We have created this page to inform our parents, community, students, and staff on how the school district is responding to Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19. Student safety is our top priority and we continue to do our part to prevent the spread of illness in our schools. This information is subject to change. Please check back periodically for updates.
Fairfield City Schools are now closed through Friday, May 1, 2020 to assist in reducing the spread of COVID-19. The latest updates are below.
Do you need to reach someone on our staff? Click this link for the FCSD staff directory.
Updated April 2, 2020
2020-2021 Intradistrict Transfer Requests Application Window Extended Until May 15
Due to the closure of schools, the application window for 2020-2021 Intradistrict Transfer requests will be extended to May 15, 2020. Because school offices are closed, we are offering two ways to submit your application:
Fairfield Administration Office
Attn: Intradistrict Transfer
4641 Bach Lane
Fairfield, OH 45014
Contact your building administrator if you cannot download a copy of the application.
Intradistrict transfer requests are for students who live in one area of Fairfield or Fairfield Township and wish to attend a school different from their assigned home school. Intradistrict transfer requests are limited and only granted if space is available at the requested school.
Please refer to the Intradistrict packet at the bottom of this page for the board policy and regulations used to guide the principals in approving or denying requests. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available to print at the bottom of this page. Applications will be accepted starting April 6, 2020. Requests submitted after May 15, may not be reviewed until August. These requests will be considered on first come, first served basis.
Updated March 31, 2020
All events scheduled between now and May 1, 2020 are canceled due to the Ohio Department of Health school closure order.
Updated March 30, 2020
Dear Fairfield City School District Parents and Guardians:
On March 30, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine made an announcement ordering all of Ohio’s public, community, and private K-12 school buildings to be closed to students through Friday, May 1 due to the coronavirus health crisis.
We know this order presents a challenge to our families. Our district is working diligently to partner with you in furthering your child’s education and well-being.
What does this mean for our students?
Although our school buildings are closed, remote learning will continue through May 1. We will continue to implement our virtual learning plans and expectations, provide student services and resources, and distribute free meals to our students as we are able.
Beginning April 6, the district will provide students with a week’s worth of free meals every Monday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following locations:
School Pickup Sites:
Compass Elementary, 8801 Holden Blvd.
Central Elementary, 5054 Dixie Hwy.
West Elementary, 4700 River Rd.
East Elementary, 6711 Morris Rd. (Fairfield Township)
Community Pickup Sites:
Pinnacle on Pleasant: 5001 Pleasant Ave., Fairfield, OH 45014
Camelot East Apartments: 1400 Sherwood Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014
Fairfield Acres (Debbie Park): 94 Sammy Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014
Pater Worship Center: 2104 Pater Ave., Fairfield, OH 45011
Tyler's Creek Apartments: 7777 Wildbranch Rd., Fairfield, OH 45011
Meals will be available to all children ages 1-18 and will include breakfast and lunch.
Will school staff be working?
Yes, our school district is providing food and remote learning options to children. Our staff members are working remotely to actively plan and respond to this national health crisis.
Teachers and building principals will communicate learning plans and expectations with parents and students through Remind messaging.
What about mental health support?
Our professionals are reaching out to families to ensure they have open lines of communication during the closure, and to make alternative plans if necessary. Our counselors will be monitoring emails and reaching out to our school families in need. Our partnerships with St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Catalyst Counseling, and Envision Partnerships will remain in place and provide support remotely.
If a student or parent is in crisis, you can reach out to the following local hotline for assistance:
Butler County Crisis Hotline: 1-844-427-4747 or call 9-1-1.
What does this mean for graduation?
HB 197 permits public and private schools to grant a diploma to any student on track to graduate and for whom the principal, in consultation with teachers and counselors, determines that the student has successfully completed the student’s high school curriculum or individualized education program at the time of the Ohio Department of Health Director’s order. Parents who have questions about student eligibility requirements for graduation are encouraged to contact guidance counselors or grade level administrators.
What about state testing?
The Ohio state legislature has canceled ALL state-mandated testing for the 2019-2020 school year.
What about services to students with disabilities?
Our school district is making a good faith effort to provide such services. If a student with a disability cannot access the alternate delivery models being offered to general education students, then the district will consult with parents and/or caregivers to determine the needs of the student and identify the most appropriate means for meeting those needs during the closure period.
We have also set up a dedicated page on our website for all the announcements, resources, and updates on COVID-19. To view the page, click here: www.fairfieldcityschools.com.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers or principal. For access to a staff directory please click here: https://www.fairfieldcityschools.com/apps/staff/
We are experiencing a health crisis that none of us has experienced in our lifetime. There will be bumps along the way, but your child’s teachers, counselors, building principals, and our support staff are here to work with our families to support you and your children.
District Launches Use of Remind to Streamline Communications
The Fairfield City School District is rolling out the use of Remind, a popular communications tool! As part of this, official accounts are being created for all the educators, students, and parents in the FCSD school community. If you're not already familiar with Remind, it's a messaging tool that helps teachers and administrators engage students and parents on a regular basis. You should have received a text message from Remind/your child’s principal notifying you that you have been added to the messaging roster. If you did not receive an announcement, please visit remind.com. We are phasing in its use to eventually replace our current rapid notification calling system, and to be consistent with our communications. We look forward to sharing this new way to communicate with you!
FCSD Parents & Guardians -
Some of the emails our teachers are sending to you through Gradebook (Progressbook) are being returned as undeliverable. Please take a moment to log in to your Progressbook ParentAccess account (click "My Account") to check that your email address is correct.
