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2020-2021 School Year Restart Plan

 
This is the page that you will find all information as it relates to the start of the 2020-2021 School Year in the Fairfield City School District. Students are scheduled to return to school on Monday, August 24 (last names A-K) and Thursday, August 27 (last names L-Z) in a hybrid learning model. Information about this new learning model and updates regarding extracurricular activities is below. Please scroll down for additional information.
 
NEW INFORMATION:
 
Request a Change to Hybrid Learning Days
For the most part, last names A-K will attend Monday and Tuesday and L-Z will attend Thursday and Friday. Some exceptions to the model include children that live in the same household with different last names, as well as higher needs students in special education. A form for parents to make a change request is now available. Please understand that not every request will be approved. Approvals will depend on the impact the request may have on class size. Please click here to make a request.
Print the form and return it to your child's assigned school. You will need to print one form for each child and return to each child's school. Thank you. 
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Effective August 1, the Fairfield City School District is taking the precautionary step of returning to Non-Contact/Non-Competition Workouts. At this time, all contact sports are allowed to train - but no physical contact or live competition will occur. As a result, any scrimmages (including 7-on-7’s, alumni games, etc.) that have been scheduled are suspended until further notice. These guidelines are for every level of FCSD contact sports (as defined by the district), including football, soccer, cross country, and volleyball.
 
Additionally, FCSD is dividing extracurricular activities into two groups – contact (listed above) and non-contact. Our non-contact activities - vocal and instrumental music (band), golf and tennis - are permitted to continue as long as social distancing guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Health and the Butler County Health Commissioner are strictly enforced. For some groups, social distancing guidelines call for more than six feet. For example, our marching band and choir students can only sing and play their instruments if they are outdoors and 10 feet apart. If guidelines for a group are not followed, we will suspend the activity immediately.
 
In addition, FCSD will be following the safety guidelines listed in Phase III of OHSAA’s previously established Guidelines for Non-Contact/Non-Competition Workouts. Phase III and the entire phase structure introduced by OHSAA was instituted when contact and competition were prohibited. The details of Phase III are listed at the end of this notice.
 
The status of extracurricular activities will be re-evaluated weekly.
 
We have had requests to make extracurricular activities exempt so that students can have a full athletic and performance season. We are making changes across the district that impact thousands of families because of social distancing guidelines. For this reason, we cannot justify allowing contact and non-contact sports/activities to be exempt.
 
Instead of canceling or suspending activities and seasons, the district is allowing teams and groups to continue with their activities if they are able to successfully adhere to the social distancing and no contact guidelines. We understand the importance for our students to be engaged with their teammates and coaches, which is why we are allowing groups and teams to continue in this manner.
 
As with all other communications related to the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to provide updates as the information becomes available.
 
OHSAA Phase III Guidelines: Skills Training- No Contact/ No Competition
 
Pre-Workout/Contact Screening:
• Any person who has had a fever or cold symptoms in the previous 24 Hours should not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his/her medical provider.
• A record should be kept of all individuals present.
• Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed/implemented.
 
Limitations on Gatherings:
• Gatherings sizes of up to 50 individuals, indoors or outdoors, could resume.
• When not directly participating in practices or workouts, care should be taken to maintain a minimum distance of 3 to 6 feet between each individual. Consider using tape or field paint as a guide for students and coaches.
 
Facilities Cleaning:
• Adequate cleaning schedules should be created and implemented for all athletic facilities.
• Prior to an individual or group entering a facility, all hard surfaces within that facility should be wiped down and sanitized. Hard surface examples include but are not limited to chairs, furniture, locker rooms, weight room equipment, bathrooms, and training tables.
• Individuals should wash their hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
• Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals.
• Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after each individual uses the equipment.
• Shirts and shoes should be worn at all times.
• Any equipment such as weight benches, athletic pads, having holes with exposed foam should be covered.
• Students should be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:
• Moderate risk sports practices may begin.
• Modified practices may begin for High-Risk sports/activities.
         Continue pre-practice screening as in Phases One and Two. Shower immediately after practices/workouts.
• There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between students.
• Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing, and individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
• All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during practices and between practices/sessions.
• Other equipment, such as wrestling ear guards, football helmets, etc. should be worn by only one individual and not shared.
• Hand sanitizer should be readily available.
• Maximum lifts should be limited, and power cages should be used for squats and bench presses. Spotters should stand at each end of the bar.  

Hydration:
• All students should bring their own water bottle, and water bottles should not be shared.
• Hydration stations (water fountains, water troughs, etc.) may be used but must be cleaned intermittently and after every practice/workout.

