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2020-2021 School Year/COVID-19 Updates

 
This is the page to find all information related to the 2020-2021 school year in the Fairfield City School District during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
Please scroll down for additional information or check the archived files at the bottom of this page. Click the image below to view the COVID-19 Data Dashboard. To enlarge the image click "Google Data Studio" at the bottom of the image.
 
 
 
Graphic with the title Butler County Health District - Positibe COVID-19 Reporting, Isolating and Quarantining Process
 
 
 
Graphic directing viewers to click it to access the Ohio Department of Health website
 
 

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*A video further explaining this announcement can be viewed by clicking the following link:

www.fairfieldcityschools.com/apps/video/watch.jsp?v=305223

 

January 8, 2021

 

Dear FCSD Families,

 

We want to update you on information regarding our student quarantine procedure. On December 30, we received guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that schools would be able to relax quarantine practices if certain criteria were met. However, on January 5, the ODH released a different set of guidelines. These updated guidelines reflect the quarantine practice the district had followed prior to winter break.

 

Because of this, we will follow ODH recommendations for quarantine to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We are adhering to the guidance that we have been provided by the ODH and the Butler County Health Department.

 

Students and staff can continue to attend in-person school, even during a normal quarantine if the following criteria are met:

  • The school has COVID-19 prevention policies that require masks, handwashing, identifying and isolating individuals with symptoms, and routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • The exposure occurred in a classroom environment or while on school transportation.
  • The person testing positive and any contacts were wearing face masks that always covered their nose and mouth. If meals were consumed at the time of exposure, a distance of at least 6 feet must have been maintained.
  • Social distancing was maintained. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines acceptable distancing as a minimum of 6 feet. Ideally, desks should be placed at least 6 feet apart or 3 feet apart at minimum, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As previously stated, this new language resembles our quarantine practice prior to winter break. Because of this, no changes will be made to our process. We apologize for any confusion this may cause. The full notification is available for review here. 

 

 

Parents of K-5 students: Please read a message at the end of the following announcement about assignments, laptops, and attendance log-in. Thank you. A Message from the Fairfield City School District

December 27, 2020

Dear Fairfield City School District Families,

The safety and well-being of your child is important to us, particularly during this challenging time. We continue to monitor cases and quarantines related to the coronavirus, and to follow guidance from local and state government officials and medical professionals.

During his statewide coronavirus briefing on December 23, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Medical Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff recommended that schools should delay for a week the return to in-person learning following winter break. Because of this recommendation, the Fairfield City School District will move all students currently in in-person learning to remote learning from Monday, January 4, 2021 through Friday, January 8, 2021. This decision impacts all in-person learning students in preschool through 12th grade. Students who are currently enrolled in the virtual learning option will continue as usual on January 4.  We will resume in-person learning for those who are not currently enrolled in the virtual learning option on Monday, January 11, 2021.

We have consistently stated that we will follow guidance from state and local medical officials when making these difficult decisions. Governor DeWine’s recommendation is based on his conversations with medical professionals. He said during his briefing that delaying the return to school would allow for a “fresh start” from any coronavirus spread from the holidays. After exposure, it takes several days for the virus to incubate and for symptoms to begin. The briefing can be viewed here: https://www.ideastream.org/gov-mike-dewine-coronavirus-update-december-23-2020.

During our week-long remote learning, our buildings will be open, and staff will be present on site. Teachers will post the first learning activities/assignments/instructional videos for the week by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4.  Teachers using Google Classroom will provide those details on Progress Book as well.  Teachers are available to respond to questions and provide help during the normal student day, unless it is their plan bell or lunchtime.  Teachers will communicate their plan time/lunchtime to students/parents.

Students in need of Wi-Fi to complete assignments during this period can contact the individual’s school to make arrangements for access.  Students in grades K-5 who do not have access to a device at home should also contact the building for assistance. 

For attendance purposes, students will need to fill out the following forms for each day of remote learning, Monday through Friday.  Students should click on the appropriate link below each day when they begin their work. 

Students in grades K-5

Students in grades 6-12

All extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled. Parents and students should contact their coach or club advisor with any questions. Meals will be available for pick up for all students (including students in the virtual learning option) on Monday, January 4; Wednesday, January 6; and Friday, January 8 at Fairfield High School and Fairfield Freshman School from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

We understand the inconvenience and the disappointment this may cause, but we believe this is the best way to protect students and staff.  Thank you for your flexibility and for continuing to partner with us during this unusual time. We encourage you to do everything you can to stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Billy Smith

Superintendent

FCSD K-5 PARENTS - Please note:
Many of you have asked about laptops for your elementary students during our 5 days of remote learning. If you do not have a computer in your home, your child can receive a packet of assignments to complete. Please wait to hear from your child’s teacher on January 4 for further instructions. You should have or will soon be receiving a Remind message with this information.
You can access the attendance links from your phone at any point during the day/evening. Assignments can be completed on your child’s time. We understand this is a stressful time for all and we appreciate your patience as we once again navigate learning during this pandemic. 

 

 

A Message from the Fairfield City School District Regarding Fairfield High School

December 12, 2020

 
Dear Fairfield High School Families,

The safety and well-being of your child is important to us, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we continually monitor the number of positive cases and quarantines involving students and staff.  

