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Anthony Wayne High School hsonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Anthony Wayne Junior High School jhonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Fallen Timbers Middle Schools ftonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Monclova Primary School moonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Waterville Primary School waonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Whitehouse Primary School whonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

District Coronavirus Communications

AWLS Communication Parents- 3/27/2020

Dear AWLS Parents,

We miss our students being in the school buildings! It’s been a full two weeks and many things have happened in our community, the state, and the nation in regards to this unprecedented COVID-19 (coronavirus) issue. With that said, I wanted to provide an update to you at this time. 

Time to connect with students
One of the positives I have found about the current “Stay Home” requirements from the Ohio Department of Health is the time available to connect with family members. From eating dinner together or playing games in the evening, I have enjoyed this time to strengthen my relationship with my children and wife. I’m hoping that you are also finding time to positively connect with your children during this time. 

Although the time together can be wonderful, we are all aware that it can also be very stressful. I will share the same information with all of you that I have shared with our administrators, it is important to find time each day and evening to rest, relax, and find positive ways to deal with the stress that everyone is facing. I have asked our assistant superintendent to work with our school counselors to create a webpage that would provide information and ideas for both parents and students on the topic of stress management as well as social and emotional wellness. This information will be shared with you as soon as it is completed. Here is one resources from the Ohio Department of Education that may be helpful at this time: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Supporting-Children’s-Social-Emotional-and-Behavi

Where do we all go from here?
Each day, I receive reports from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, Homeland Security, and listen to the State Governor and Federal Government press conferences. I’m sure you have read or heard several news stories on the spread of this virus. Please know that in the coming weeks, based on the statements from these medical professionals, there most likely will be people that you know that test positive for the Coronavirus. On Thursday, Dr. Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, shared that when the number of positive cases peaks in Ohio, she expects there to be 6,000-8,000 new cases per day.  With these statistics, it will be very likely that we will all know someone with the virus. These individuals may be students, parents, staff, administrators, community members, or others that you know. I would ask that if this happens, that everyone is empathetic toward these individuals. I can’t imagine what individuals and/or families will go through if someone they are close to is diagnosed with the virus. We, as a society, need to come together in a positive way and help those in need during this time.   

If we are made aware of an employee that tests positive for this virus, we would work with the local health department and the Ohio Department of Health to determine the appropriate response to the situation. 

State legislation
On Wednesday, the State legislature approved House Bill 197. This bill had many “Coronavirus relief” items in the approved language related to school districts. While I have not included all of the language below, please see a summary of the most significant items from the Ohio School Board Association:

• eliminates state and federal testing for the 2019-2020 school year;

• prohibits the issuance of Local report cards from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2019-2020 school year and provides a one-year safe harbor from sanctions related to these report card;

• freezes EdChoice eligibility at the 2019-2020 list of 517 buildings;

• waives the third-grade reading guarantee retention requirement;

• permits schools to grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for whom the principal determines that the student has successfully completed the curriculum;

• permits certain state-licensed individuals to provide services electronically or via telehealth communication to students with special needs;

• permits boards of education to use electronic communication for in-person meetings and hearings during the emergency period but not later than Dec. 1, 2020;

• permits schools to make up through distance learning any number of days or hours necessary to meet minimum instructional hour requirements.

As we move forward, there may be more changes approved for this school year. 

School calendar and instructional days 
Student learning opportunities will continue to take place in the District through Wednesday, April 1st. Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd will be “No New Instruction Days” for  students. Monday April 6th through Friday, April 10th will be spring break and this will not be changed for many reasons. At this time, we expect students to return to the buildings on Monday, April 13th. The Ohio Department of Education has shared that all students are considered in attendance during the time that the school buildings are closed due to the Coronavirus, but students are being offered learning opportunities through other means. 

Please know that the Governor DeWine has shared that parents and school districts should prepare for the possibility that school buildings could be closed beyond this three week period. I believe that Governor DeWine will discuss this item early next week. I will provide an update to you next Wednesday, April 1st, on what the instructional calendar will look like from April 13th through May 1st.

Athletic programs
There is no change with the decisions that have been made concerning spring athletics. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has not changed their requirements for athletic programs. The OHSAA shared that “A MANDATORY no-contact period is in effect for all school-sponsored sports until April 5, 2020. Additionally, there will be a mandatory shut down of facilities used for the purposes of conducting athletic activities from through April 5, 2020.”  The OHSAA has stated that practices can start again on April 6th and scrimmages/contests can start again April 11th. Please understand this decision may change and this timeline may be extended.

Student use of technology during learning opportunities
Screen time for students has dramatically increased with learning opportunities at home. In partnership with you, we would ask that you continue to reinforce appropriate behavior by the students with this increased time on their devices. The great news is that we all have been impressed with the students transition into this new environment. I am very happy to see all the positive learning experiences that are taking place during this unprecedented transition to “learning at home.” We appreciate the parents working with us as we learn and make adjustments in this new instructional environment. One resource I have found useful as a parent is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It provides tips for parents to manage screen time:

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Family/american-academy-pediatrics-recognizes-kids-screens/story?id=69771060

Thank you
We know that this transition and the unknown of when students will return to the buildings is stressful. We thank you for and are very appreciative of all the work that is being done by parents and families to assist us with educating our students. Please have an AWesome Friday and weekend! Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz 
Superintendent

AWLS Communication- 3/19/2020

Dear Parents and Community Members-

During the Governor’s press conference yesterday there was a recommendation to take the temperature of all staff as they come into work. This precautionary measure is another measure we will take with essential employees that remain in the District. Please know that many of our employees are working from home per the recommendation of the Governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health. We have chosen to take this precautionary measure to help stop the spread of this virus and “flatten the curve”. 