 
RESOURCES
• Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
• National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS): https://www.nfhs.org/
• Ohio Department of Health-Covid-19 Site: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home
• Ohio Department of Health -Sector Specific Operating Requirements: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/Sector-Specific-Operating-Requirements/
• Ohio High School Athletic Association: https://www.ohsaa.org/
 
A copy is available for download in the files listed at the bottom of this page.
 

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FCSD HYBRID LEARNING MODEL

Frequently Asked Questions  - 2020-2021 School Year  

                                                                                                                                                        

General Hybrid Model Questions

 

  • What is the first day of school for my child?
If your student’s last name starts with A-K, the first day of school is Monday, August 24.
If your student’s last name starts with L-Z, the first day of school is Thursday, August 27.

 

  • Do I need to sign my child up for the hybrid learning program?
You do not need to sign your child(ren) up for the hybrid learning program.

 

  • Will children of staff members attend school on the same days as all other students?
Children of staff members will be attending school under the same model as all other students.

 

Switching Hybrid Days        

 

  • Who should I contact if I need to switch my child’s hybrid learning days?
For the most part, last names A-K will attend Monday and Tuesday and L-Z will attend Thursday and Friday. Some exceptions to the model include children that live in the same household with different last names, as well as higher needs students in special education. A form is being developed for parents to complete with requests. Please understand that not every request will be approved. Approvals will depend on the impact the request may have on class size. Please click here to make a request.

 

Open House

 

  • Will there be open houses this year?
Yes. Open houses will be held virtually this year. Each teacher will create a presentation Introducing himself/herself to the parents/guardians and students. Principals will share with parents how to access this information prior to the previously scheduled open house time.

 

Reason for Alphabetizing for Attendance

 

  • What is the reasoning for dividing the district by last name?
We chose last names to distribute the number of students in each option evenly.

 

Preschool

 

  • What is the schedule for preschool students?
Preschool students on IEPs will be permitted to attend school four (4) days per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday because of the reduced class sizes. FCSD is only providing services to preschool students on IEPs in the hybrid learning model.

 

Kindergarten

 

  • Will Kindergartners be starting all on the same day, or on staggered days?
There will not be a staggered start for kindergartners. They will start their normal rotation on August 24. Students with last names beginning A-K will start on August 24; students with last names L-Z will start on August 27.

 

  • Are kindergarten students still half day?
Kindergarten students will follow the same hybrid schedule as all other students, with the exception that they will only attend a half day. Home assignments for kindergarteners will be less than what students in grades 1-12 receive for a full day. 
 
Students with Special Needs

 

  • The MD and Social Communications classrooms already have a low number of students. Will they be permitted to attend school more than two days a week?
Students in MD and Social Communications will be permitted to attend school four days each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 
 
Technology 
 
  • How do I communicate my need for a computer and/or internet connectivity?
When you complete your beginning of the year Final Forms documentation, you will be asked about your technology needs. This is the list we will be using for device distribution (at the elementary level) and internet connectivity (at all levels).

 

  • When will I be receiving a device from FCSD to support hybrid learning?
Students in grades 6-12 will receive a device when we return to school. Students in grades K-5 will receive one device per family a few weeks after the start of the school year. Until devices are distributed, there will be alternate (no tech needed) assignments. 
 
  • I would like to buy a device for my child to use at home. Do you have any suggestions?
A device with a camera, microphone and internet capability would be essential. Although a tablet would work (especially for younger children), we would suggest the device also have a keyboard. There is not a specific device or brand we would suggest - a laptop or Chromebook would be fine.
 
Electives 
 
  • What electives are available in the hybrid model?
All electives will be available to students in the hybrid model, including band, choir, and orchestra if all precautions outlined by the local health department can be followed.    
 
 Instructional Support 
 
  • How do I receive help from my child’s teacher during the days my child is learning from home?
Just like in a normal school year, teachers will be available 5 days a week for questions via phone call or email. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, teachers will be directly teaching students and responding to emails and phone calls within 24 hours. On Wednesdays, teachers will have 2 hours of dedicated support/office hours. The specific hours will be communicated by your child’s teacher.
 
School Year Calendar 
 
  • Does the later school start change any other dates on the calendar?
No. The remainder of the calendar will remain the same. A calendar is posted on our website: www.fairfieldcityschools.com and Select “District Calendar.” 
 
  • What happens when a holiday/work day falls on my child’s in-person day? Won’t one group miss more days than the other?
In looking ahead at the first semester, the days are split evenly.  For example, Labor Day weekend is a Friday/Monday off, as is our Fall Break. There are other off days for students that will also balance the days for students in both hybrid options.   
 
