19 case, you will receive a phone call from either our school or the local health department within 24 hours of us being notified. If you have any questions email the Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Superintendents office at (330)729-4100.
Regarding the2021-2022 School Year
The health and welfare of our students and staff are of utmost importance to us at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center and Valley STEM. We have continued to work diligently throughout the summer to prepare for ALL students to return SAFELY on Monday, August 23, 2021. Here is some important information regarding COVID-19 and our policies and procedures:
- We will continue promoting the many mitigating strategies that were effective last school year. These measures include hand sanitizers in all classrooms and throughout the building, heightened daily cleaning protocols, social distancing, additional washing stations, and a continued push for proper hygiene.
- The HVAC system has been updated and maintained to maximize safe air filtration and circulation. We will also increase the outside air to the building to exceed recommendations.
- All drinking fountains will be off, and we will only use the bottle fill stations that we have put in place.
- We will continue to utilize our temperature scanners at the entrances before everyone enters the building and encourage a daily self-assessment (if you have a temperature or feel sick, stay home).
- Masks are REQUIRED on the school bus/transportation. This is a STATE MANDATE.
- Masks are OPTIONAL for staff and students while in the building; however, the CDC STRONGLY RECOMMENDS them. Please note: Wearing a mask may eliminate the need to quarantine, and students would be able to stay in the normal in-classroom setting. Industry recommendations may guide decision-making in setting-specific cases.
- Physical distancing of 3-6 feet will be strongly encouraged in labs and classrooms, as well as other areas throughout the building.
- If students are in close contact (inside 3-feet) and are vaccinated, in most cases students may remain in the normal in-classroom setting as long as they have no symptoms. (See flow chart attached)
- We will continue to update our website daily with COVID cases.
- We STRONGLY RECOMMEND our staff and students be vaccinated. Being that we are a district that only has high school students, everyone has the ability to be vaccinated.
- If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Superintendent, John Zehentbauer directly at (330) 559-4791 anytime.
Q: What is the benefit for students and staff that wear a mask in school?
A: Students and staff who wear a mask to school are less likely to be quarantined if they come in contact with a COVID-19 positive case in a classroom setting.
Q: Why aren’t face masks required for unvaccinated students at MCCTC and Valley STEM?
A: We follow the Ohio Department of Health’s (Governor Dewine) recommendations and at this time they are not requiring masks. Without this mandate, we believe this is a parental decision. We have also gathered data from families and staff while making this decision. MCCTC & Valley STEM is unique in that every student and staff member is of age to receive the vaccine and can do so before the start of the school year.
Q: Why are face masks required on school buses?
A: The Ohio Department of Health has ordered face masks to be worn on public transportation, including school buses, and regardless of vaccination status based on a federal order.
Q: How is the COVID-19 positive case determined?
A: This requires either a medical diagnosis from a physician or a positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Positive cases must be reported to the school nurse (330.729-4000 X1130) who will then contact the local health department.
Q: Is there a state law that gives health departments legal authority to quarantine students and staff?
A: Ohio Revised Code 3707.11 gives health departments authority to quarantine or isolate. COVID-19 is defined as a Class A, a reportable disease for quarantine/isolation.
Q: Will the school be able to socially distance students?
A: The CDC recommends 3 feet of distance between students and we believe 3 feet of distance (if not more) between students and staff can be achieved most of the time. We are unique in that our labs and other areas have a lot of surface area to ensure safety protocols are in place.
Q: When should I keep my child home from school and when can they return to school?
A: Any child exhibiting symptoms of illness should remain home until symptom-free for 24 hours. Further guidance can be provided by the nurse (330.729-4000 X1130).
Q: What if my child exhibits signs of illness while at school?
A: Any student exhibiting signs of illness will be sent to the school nurse and need to go home.
Q: My vaccinated child was exposed to COVID-19 in school, does she/he have to quarantine.
A: According to the Ohio Department of Health, fully vaccinated students do not have to be quarantined as long as they do not have symptoms.
Q: If my child is absent from school, how do I get make-up work?
A: Your child’s teacher will provide make-up work and explain how to access it.
Q: Are meals (breakfast/lunch) free during the 2021-2022 school year?
A: Yes, meals continue to be free for the 2021-2022 school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Q: If meals are free do I need to fill out a free and reduced lunch application?
A: Yes. If you think you could qualify for free and reduced lunch status it is IMPORTANT that you still fill out the application to qualify for additional cost waivers, such as school fees.