January 11, 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you are likely aware, national and state preparation involving COVID-19 (specifically the new variant) continues to be at the forefront of public health conversations. The health and safety of our students and staff is the number one priority at Washington-Nile Local School District

The United States Center for Disease Control recently issued new guidelines for the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have updated our guidelines and they can be found on our website under the COVID portal. Additionally, as we experience increasing numbers of positive cases, if you or a family member have COVID symptoms or are currently being tested for the COVID-19 virus we ask that you please keep your child at home until you or the household contact are symptom free or receive a negative test result. Our goal is to keep students healthy as well as reduce the number of quarantines.

Our complete revised return plan is posted on our website. The following are core prevention measures for our district:

  • The Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends vaccinations for staff and eligible students. Vaccines are our best tool to protect students and prevent the spread of the virus. It is REQUIRED that all staff and students wear masks during academic school hours including academic after school programs and when utilizing school transportation. ODH and the CDC assert that masks have been proven to be extremely effective in slowing the spread of the virus. Per Ohio Department of Health guidelines - by requiring masks in school, maintaining social distancing and following sanitation protocols, students will not have to quarantine due to a close contact unless he/she becomes symptomatic or tests positive.
  • Additional measures which includes improving ventilation, maximizing distance between people and practicing good hygiene are followed. Our custodial staff is continuing to clean and disinfect our facilities daily. Be assured that we are working with health and government officials and continuously monitoring guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in order to act in the best interests of our students and staff.

We will continue to share information with our community as the situation develops through email, social media, and our website. Thank you for partnering with us to mitigate risk to our students, staff and community.

Anthony Bazler, Superintendent