Our schools are a safe place. We are not experiencing a spread of the virus among students and staff in the district. However, a consistent upward trend of positive cases and quarantines for students and staff at Fairfield Senior High School has had a significant impact on in-person learning. Additionally, we have had a difficult time filling vacancies due to staff illness or quarantine.  

Because of these factors, we have decided to move all 10th through 12th graders at the senior high school to remote learning beginning Tuesday, December 15 through Friday, December 18.  The high school will be in session on Monday, December 14.  Students will return to in-person learning after winter break on Monday, January 4, 2021.

All extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled, and high school parents and students should contact their coach or club advisor with any questions.

Additional information will be announced soon about meal distribution.

Students in need of Wi-Fi to complete assignments during this remote period are asked to contact the high school to make arrangements for access.

While in remote learning, students will participate in a structured online environment Monday through Friday that will include direct interaction with their teachers during the school day. Teachers will also be available to respond to any questions or needs during the school day.

This decision is for Fairfield Senior High School only. No other district schools are impacted.

We understand the inconvenience and the disappointment this may cause, but we believe this is the best way to protect our senior high school students and staff.

Thank you in advance for continuing to partner with us during this challenging time. We encourage you to do everything you can to stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

Billy Smith

Superintendent

 
 
 
 Image of the word "Important"Ohio Department of Health Adopts New CDC Guidelines for Quarantining 
If a student or staff member has been quarantined, they now have three (3) options for a return. The options are listed below.
  1.  Quarantine for 14 days after last exposure (as we have been doing) and monitor for symptoms.
  2.  Quarantine for 10 days after last exposure. If there are no symptoms, the student or staff member may return on day 11.
  3.  Quarantine for 7 days after last exposure. On day five (5), you may take a COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, the student or staff member may return on day eight (8).
A graphic with full details is below.
This is a graphic of the recommended options for quarantine following possible COVID-19 exposure
 
Follow the guidance in the graphic below about the proper ways to wear a mask from our partners at Mercy Health.
Access the latest blog here.

Do's and Don't for wearing a mask graphic.

 

Wondering when to keep your child home from school?

 
This is a graphic of a flow chart about when to stay home. There is also the same in a pdf file at the bottom of this page.

October 5, 2020

FCSD Parents/Guardians:

Updated guidance from the Ohio Department of Health makes it possible for performing arts programs across the district to now hold classes and rehearsals indoors without having to be 6-feet apart.

A list of mandates outlined in the Responsible RestartOhio plan through Governor Mike DeWine’s office dropped the social distancing requirement for performers, directors, and conductors. 

Performers in district programs must also follow Ohio’s facial covering order. Other mandatory rules include :

  • Performers, directors, coaches, staff, and volunteers must conduct daily symptom assessments before each practice/rehearsal/performance.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home.*
  • Directors and coaches must (1) Participate in COVID-19 education developed for them by the Ohio Department of Health, and (2) Educate their performers on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 using resources provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Directors and coaches must promote good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. Flyers and signs are available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Posters-and-Signs/.
  • No congregating before or after practices/rehearsals/performances by performers, directors, coaches, staff, or volunteers is permitted.
  • Directors, coaches, staff, and volunteers must wear face coverings at all times, and performers must wear face coverings when not performing, except for one of the reasons stated in the Director’s Order for Facial Coverings throughout the State of Ohio signed July 23, 2020 (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Order-Facial-Coverings-throughout-State-Ohio-reader.pdf) or as it may thereafter be amended. Directors and coaches are not required to wear facial coverings when directing practices, rehearsals, or performances and the use of whistles is necessary. (Written justification must be provided to local health officials, upon request, explaining why a director, coach, performer, staff, or volunteer is not required to wear a facial covering when not rehearsing or
    performing. At minimum, facial coverings (masks) should be cloth/fabric and cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin.)
  •  Performers, directors, coaches, staff and volunteers must strictly follow Ohio’s face coverings Order when out in public in order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and potentially spreading it during practices/ rehearsals/performances. 

To read the full list of guidelines and recommendations please visit the Responsible RestartOhio plan for performing arts by clicking here.

Download the guidance from the file list at the bottom of this page. 

If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact your building administrator.

 

 
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Remind Notification Information
 
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, all students will have access to free meals, regardless of their financial situation. Please click the headline above to read the entire letter from the FCSD Food Service Department.
 

A Message about Face Shields in School

As we prepare for the start of the school year on Monday, August 24, we are faced with a challenge related to the wearing of face shields as a substitute for wearing a facial covering.  On Saturday, August 15, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) deemed that the school-wide use of face shields does not meet the requirement of the state’s K-12 masking order.

The ODH is following federal guidance from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and prohibiting the use of face shields. Please click the headline above for more information.

 

A Note to FCSD Virtual School Students & Parents/Guardians:
If you are experiencing an issue with the Virtual Learning platform or having issues with your device, please email VL@fairfieldcityschools.com and include:
  • Specific details about your issue (example: If you can't log in, please tell us what program you are trying to access.
  • Student name(s)
  • Student grade level(s)
  • Parent/guardian name(s)
Someone will respond to help you.
Please know that if you are having technological or platform issues, your child(ren) will not be penalized for their delayed start.
Thank you for your patience!