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What 6th - 12th Graders Need to Know About Schedules, Pictures, and Other Information to Start the 2020-21 School Year
 
 
School Schedules/Picture Days

Students in grades 6-12 will receive school schedules by mail. School photos will be taken during the school year.

  • Creekside and Crossroads middle schools will mail schedules the week of August 10.
  • The Freshman School and the Senior High School will mail schedules on August 17.

 

Building Walk-Throughs with Schedules

  • Sophomores and students new to the high school will be permitted to walk through the building with their schedules to find class locations on August 19 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Social distancing requirements will be enforced and all entering the building will be required to wear a facial covering.
  • Freshmen students will be permitted to walk through the building with their schedules the week of August 17 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call the school to schedule your day and time at 513-829-8300. Social distancing requirements will be enforced and all entering the building will be required to wear a facial covering.
  • Crossroads and Creekside middle school students will be permitted to walk through their respective buildings the week of August 17 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Social distancing requirements will be enforced and all entering the buildings will be required to wear a facial covering. Please call your child's school to schedule a day and time:
      •  Creekside: 513-829-4433
      • Crossroads: 513-929-4504
 

Communication

Parents of students in grades 6-12 will receive a letter with this and additional information about the start of the school year. A Remind notification message will also be sent to parents.

 

Open House*

Open houses will be held virtually this year. Each teacher will create a presentation Introducing himself/herself to the parents/guardians and students. Access information will be shared soon.

*The high school will create a series of videos that will soon be posted on its website: https://hs.fairfieldcityschools.com/.  These videos will explain various expectations of students. An announcement will be made when the link is available.

 

High School Parking Permits

To apply for a parking permit, please click here or visit the high school website https://hs.fairfieldcityschools.com/.

 

  • The cost of a parking permit for seniors interested in painting their spot is $55. This cost is a reduction of $15 from last school year. For rules please click here.
  • For all other students, the cost of a parking permit is $10 for nine (9) weeks. After the initial nine (9) weeks, if the district is still in session, the student’s fee account will be charged $10. This process will continue each quarter while school is in session.
 
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Fairfield Board of Education votes 4-1 July 28 to approve recommendation to start 2020-2021 school year in a hybrid model. FCSD will now start on Monday, August 24 for students with last names A-K, and Thursday, August 27 for last names L-Z.  Watch the Board Meeting Here.
 
The Fairfield City School District Board of Education approved a recommendation to start the 2020-2021 school year later than scheduled and with a hybrid learning model. Students will attend school in person in two-day increments with three days of at-home learning. The new start date will change from August 19 to August 24 (last names A-K), and August 27 (last names L-Z) to provide additional training time for staff.

**Students in our MD, Social Communications, and preschool students on IEPs will attend school for four days each week. Children of FCSD staff members will be attending school under the same model as all other students. Additionally, there will not be a staggered start for kindergartners. They will start their normal rotation on August 24.

 

“I know this issue is important and personal to everyone, and it is to me as well,” Superintendent Billy Smith told board members during a special meeting on July 28. “I want to assure everyone in our school community that I certainly did not take this decision lightly.”
Mr. Smith’s reasons for the recommendation are listed below.

Public Health and Safety. It is not in the best interest of the district to welcome approximately 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members back into district buildings at one time. The hybrid model allows the district to take a cautious approach to reopening schools.

Health department data shows that the two zip codes that make up our district – 45011 and 45014 – make up more than 41.8% of positive COVID-19 cases in Butler County as of July 14. “This is important data that I do not believe I can ignore as I make this recommendation to you about the start of the upcoming year,” Mr. Smith said to board members.

The district has received guidelines for handling positive COVID-19 cases. The guidelines include COVID-19 reporting, isolating, and the quarantining process. Details are listed below.
 
  • For students and staff members, the district will be required to prepare a list of contacts of fellow employees who were within six (6) feet or less. Additionally, the district will be required to prepare a list of students and others who have been in close contact with the staff member or students.
  • Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days at home.
  • All contacts of a positive case may not return to school until 14 days from exposure EVEN IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED A NEGATIVE TEST RESULT.
  • We will collaborate with the Butler County Health Department on this process.

The hybrid model will allow for much more social distancing in classrooms, cafeterias, hallways, and buses.
 
Mr. Smith said many across the district have worked hard to prepare for a safe return for all students and staff.
“We want all of our students to return to our buildings. We want to take care of them each and every day,” he said. “We miss them. Our students bring our buildings to life. We are hopeful that implementing a hybrid model will help us get to a place where we can safely welcome everyone back at the same time.”

