REMOTE LEARNING DAYS FOR ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS
At this time, there are no plans to implement remote learning on a district-wide scale. We will continue to closely monitor COVID conditions across the District and in each school to determine if it may be necessary to close one or more buildings briefly and move to a remote learning format. In most situations, we wouldn't expect a building closure to last more than five days, based on the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.
To prepare for the potential of moving to a remote-learning format, teachers will be providing students with instruction on how to sign in to join their online classes and complete their assignments.
NOTIFICATION OF SCHOOL CLOSURE/REMOTE LEARNING DAY
The COVID-19 Omicron variant is spreading quickly among those who are unvaccinated and those who have not received the COVID booster vaccine. We will do our best to provide advance notice of any closures resulting in a remote learning day or calamity day. Families can expect to be notified by a phone call, text message, and email.
MAKING PREPARATIONS NOW FOR POSSIBLE REMOTE LEARNING DAY(S)
To ensure students are prepared for a change to a remote learning schedule, all middle and high school students should be taking their Chromebook computer and a charger home each evening.
Elementary schools are currently finalizing their Chromebook distribution plans. They will be instructing students when they will need to take their computer and charger home to prepare for a potential remote learning day(s).
We know that any changes that will require students to remain at home pose a challenge for many parents. Please make the necessary arrangements with your employer or child care provider now so that everyone is prepared for this possibility.
If numerous teachers from one or more buildings are out ill and unable to teach their classes remotely, it would be necessary to cancel classes altogether and for the school(s) to declare a “calamity day.” Calamity days are managed the same way a "snow day" is handled, where schools are closed and no instruction occurs.
To be counted as “present” during a remote learning day, students must follow their daily schedule and log in to their online classes just as they would if they were attending in person. Students who do not log into their online classes will be marked as receiving an unexcused absence on their attendance record.
REPORTING ABSENCES, ILLNESS, AND POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES
Even if your child’s school is closed, we must continue to report student and staff illnesses to Franklin County Public Health. If your child has COVID-like symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please submit your child's COVID diagnosis on our COVID-19 Online Reporting Tool
DISTRICT AND SCHOOL OFFICES WILL REMAIN OPEN
To maintain the support services you expect, the District's and schools' offices will remain open following our regular schedule, so feel free to call with any questions. If you need to come to any of our offices, you must wear a mask and follow posted safety protocols when on District property. If your child has forgotten something at school, please call the school’s office to arrange for the item(s) to be picked up.PICKING UP STUDENT MEDICATIONS FROM THE SCHOOL
Schools are not permitted to store medications when working in an extended remote learning mode. Prescription medications cannot be sent home with students, so please contact your child's school right away to arrange a time for you to pick up medications.GRAB & GO MEAL SERVICE
We will have a plan to provide grab & go meals in the event of a school closure. We will include grab & go meal information in any remote learning announcements.QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROTOCOLS
On December 27, the CDC issued new guidelines for quarantine and isolation when exposed to someone with COVID. These guidelines outline the recommended measures that should be taken by an individual based on whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
However, Ohio HB244, which was signed into law in July of 2021, prohibits the discrimination of Ohio residents based on their vaccine status. Because these two protocols conflict with one another, parents and staff may choose which protocol they prefer to follow when exposed to someone with COVID.SOURCES FOR VACCINES AND BOOSTERS
We strongly encourage everyone eligible to get a vaccine or the booster to get one. We are currently working with PrimaryOne Health to offer the booster vaccine in the District. We will contact you as soon as the dates and times are finalized.
You can find vaccine and booster locations near your home or work at https://www.vaccines.gov/.FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact the District's Communications Office at [email protected]
or call us at 614-492-2520.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this very challenging time. We can and will get through this. We just need to work together and take the recommended precautions to keep ourselves and one another safe and healthy.