FAYETTE – Fayette County schools have adopted common guidelines for next years 2020-2021 year for dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Following Governor DeWine’s return to school order, local school districts are still working to finalize their plans. However, these general guidelines will be instituted at Miami Trace, Washington CH, and Fayette Christian Schools. Administrative teams from each district have worked with Leigh Cannon, Deputy Health Commissioner of Fayette County Public Health, to ensure the safety of all staff and students moving forward.
Classrooms will be reconfigured so that space is maximized for social distancing. All students will be in assigned seats, and classes will utilize outdoor settings as much as possible. Transitions will be decreased and traffic flows will be modified.
Additional clinic areas will be created in an effort to separate anyone with possible symptoms from students with daily medical needs. Any student who has a temperature taken throughout the school day, and that temperature is 100 or higher will be sent home.
All employees will be required to wear masks. When social distance is being honored, masks may be down for instructing and clarity in communicating with students.
Specific details on student masks on campus and on buses will be released by each district following review of the Governor’s Restart and Reset Planning Guide for Schools.
If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, he/she will be immediately isolated and will follow the protocols set by the Ohio Department of Health. Contact tracing and investigation processes will be conducted by the Fayette County Health Department and may result in further quarantine requirements.
In the interest of student and staff safety, visitors are highly discouraged. Visitors on school grounds are required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Parents/Guardians picking up a student may call the office upon arrival and receive assistance. Visitors will only be permitted into school buildings for authorized events and predetermined meetings arranged with school personnel.
Again, individual district plans will be forthcoming.
Task force teams are working diligently to provide these for students, parents, and communities. Please continue to check all communication outlets of the districts.