FCSD 2020-2021 - The Hybrid Learning Model

What does a hybrid model look like?
The hybrid model is a blend of traditional and online learning. Half of the students will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays. The other half will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. When students are not in the school building, they will have assignments/lessons to work on at home.
 
What will the hybrid schedule look like?
Students’ last names beginning with (A-K) will attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays
Students’ last names beginning with (L-Z) will attend in-person on Thursdays and Fridays
All students will have assignments to complete at home on Wednesdays along with the days they are not reporting to school.

Teacher Hybrid Schedule (Model)
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Group A
(½ Class)
Full Day of F2F Instruction*
 
*Kindergarten will attend half-day sessions - AM or PM
Full Day of F2F Instruction*
 
*Kindergarten will attend half-day sessions - AM or PM
Groups A & B - Remote Learning
Teacher On-Site Workday
 Collaborative Planning
 Building and District Level Meetings
 Tutorial Videos
 Virtual Meetings with students
 Office Hours for students/parents (2 hours)
 Grading, copying, etc.
Home Learning Home Learning
Group B
(½ Class)
Home Learning Home Learning
 
Groups A & B - Remote Learning
Teacher On-Site Workday
 Collaborative Planning
 Building and District Level Meetings
 Tutorial Videos
 Virtual Meetings with students
 Office Hours for students/parents (2 hours)
 Grading, copying, etc.
Full Day of F2F Instruction*
 
*Kindergarten will attend half-day sessions - AM or PM
Full Day of F2F Instruction*
 
*Kindergarten will attend half-day sessions - AM or PM
 

Guiding Principles of Hybrid Learning

  Learning will occur 5 days per week; a lesson, assignment, activity, project, or independent work, etc. is expected every school day.
Assignments will be posted in ProgressBook.
Services related to a student’s IEP (OT, PT, Speech), Specially Designed Instruction, intervention, enrichment, gifted and EL support will be provided by district staff in the hybrid model.
Students will be attending all scheduled courses (core classes along with specials/electives).
Teachers will provide virtual support for students on Wednesdays.
Grade and record work in a timely manner and provide feedback to students. Grade according to the district’s Board Policy. (IKA-R)


TO OUR FAMILIES WHO HAVE ENROLLED IN THE VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTION
Many of you made the decision to enroll your student in the virtual option, due to concerns about sending them into a full face-to-face environment. Since we are starting school in the hybrid model, we realize this may have impacted your initial decision. If you would like to withdraw your student (s) from the virtual learning option, please complete THIS FORM.
 
FAMILIES WHO WISH TO ENROLL IN THE VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTION
Since we are starting school in the hybrid model, we realize this may have impacted your initial decision. If you now want to enroll in the district’s Virtual Learning option, please complete THIS VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTION ENROLLMENT FORM.
 
 
 
FCSD Virtual Learning Plan Information
Please click the link below for information about the FCSD Virtual Learning Option for the 2020-21 school year. A list of Frequently Asked Questions is included in the document. Information is subject to change and will be updated.
 
Click here to access a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our restart plan. We will update the questions list periodically. A copy for download is listed at the bottom of this page. 
 
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Primary Health Solutions Offering Free COVID-19 Testing August 4, 6 & 7
Primary Health Solutions will be providing free COVID testing for all Fairfield City School District staff and students. The testing will be conducted on August 4, 6, and 7 in the Fairfield High School parking lot. This is drive-through testing and is free of charge. The results will be available in 4-6 days.  Please complete a consent form for testing. Forms are specific to the testing date and can be accessed by clicking one of the three links below (Forms are also included at the bottom of this page).
You will also need to bring the following documents with you to the testing site:
> 2 copies of the lab requisitions/consents (please complete and sign the highlighted areas on the forms)
> A photo ID or driver’s license
> Insurance card (if you have insurance)

NOTE:  Minor students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be tested.
 
We very much appreciate this amazing service provided free of charge by Primary Health Solutions.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latchkey Notice
Due to temporary changes in School-Age Childcare regulations through the Ohio Department of Education, Fairfield City Schools Latchkey Program will be operating at decreased capacity. The program will be offered at 5 sites this year: North, South, East, West, and Compass. There will be no Latchkey available for Central students for the time being. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Latchkey, you will need to complete a Latchkey Interest Form. Filling out this form DOES NOT guarantee that your child will be enrolled; you will hear directly from Latchkey staff whether or not your application has been accepted, or you have been added to the waitlist. Please click here to access the form:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/96LWKFW. The form will be available through July 21. Please contact District Latchkey Coordinator Angela Giani (giani_a@fairfieldcityschools.com) with any questions.