Frequently Asked Questions About Re-Opening Schools
1. Could these plans change if there is a large spike in the COVID-19 virus?
- WNLSD will follow mandates/requirements required by the Governor, Ohio Department of Health, and Ohio Department of Education.
- These mandates/requirements may affect any/all proposed courses of action.
- Keep in mind that all changes are temporary during the pandemic. We hope to return to a normal schedule as soon as possible.
2. What is the anticipated start date going to entail?
The start date for students will be the week of September 8, 2020. The level and color coding will be reflective of Ohio’s Risk Level Assessments determined by the Ohio Department of Health. Please see the re-entry plan.
3. Will West schools start as indicated on the School calendar?
The start date for students has been delayed. The start date for students will be the week of September 8, 2020.
4. What do the color codes indicate?
Color codes correlate with the Scioto County alert level determined by the Ohio Department of Health on how schools should conduct the learning environment. WNLSD may find it necessary to increase the alert level depending on the conditions within the school district or the community.
COVID-19 Status Levels overview:
5. Will the district provide face masks/coverings for my child?
The district will provide two cloth masks for each student and staff member. The masks will be washable. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to wash the face covering each day. Personal face coverings purchased/made by the individual student are permissible.
6. How will I know which transportation group my child is in?
Geographical areas designating Groups A and B will be published underneath the COVID information tab on the school website before the beginning of school.
7. What are the expectations of the parents in the WNLSD?
When students are attending school face-to-face:
- Conduct a student wellness check including temperature prior to sending a student to school. Students with a temperature over 100°F should stay until fever free without the use of medications (Tylenol, Advil) for 72 hours.
- WNLSD requires that all students wear face masks/covering while at school. Two washable masks will be provided to each student and staff member.
- WNLSD requires that all students wear face masks/covering while on the bus.
- WNLSD is requiring a face mask/covering for all visitors, parents and guardians.
- Take some time before school starts and practice with your students wearing a mask.
- Provide your students with a clear water bottle (non-glass) as water fountains will be altered to enable water bottle filling
- Limit your visits to school as much as possible. If you do have to visit the school, conduct a personal health screening prior to coming to a school building and do not come if you have a fever higher than 100°F and/or exhibiting other symptoms.
- It is preferred if you can call the building and see if your question can be answered through the phone or by using a virtual platform like Google Meet or Zoom.
- Follow the posted guidelines and read all signage whenever entering the building.
- Ensure that your student’s contact information and medical information is updated through the online forms process within the Final Forms app on the school website.
- Ensure that emergency contacts have been designated and pre-arranged methods of getting a student home from school should they become ill or exhibit symptoms.
- Parents/Guardians will not be permitted to join their student(s) for lunch and no outside food is to be delivered to the school.
- Support the district in reminding your child to follow physical distancing recommendations
- Read all communication from the District, Building Principal, Teachers and public health agencies.
When students are attending school virtually:
- Utilize the WNLSD Website for support with technology, curriculum or social emotional resources.
- Monitor student progress on coursework.
- Develop and follow a “school schedule” to keep routines in place for students while working at home.
- Communicate questions and concerns to WNLSD staff immediately.
- Read (and respond when necessary) the communication from the District, building principal and classroom teachers.
- Make WIFI available to students or contact the school for hotspot locations.
8. What is the Senator Virtual Learning Academy?
- The Senator Virtual Learning Academy has been created for thoseparents who wish for their students to attend school 100% online during the first semester (first half of the year). Parents will have the opportunity to apply for their students to attend the Senator Virtual Learning Academy (SVLA) via the school website under the COVID-19 portal.
- Once accepted into the Senator Virtual Learning Academy, students are committed to the Senator Virtual Academy for one semester of 100% virtual learning.
- SVLA students will have virtual access to teachers that are not employed by WNLSD. Teachers for SVLA will be employed by a Future Ed Solutions.
- Parents must apply no later than August 14, 2020 to be eligible for SVLA
- Enrollment will be limited.
Curriculum for the Senator Virtual Learning Academy will be:
- Students will use Future Ed Solutions as the curriculum
- Not all WNLSD courses will be offered through Future Ed Solutions
- Application is on the website now in a link under the COVID portal. Applications are due prior to August 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM
- Students attending the SVLA can still participate in OHSAA sanctioned athletics or other extracurricular activities that occur after school hours.
9. What is the difference between blended/remote learning and the Senator Virtual Learning Academy?
Blended and remote learning is taught by Portsmouth West teachers and follows the curriculum recommended by the Ohio Department of Education and adopted by the Washington-Nile Local School District Board of Education.
The district will provide students with a 100% remote learning option (Senator Virtual Learning Academy) for anyone who is not comfortable with traditional on-campus instruction. The curriculum will be provided by Future Ed Solutions. SVLA will be a semester commitment and may not be available during the second semester, applications accepted until August 14, 2020. There are a limited number of seats available.
10. What thorough cleaning procedures are in place?
All buildings, classrooms, and offices will receive regular cleaning and disinfecting to promote healthy environments. Frequently touched surfaces, doorknobs, handrails, etc. will receive special attention. Hand hygiene products will be available in all buildings and in high-traffic areas.
