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** New - Superintendent Hall - Update 8/6/2020  **

Important reading documents

CDC Article Ohio Dept of Health  Logan County Health Dept. 
COVID-19 Checklist-Parents of Teens Young Adults  Back to School Planning for In-Person Classes  LCHD order for face coverings in schools 

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST 2020-21

BES   /  BIS  /  BMS 


 PLEASE visit building websites for specific information
Elementary(BES)   Intermediate(BIS)  MIddle School(BMS) High School(BHS)
 May 21st Facility Update – FAQ's – Hillandale Golf Course

UPDATED 7/22/2020
New Info in RED

Why does there seem to be daily changes to the school’s plans?

Changes are made when new information or guidance is released.  The district has no advanced notice of what the Governor or Health Director will say or the orders they might give.  When we get new information or orders, it does take us some time to consider the impact it will have on the whole district.  We do understand that the changes can be frustrating for families and may result in a desire to change your choice regarding remote versus in-person learning for the coming school year.  FinalForms is still open.

 

Do I need a note from the doctor if my child is out of school for 24 hours or more with a fever?

Guidance is changing continually, but a note from the doctor is not a requirement at this time.  The Common County Re-opening Agreement, approved by Dr. Hoddinott, states, The duration of homestay for a child sent home with a fever is fever free (without medication) for 24 hours (one full day) AND improvement of all other symptoms for 24 hours.  (Or a documented negative COVID 19 test)

 

Why did the district change the protocol of students participating in co-curricular activities like band, choir, orchestra this year? 

Currently, families are able to choose remote or in-person learning, not a blend of the two. 

Keeping safety as our highest priority and using the latest information and guidance from Dr. Hoddinott, Band and Choir classes present the greatest chance of spreading viruses due to the large movement of air.   Band, Choir, and Orchestra are not the only classes effected by this change.  Students who chose remote learning are also not permitted to attend during the school day for advanced classes like AP Chemistry, AP Physics, etc…



Revision to Common County-wide plan:

The CDC recently changed their guidance for non-COVID+ students. It was previously recommended that non-COVID students had to be fever and symptom-free for 72 hours before returning to school. The new guidance is fever and symptom-free for 24 hours. The county-wide plan will be revised and posted on our website and Facebook page.

 

Will the district be taking student temperatures at the bus stop?

No. The district is encouraging parents to take temperatures at home before school each day. The district also intends, to the greatest extent possible, take temperatures at school.

 

Can my child participate in co-curricular activities (Band, Choir) if I chose remote learning?

Students who have chosen remote learning for the first semester will not be permitted to participate in co-curricular activities. Homeschooled students will also not be permitted to participate in co-curricular activities during the first semester. This does not apply to extra-curricular activities.


Can we change our choice after the school year starts?

The choice between in-person or remote learning is a commitment for the first semester.  That full commitment is necessary so the district can plan and fully implement safety measures such as the ability to social distance, balance class sizes, plan meal locations within the buildings, manage bus capacity, etc… We know this is a difficult decision with the information that is valid today, however, the commitment is needed.   We recognize in rare cases there may be extenuating circumstance and will gladly work with you if the need to switch for health reasons arise. 

What is being done to keep the classrooms/buildings clean?

  • All disinfecting products that will be used are EPA approved to kill the COVID virus.
    • All custodial staff have been trained on the usage and proper technique for treating areas with maximum effectiveness.
    • All custodians will be required to use personal protective equipment to protect themselves as well as limiting the risk of transferring viruses.
    • The district will be using a disinfecting system that will provide a process using pre-treated cleaning cloths with disinfectant that are contained once used, then washed daily. Cloths used will be room specific to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
    • All high contact areas (hallways, playground, cafeteria, doors) will be cleaned/disinfected throughout the day as often as possible.
    • Nurses will keep in communication with custodians regarding possible areas that may need to be disinfected immediately.
    • Adjustments to building HVAC systems will be made to follow CDC recommendations to allow for increased fresh air into building spaces.
    • Isolation spaces will implemented to temporarily quarantine students that have exhibited virus related symptoms, and are awaiting parent pick up at school.
    • Floor markings will be used where needed to help students recognize proper social distancing in specific areas.

What is required of online (remote) learning?

Remote learning will be based off state standards and is intended to mimic the rigor of classroom instruction.  Unlike the remote learning from March, it will now be more engaging with teacher-made videos, live Zoom lessons, and more interactive with teachers.  School computers can be loaned if needed; however, internet access will not be provided by the district at this time.


What is required of online (remote) learning?

Remote learning will be based off state standards and is intended to mimic the rigor of classroom instruction.  Unlike the remote learning from March, it will now be more engaging with teacher-made videos, live Zoom lessons, and more interactive with teachers.  School computers can be loaned if needed; however, internet access will not be provided by the district at this time.

What safety measures will be in place for on-site learning?

  • More extensive cleaning and disinfecting
  • Students will be provided frequent handwashing breaks
  • Social distancing will be practiced to the greatest extent possible
  • Students will not use locker in an effort to avoid close mass gatherings
  • Hallways will be marked with specific travel patterns
  • There will visual reminders of safety practices on the floors and walls
  • Cafeterias and other locations in the buildings will be used for meals to ensure social distancing is maintained
  • There will be limited switching of classes
    • Elementary School – no switching.Students will stay in cohorts
    • Intermediate School – will switch once during the day and only after our cleaning protocol has been followed
    • Middle School and High School – will maintain their normal switching for each period and cleaning protocols will be followed

 

With no open houses, how do I get to know my school and teacher?