If your child receives Occupational Therapy in our schools, they won't have to stop their work because of the school closure. Fairfield Occupational Therapists have created a department-wide Occupational Therapy Google Classroom page that students and parents are welcome to join. Information on how to login to Google Classroom can be found at bit.ly/fairfieldgoogle
Open Enrollment and Intradistrict Transfer Application Window to Change
Due to the current school closure, the dates for the application period for Intradistrict Transfers and Open Enrollment will be changed. We are also considering alternative methods for submitting these applications in the event the school closure continues after spring break. More information will be shared when a plan is complete. Thank you for your patience.
AP Testing Information From Fairfield High School Guidance Department
Dear AP Students and Families,
We hope that this letter finds you healthy and safe. As of 12:00 p.m. EST on March 20, 2020, CollegeBoard released the following:
● For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
● Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
● AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
● Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
● Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
● The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.
Given this information, CollegeBoard also states: We'll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.*
*Please note that our policy is if a student chooses to cancel an exam for which they have already registered, we remove the AP designation on the transcript and change the GPA weighting of the related course. Given the circumstances of this year’s unpredictable exam changes, this policy may be reexamined for this year only.
AP students should continue to work independently and under the guidance and tutelage of their AP teachers in order to continue their studies and exam preparations to the best of their ability. Students and families are encouraged to reach out via email, Google Classroom, etc. in order to contact teachers with any questions they may have.
Again, we are very grateful for your unwavering flexibility and understanding. We recognize how hard our AP students have worked in order to prepare for their exams, and want to make sure they are provided with all the tools and information necessary to be successful. Please visit the link below to stay up to date with CollegeBoard AP Exam information.
School Counselor, K-M
Report cards will be sent (or mailed) home with students after spring break. This information is subject to change.
ATTENTION Fairfield High School Seniors and Parents/Guardians!
Please take a quick survey to help us collect contact information for our seniors. We want to be able to communicate with you over the coming days/weeks. Click this link to access the survey.
A message from the FHS Guidance Counseling Office to sophomores and juniors:
Help us stay in touch with you during this uncertain time by providing your contact information!
Fairfield High School has created a one-stop-shop
for what students should do based on the class or teacher. Visit bit.ly/FHSRemoteLearning
Our counseling staff has shared resources to help parents and students navigate this school closure. Links to downloadable copies are below.
Updated March 30, 2020
The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be sending an adjusted spring sports timeline to its member schools after Gov. Mike DeWine announced March 30 that school buildings will remain closed through May 1 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.Athletes and coaches in spring sports currently are in a no-contact period that began March 17 and initially was to run through April 5, but the OHSAA released the following statement March 30 via its Twitter account, @OHSAASports
has announced schools will continue with ‘distance learning’ through May 1. As previously announced, there cannot be school sports if school facilities are not open. #OHSAA staff & @Jerry_Snodgrass
will send update to schools with adjusted spring sports timeline.”On March 19, Snodgrass, the OHSAA executive director, announced that he and his staff were putting together contingency plans in case school buildings remained closed past April 6.The OHSAA canceled the remainder of the winter postseason for boys basketball, girls basketball, hockey and wrestling on March 26.“We disseminated to our schools (March 13) a tentative schedule for our spring sports,” Snodgrass said March 19. “We put the no-contact period in immediately to discourage people getting together and complying to increase social distancing. We also tried to understand the mental being of our athletes, so we’re encouraging them to do teleconferencing, whatever it may be, to really discourage any social gathering.
“I’ve heard from so many that talk about how important a softball game, a track meet ... how important it is in their lives. ... All decisions are not going to be made upon emotions. We have to make the best judgments we can make in fighting that war that the governor indicated. We’ve already identified that coaches play such an important role in the lives of our student-athletes that they need that mental support, and that’s something we continue to stress.”
Unemployment Benefits Information
Utlities Disconnection Suspended
Utilities have suspended disconnection for families that may experience hardships during this time:
FREE Broadband and Wi-Fi Access
Charter Offering FREE Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days for New K-12 and College Student Households
Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.
- For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps
- Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use
- Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.
In addition to the support provided by the Butler County Public Health Agencies and the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, we also review the updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. The Ohio Department of Health has also opened a call center to help with the COVID-19 Response: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. Licensed nurses and infectious disease experts will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19. More information about the COVID-19 Disease can be found on their webpages:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Hand Washing Expectations
The links below are of videos you can use to help reinforce the importance of proper handwashing and covering of coughs/sneezes with your children and others.
Videos for older and younger students:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is coronavirus exactly? It is a new, previously unidentified virus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Similar coronaviruses cause symptoms of a common cold or upper respiratory illness.
How does it spread? The exact method of contagion is not known at this time. It is known that it is spread from person to person from individuals experiencing fever and cough. Frequent hand washing is encouraged to limit exposure to this, as well as the flu virus.
Should I send my child to school? Just like the flu or common cold, if your child is exhibiting symptoms of fever or cough, they should remain home until they are fever and cough free for 24 hours without medication.
Should my child wear a mask? According to health professionals and the CDC, at this time it is not necessary to invest in surgical face masks and exam gloves. These items provide an illusion of safety when actually, without proper training, proper hand-washing and other preventive steps, the benefits are minimal.
Can we still travel, for example, over spring break?
For the latest updates and advice on travel please refer to the CDC’s website
Are field trips or extracurricular activities going to be canceled? All field trips and extracurricular activities are canceled.