Health Services is part of the Department of Student Services. Here you will learn more about the Health Services program in the Grandview Heights Schools.
Daily Quick Screen for families: Use QR Code at right or visit: https://checkforcorona.com/ghs-students#/screening
It is the goal of Health Services to protect and improve the health of the students and staff in the school community. It is our goal for children to enter the classroom in optimal health and ready to learn. When children miss school due to illness and other factors, they are excluded from the learning process. If you have additional questions, please contact district nurse, Amy Elliott, RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at the following numbers:
CATS Data - COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance
The Grandview Heights Schools Leadership Team meets weekly with Elisabeth Root, PhD, faculty in the Division of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health and a team of researchers from The Ohio State University (OSU) regarding its partnership on a pilot project titled CATS Data - COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance.
The OSU core team includes:
Alexandria (Alex) Jones, MS, RN, CPH
RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader
Assistant Health Commissioner
Director of Prevention and Wellness
Franklin County Public Health
This partnership will provide our district with data on what is happening within our district’s specific school boundaries regarding COVID-19 cases, spread rates, attendance, etc. This information will provide the Board of Education and our district with yet another layer of information that will help the Grandview Heights Schools (GHS) make the best decisions possible as we move forward.
Data specific to GHS will be updated every Friday. This webpage and CATS Data dashboard are in the development phase, but we are getting closer to being able to share this with our community at large. We are hopeful to have this information and additional dashboard finalized in the coming week. Currently, based on CATS Data for Grandview Heights Schools district boundaries, the case count is highest among all the other school districts in Franklin County for COVID-19 cases when compared to other school districts and areas of Franklin County. This is reflective of our entire community, not just our school age students.
In order to reverse these trends, we need your help! Please continue to be vigilant in wearing masks, washing hands, and watching your distance between yourself and others. It's important to remember that behavior outside of our schools can put our staff and students at risk. When we wear masks and maintain six feet of distance in schools, we keep our students and staff safe. However, spread of the virus is likely taking place in athletics and social events outside of school. As a result, we need to recommit to taking the same precautions across our community. As we’ve stated throughout this process, what is happening in the community will impact our goal to keep students in the classroom. Working together, we believe we can once again lower the community spread in our area.
Per the updated recommendations of the CDC and FCPH, if a member of a household has COVID-19 symptoms, the following protocols are to be in place:
In addition, when there is a positive COVID-19 case reported in our district, we will send both a building notification as well as a classroom specific notification. The school health officials, with the assistance of the building principal, will work together to investigate any potential “close contact exposure” (i.e., contact tracing) based on FCPH guidelines.
In the event that your student was “exposed” or in “close contact” to the positive COVID-19 case in the school setting, the parents/guardians will be notified by a district employee involved in the investigation. All positive COVID-19 cases are reported to the Franklin County Public Health department. The health department will also notify anyone who has met the definition of “close contact/exposed,” in the event of a close contact situation outside of the school setting that might lead to exposure.
A Daily Health Assessment Guide/Check-In is below and attached for your information and use.
Hand Washing Guidelines
Can’t say it enough. Whether or not you get a flu shot, the best way to keep any disease from spreading is hand washing. Children should be taught to wash thoroughly:
Immunization Requirements - 7th and 12th Grade
The immunization requirement for 7th grade states that prior to entry into 7th grade all students should have 1 dose of Tdap (Adacel) and 1 dose Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4). Watch for the information sheet in the monthly newsletter. This dose is to be given during the Middle School years. The 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Form is below.
The immunization requirement for all students entering the 12th grade are required to receive 2 doses of the Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4) prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second dose of the vaccine must be administered on or after the 16th birthday. There must be at least an eight week time span between the first and second dose. If the first dose of the vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second dose is not required. The 12th Grade immunization Form is below.