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Dear Fairland Family,

I want to thank you for your continued support of our district, and look forward to the start of a new school year. We are very proud of the work we do and we believe that educating our children is one of the most important jobs in the world and we take it very seriously.  

As we return to school this fall, we recognize the threat of the COVID-19 virus to our school community. We will adopt an approach which is vigilant to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and community. Our district will work closely with the Lawrence County Health Department and follow CDC guidelines to promote the health and safety of all students and staff in the Fairland Local School district.

Yesterday the ODH released news of their updated school guidance, which is based on CDC's most current guidelines for schools for the 2021-22 school year.  This includes the following (subject to change at anytime throughout the school year)

  • Strongly recommending vaccinations to eligible staff and students

  • Strongly recommends that any unvaccinated person over 2 years of age wear masks indoors (including during PE activities, indoor sports, indoor extracurricular activities, and indoor recess)

  • The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has informed school districts in Ohio that the use of masks and/or facial coverings will be recommended but not mandated for the coming school year.  In accordance with the ODH recommendation, the use of masks and/or facial coverings will be optional for all students, staff and visitors for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  However, We  strongly recommend that anyone with a pre-existing health condition wear a mask at all times while at school. 

  • Recommend those people who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.  

  • CDC requires that masks be worn on all public transportation, including school buses, regardless of vaccination status

  • Recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet between students within classrooms.  If that is not possible, layer multiple prevention strategies, such as indoor masking, screening testing, improved ventilation, regular cleaning, handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick

  • Maximizing physical distance as much as possible in food services lines and indoor eating areas

  • Limit nonessential visitors and volunteers

  • Educate teachers, staff, and families about COVID symptoms and when they and their children should stay home and when they can return to school

  • Report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to the health department as soon as they are discovered and notify (to the extent allowed by privacy laws) teachers, staff, and families of students who were close contacts as soon as possible

  • Modified quarantine procedures -  Fully vaccinated staff and students do not have to quarantine.

Thank you again for your support.  See you soon.

Sincerely,

Roni Hayes

 

The following health guidelines will be implemented throughout the Fairland Local School District

Fairland Local School District’s goal is to prioritize educational excellence while implementing health and safe protocols for the wellness of all students, staff, and the community.  I understand that this is still a very trying time for all of us and the guidelines and protocols will be subject to change throughout the year. 

  • Daily self-monitoring

  • Wellness checks should be conducted at home daily before coming to school.

  • If you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID, the flu or running a fever of 100 degrees or more, please stay home from school until you are completely symptom free for 24 hours. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, GI issues (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)

  • Any other illnesses should be handled in the routine manner according to our district policies.

  • If you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID or the flu, please stay home from school until you are completely symptom free for 24 hours. 

  • Please continue to practice good hygiene (wash hands (with soap and water for at least 20 seconds), cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, refrain from touching your nose and mouth, etc…). 

  • Please be respectful and supportive of those wearing masks in our buildings and on our grounds. 

  • Cleaning protocols will continue to be stressed at all levels and functions in the District. 

  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings as well as placing visual clues.

  • Touchless water stations will be provided to decrease the spread of the virus. 

  • Positive cases of COVID-19 will be handled in cooperation with the Lawrence County Health Department. 

Contact Tracing

  • In the event a student or staff member has been exposed to COVID19 the FLSD will work with the Lawrence County Health Department to identify and notify those exposed.  The Lawrence County Health Department will notify any person(s) who must quarantine and specify the duration of the quarantine period. 

Classroom Occupancy/Physical Distancing: 

  • The Fairland Local School District will implement the recommended safety protocols but any students who attend school will incur some level of risk. The district will decrease the likelihood of infection with cleaning procedures, but a certain level of risk can not be eliminated. Classroom occupancy will be determined based on each individual classroom circumstance with the maximum amount of safety considerations as possible. 

  • All areas of the campus will be monitored frequently to ensure there is no student crowding. Classrooms will be assigned specific bathroom, breakfast, lunch and gym access times to limit the number of students in any given area.  Signage reminding students and staff about handwashing, social distancing, and infection prevention will be posted throughout the school and in areas mentioned above.

  • Surfaces will be cleaned frequently, paying close attention to high touch areas and shared materials, and make sanitation wipes or disinfectants labeled for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) available in each room and common space. The sharing of supplies and materials will be minimized and if items must be shared, sanitized between each user.

Transportation:

  • It is highly recommended that they use hand sanitizer prior to boarding the school bus. (Seating siblings together whenever possible) Non-compliance will result in denial of transportation services.

  • Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any items. 

  • School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day.

  • Buses will operate; weather permitting, with windows open to increase circulation

  • Seating charts will be used.

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