  • Postcards will be mailed from your teacher indicating a specific time for a virtual meet and greet
  • First day of classes, September 8, will be reserved for grades K, 3, 6, and 9 to support transitioning to a new, unfamiliar building
  • All other grades will start on Wednesday, September 9th

 

If my student is on remote learning, will he/she still receive special services (special education services)?

Yes, we will follow state guidelines to provide services to all students.

 

If I choose remote learning for my student, can he/she still participate in extra-curricular activities (sports, band, clubs)?

Yes, however, the students/families are responsible for transportation to those after-school activities.

 

What if a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19?

Communication will be developed by the Health Department, not the school district.  A common template will be developed to include the following:

  • Specify to parents which classroom(s) the confirmed case was in (ex. Mr. Smith).
  • More generalized statement to building staff.
  • The school district will cooperate with the Health Department’s work in social tracing.
  • 14-day quarantine will be required of any student who tests positive with COVID 19 and
  • 14-day quarantine will be required of any staff member who is determined to have had “exposure” as determined and documented by the Health Department.
  • The Logan County Health Department will write a letter for the school district to use and the letter will explain/define what is considered “exposure” to COVID 19 that will result in Quarantine.
  • With Health Department guidance, this protocol may change as new information become available.

 

Will a Blended Learning Model ever be considered?

The number of students who choose in-person learning may determine the need to move to a Blended Learning Model to ensure proper safety measures and allow for appropriate social distancing.  The district has not ruled out this option.

 

What happens if I decline to submit the return-to-school form?

This is a difficult time for all who are trying to plan for the opening of school and we would greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation in completing the form.  This information is crucial in our planning for the safety and instruction of all students.  If you still decline to submit the form, we will assume the child will be attending in-person.

 




Annoucement

Bellefontaine Community:

While information is constantly changing, I would like to provide you an update, based on the best information we have today, our plan to start the 2020-21 school year.  Just prior to the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health provided districts with guidance to use in planning for the beginning of next school year.  Since that time I have been a part of numerous meetings to plan for our opening.  Still, our full and detailed plan is not complete.  Those conversations will continue daily over the next several weeks.  I do understand how important it is to get the information that I do know out to you in a timely manner.  To that end, I would like to share some information with you.

  • You are being asked to commit now to how you want your child/children to experience school during the first semester of the 20-21 school year.This is being done through a questionnaire in FinalForms that will be released on Tuesday, July 14, and is due by Friday, July 17.We need a decision on all students so we can plan accordingly.
  • We plan to start the 2020-21 school year with students on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, with students choosing either in-person or remote learning five days a week.
    • In-person instruction will be very similar to a traditional school day.
    • Remote learning will be very different than what students experienced at the conclusion of last year.Remote learning will:
      • Be more rigorous
      • Be conducted online only and not have paper copies available
      • Follow the district’s attendance and truancy policy
      • Require daily attendance and participation in lessons
      • Have a much higher level of accountability on students
      • Use the grading scale to determine letter grades, academic standing, GPA, graduation and promotion to the next grade, and eligibility
  • School begins on September 8th for students. It is the intention of the district to have the rest of the calendar remain unchanged.
  • There will be no open houses or visitors/volunteers in buildings this year.
  • We plan to have traditional bus routes.
  • We will not require students to wear face masks, but they are strongly encouraged.
  • Staff will be required to wear face masks or face shields when they are in direct contact with students or less than six feet apart.
  • We plan to follow OHSAA guidelines for the upcoming sports year.
  • Appropriate safety measures will be in place and cleaning/sanitizing will be done multiple times each day.
  • We will promote good hygiene, hand washing and the appropriate use of hand sanitizer.
  • We know circumstances may change in our district/state/nation that requires us to deviate from this plan.

Additional information will be shared with you as it is developed and finalized.

Thank you for your continued support during this time.

Brad Hall, Superintendent

Hall Signatgure

Click on the Parent Playbook (below) to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, please call the mainline at 937-593-9060

Parent Playbook Current Students Only
Parent Playbook New Students Only

We are asking that ALL parents of students use FinalForms and complete their portion ASAP for the 2020-2021 school year.   

IMPORTANT: You will receive an account confirmation email from FinalForms. Please click the link and follow the steps to login and access your student(s). If you have not received an email from Final Forms within 24 hours please check your spam folder or (link to fill out survey). If you are a parent of a middle school or high school athlete, please log on and fill out the forms with your existing username and password. 

 

Previous Letters

Blended learning Update
Board Meeting Info -  April 20th, 2020
Superintendent's letter - April 19th, 2020
Superintendent's letter - April 9th, 2020
Superintendent's  letter -  April 5th, 2020 update
Superintendent's  letter - March 29, 2020 update
Superintendent's  letter - 
March 14th, 2020 (Lunches)
Superintendent's  letter - March 13th , 2020 (School Closing) 
Superintendent's letter - March 12th, 2020 (COVID-19)

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