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COVID-19 Updates

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Wear a Facial Covering, No Need to Quarantine
 
This is a reminder that per Ohio Department of Health guidelines, students and staff who wear a facial covering consistently and correctly while at school will not need to quarantine. Please contact your building-level administrator if you have any questions. Thank you.
 

 
Federal Mandate on Facial Coverings for Passengers on Planes, Trains & Buses Extended
 
 
FCSD Families -
We want to update you on recent action taken by the Federal Transportation Security Administration regarding the required use of facial coverings for passengers on airlines, trains, and buses. The federal mandate due to expire on September 13 has been extended through January 18, 2022. All students and staff riding on Fairfield City School District transportation must wear a facial covering until the mandate expires. Please provide a mask for your child to use while riding the bus to and from school, athletic events, or related activities requiring transportation in district vehicles.
Thank you.
 
 
 
 
FCSD to Continue to Strongly Recommend Facial Coverings for All Students & Staff
 
 
The Fairfield Board of Education discussed the issue of facial coverings at the August 19 board meeting. The Fairfield City School District will continue to strongly recommend facial coverings for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. The district will continue to monitor our own data and will consider a change if the data indicate a need to do so. Thank you.
 
Board of Education to Discuss Facial Coverings in FCSD Buildings at August 19 Meeting
On August 17, Governor DeWine made a public request for all schools to issue a mask mandate in order to keep kids in school long-term. As a result, the Fairfield City School District Board of Education has requested Superintendent Billy Smith add "Facial Coverings in FCSD Buildings" to the agenda as an item for board discussion at their regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, August 19.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Fairfield High School, 8800 Holden Blvd. At this time, the board does not intend to take action on this matter at the meeting, but board action is possible.
Because this is a regular session, public comment will be permitted. Individuals interested in speaking must sign up at the meeting. A sign-up sheet will be available from 6:15-6:30 p.m. in the PAC lobby.
 
 
FCSD Response to Ohio Department of Health Guidelines Released July 26

 Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fairfield City School District has followed the guidelines that have been issued by our local and state public health officials.   The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is “strongly recommending” that unvaccinated students and staff wear facial coverings indoors when classes resume next month.  In accordance with this guidance, the Fairfield City School District strongly recommends that unvaccinated students and staff wear facial coverings indoors when classes begin August 17. We are not, however, requiring their use.    According to ODH guidelines, facial coverings are generally not necessary when outdoors, including when participating in outdoor play, recess, and physical education activities. The ODH guidance also: 

  • Strongly recommends vaccinations for all eligible students and staff.  Currently, vaccines are available for ages 12 and older. 
  • Strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals consistently wear facial coverings. 
  • Strongly encourages handwashing, maximizing social distancing, and other safety measures, such as providing good ventilation, to prevent virus spread.  
The Fairfield City School District will continue to follow the safety protocols listed below. 
  • During the school day, students and staff will socially distance as much as possible.  
  • Multiple water bottle filling stations are in place at each school.  At this time, water fountains will not be used.  We will explore the expansion of the water bottle filling stations across the district. 
  • Merv 13 air filters will continue to be used in all capable HVAC units throughout the district, and these filters will be changed prior to the start of school in order to maximize effectiveness. In addition, increased airflow throughout the buildings will operate on a 24- hour schedule to assist with air replacement. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom, and additional hand sanitizer stations will be located in common spaces throughout the schools. 
  • Facial coverings will be provided upon request. 
  • Sanitation of high-touch areas will occur throughout the school day. 
  • The U.S Department of Transportation continues to require that facial coverings be worn on all public transportation, including school buses. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status, as long as the federal mandate is in place.   
  • As a reminder, students and staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend school.  

The Fairfield City School District will continue to report newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 to our local health department. We will notify, to the extent possible, teachers, staff, and families of students who were in close contact with someone who has tested positive.  In compliance with the most recent ODH guidelines, FCSD students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting can continue to attend school and participate in sports and extra-curricular activities if both students were wearing masks consistently and correctly, and other layered prevention strategies including appropriate distancing were in place. Fully vaccinated students and staff do not have to quarantine.  Please be aware that any student who attends school will incur some level of risk. We will continue to monitor this situation, collaborate with our state and local health departments, and communicate any updated guidance to our school community.   Thank you. 

To view the complete guidance released by the Ohio Department of Health,  please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/K-12-Schools-Guidance.pdf 

  Did you know?
In May 2021 the Federal Communications Commission issued the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB), a discount of up to $50 per month on a qualifying household’s internet bill. See the flyer below for details. A PDF version of the flyer is posted at the bottom of this announcement for download. Questions? Call 844-512-6446 or email connectme@ohio-k12.help
 
This is a flyer explaining the Emergency Broadband Benefit. A pdf file of this flyer is posted below this announcement.
Follow the guidance in the graphic below about the proper ways to wear a mask from our partners at Mercy Health.
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Do's and Don't for wearing a mask graphic.

 
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Remind Notification Information
 
 
 
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