Prior to the start of the school day
- Commonly touched items will be disinfected
- Hand sanitizer and soap dispensers will be checked for daily use
- Buses will be cleaned and disinfected in preparation for the morning routes and between routes
During the school day
- High traffic touch points will be cleaned numerous times throughout the day
- Hand sanitizing stations and soap dispensers will be refilled as needed
- Teachers will be sanitizing desks and high touch areas during transition times
- Buses will be cleaned and disinfected in preparation for the afternoon routes
At the end of the school day
- Thorough cleaning of the building
- Areas used for extracurricular activities will also be cleaned after usage
- The Clorox Total 360 disinfecting system will be utilized
11. How will the district address large group gatherings and athletic events?
- Welcome days, scheduled pick up, building tours will be moved to a virtual format
- Parent/Teacher Conferences in the Fall semester will be held virtually through Google Meet, Zoom or by phone by appointment
- We will adhere to guidance from OHSAA and the Department of Health concerning athletic protocols in the fall
- Building specific events (dances, family fun nights, etc.) are postponed until social distancing recommendations/orders are lifted
12. What will the district and buildings do in order to ensure the safety of students?
Entering and Exiting the Building (Building Principals will provide more details as the school start date approaches)
- Students will report directly to homeroom upon arrival.
- No congregating at the entrances or in common areas.
- Depending on the building there may be separate entrances for different grade levels.
- There may be a staggered release at the end of the school day.
- Breakfast will be “grab and go” and will be consumed in homeroom.
Hallways and Transitions (Building Principals will provide more details as start date approaches)
- Bell schedules and transition times will be altered; students need to follow the new schedules.
- Hallways will be designated as one way where feasible; students will need to follow these new paths.
- Students are asked not to congregate in restrooms or other common areas.
Classrooms (Building Principals will provide more details as start date approaches)
- Students will be asked to follow physical distancing recommendations throughout the day.
- Face coverings (masks) will be required of all students and staff.
- Students will be required to all face the same direction in classrooms when sitting at their desks.
- Students are asked not to share supplies with other students.
- If certain supplies/equipment must be shared, then it will be cleaned in between student uses.
- Class changes will be limited when feasible.
Lunch/Cafeteria (Building Principals will provide more details as start date approaches)
- There will be a limited number of students permitted at each table in the cafeterias, students will need to sit in designated areas (additional new areas will be utilized in schools).
- Lunch periods may be modified, allowing for additional lunch periods, reducing the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.
- More grab and go items will be available at some buildings, with limited choices
- No outside food deliveries will be permitted.
13. What about visitors and volunteers?
- All visitors and volunteers will be kept to a minimum during the pandemic.
- Essential visitors will be required to complete a health check which will include a temperature check
- Anyone entering the building will be restricted to the main office area only.
14. How will transportation be handled?
Challenges exist to implement social distancing on school buses. Financial constraints, a limited number of licensed bus drivers, and total number of buses in our fleet, make social distancing on buses difficult.
- Parents should conduct daily health checks of their child and not send an ill child to school
- Students will be assigned seats on all buses with household members seated together. In level yellow students will sit two per seat, in all other levels students will be seated 1 per seat as space allows
- Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each route and throughout the day
- Students will be required to wear face masks/coverings to ride on buses, unless there is a documented medical reason that this is not feasible for the student
- Hand sanitizer will be available on buses and at entrance and exit points of school buildings prior to loading and unloading buses
- Drivers will be required to follow employee guidelines for wearing face masks/coverings
- The number of students being released from the buildings to load and unload from the buses will be reduced as much as possible
If your children typically utilize district transportation, but this year you intend to utilize an alternative transportation method please contact our transportation director or you may use Final Forms to report your intent. The transportation phone number is 740-858-6688.
15. What do I do if my child is exhibiting symptoms or has been exposed to COVID?
- If your child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (see CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus), please do not send your child to school. Contact your child’s physician and proceed accordingly.
- The Scioto County Health Department has provided a detailed procedure (See PDF) for when students, faculty, or staff are safe to return to school.
16. What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
A positive COVID-19 test on a student will be reported to the Scioto County Health Department and the case will be investigated to determine close contacts. The Scioto County Health Department will follow up with the school to help determine close contacts. The student will isolate at home for 10 days and close contacts will quarantine at home for 14 days.
17. What is the difference between the 14-day quarantine and the 10-day isolation period?
Positive cases of COVID-19 need to isolate at home for 10 days. A person is contagious for a 10-day period. Close contacts of positive cases need to quarantine at home for 14 days which is the incubation period of the virus.
18. What is the definition of a close contact?
A close contact is somebody who is within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more cumulatively.
19. Should close contacts be tested for COVID-19?
It is recommended that all close contacts be tested 7-10 days after an exposure. If you are tested before that 7 to 10-day period, you may be a false negative.
20. Does a contact of a contact need to quarantine?
A close contact of a contact does not need to quarantine.
21. If quarantined, how will my child receive instruction?
For a child that is quarantined, the child and parent should stay in contact virtually with their teacher(s) to complete course work.
22. What happens when a staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
When anyone in Washington-Nile Local Schools tests positive for COVID-19, that person needs to isolate for 10 days at home and be interviewed to identify close contacts. Close contacts will be notified and instructed to quarantine for 14 days.
In closing, we assure you that WNLSD is doing everything possible to decrease the risks associated with contracting COVID-19, as well as any other virus, illness or disease. We understand sending your child to school among this pandemic is a family decision not to be taken lightly. We welcome any questions or concerns and will try to address them in a timely manner and to the best of our ability.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to forge ahead in this new era of student safety and education.