One other precautionary measure we have taken today, March 19th, is to close all buildings and the Central Office to the public until March 31st. We will re-evaluate this closure at a future date. We will still have some AWLS personnel in specific buildings to make lunches. We will utilize the temperature monitoring with these individuals. In addition, there will be some personnel that will remain in the Central Office. 

While buildings and the central office will be closed to the public, we are still available to communicate with you through email, mail, phone conversations, and, in some cases, video conferencing. 

If you need to contact the buildings and/or departments:

AWLS Central Office
9565 Bucher Rd.
Whitehouse, OH 43571
(419) 877-5377

awcao@anthonywayneschools.org

AWLS Student Services
9565 Bucher Rd.
Whitehouse, OH 43571
(419) 877-5377

sservices@anthonywayneschools.org

AWLS Transportation Department
6320 Industrial Parkway
PO Box 2487
Whitehouse, OH  43571
(419) 877-0451

transpsec@anthonywayneschools.org

High School
5967 Finzel Rd.
Whitehouse, OH  43571
(419) 877-0466

hsonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Junior High
6035 Finzel Rd.
Whitehouse, OH  43571
(419) 877-5342

jhonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Fallen Timbers
6119 Finzel Rd.
Whitehouse, OH  43571
(419) 877-0601

ftonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Monclova Primary
8035 Monclova Rd.
PO Box 108
Monclova, OH  43542
(419) 865-9408

moonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Waterville Primary
457 Sycamore ln.
Waterville, OH  43566
(419) 878-2436

waonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Whitehouse Primary
6510 Texas St.
Whitehouse, OH  43571
(419) 877-0543

whonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Food Service
In the midst of the current school closing and the ever changing environment due to COVID-19, Anthony Wayne Food Service wanted to make you aware that we may be able to assist those in need. If your current employment or income status has changed due to these circumstances, you may qualify for Free/Reduced meals. You can apply online using the link below, you will need your students ID number. If you do not have the ID number please contact the Food Service Department at mmenchaca@anthonywayneschools.org

https://us17.campaign-archive.com/?u=ede70d5058e855a3398b26828&id=b1c03b6e8b

If you do not have access to fill this out online please contact the Food Service Department and we can further assist you. 

Social Distancing
Two weeks ago I didn’t know the definition of social distancing and I can’t say I heard this term be used! In almost every communication, press conference, and news story I’ve heard this term mentioned several times. The primary method utilized in social distancing is creating space between you and another person. There are several videos of TV/movie stars/famous people that highlight the need for social distancing. I would like to recognize the need for this social distancing and also recognize an important group on the front lines of this battle with the virus- our medical professionals! Please see the picture below that was recently shared on social media:

 

If you are having trouble reading their signs it states “We stay here for you, please stay home for us!”. As we consider the many pleas to stay home and practice social distancing I think it’s very important to not only consider your own safety but the safety of those you come into contact with. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a great prevention resource on their website : https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html I’ve also attached a document called “15 days to slow the spread” from the Federal Government. 

Spring Break
I know that many of us had plans to travel for Spring Break. I know our family was expecting to be in Ft. Myers Beach on our annual trip to warmth and sunshine on the beach. I was made aware last night that Ft. Myers Beach was closed down through April 21st. I share this information with you so, if you have not started looking into your travel plans, I would suggest that you do so. As I found out last night, the area you are traveling to may be “closed down” or travel may be restricted.  

General Information
AWLS has created a page on our website to share information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the District’s reaction to it. We will continue to add resources to the website as we receive them. You can access the information at: http://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

The Lucas County Health Department has a new website with information as well: https://lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/

Please remember that if you have questions about you or your children, please either contact your doctor, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at (419) 251-4000 or at (419) 291-5355, the Wood County Health Department at (419) 352-8402, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634. 

Once again, I appreciate you reading over this information. Please be safe! Thank you!   

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

AWLS Communication- 3/17/2020

Dear Parents and Staff-

Social Media Post-

Unfortunately, there is an unfortunate social media post (generated through Facebook) circulating in the Toledo area. This statement is NOT TRUE!! Yesterday, during the Channel 11 news Facebook Live post of the Toledo Lucas County Health Department press conference, a person commented (see attached) that an AWLS student tested positive. The Health Department has confirmed that this statement was not true that was shared as a comment on Facebook. Unfortunately, this false rumor continues on social media. 

Where Do We All Go From Here- 

I’m sure in recent days you have listened to the news or press conferences at the local, State, and Federal levels. In these news reports and conferences, medical professionals have shared how this coronavirus will spread throughout our Nation. Please know that in the coming weeks, based on the statements from these medical professionals, there most likely will be people that you know that test positive for this virus. These individuals may be students, parents, staff, administrators, community members, or others that you know. I would ask that if this happens we considered empathy for these individuals. I can’t imagine what a person and/or family will go through if there is a positive case. We, as a society, need to come together in a positive way and help those in need at this time.   

General Information-

AWLS has created a page on our website to share information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the District’s reaction to it. We will continue to add resources to the website as we receive them. You can access the information at: http://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

The Lucas County Health Department has a new website with information as well: https://lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/

Please remember that if you have questions about you or your children, please either contact your doctor, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at (419) 251-4000 or at (419) 291-5355, the Wood County Health Department at (419) 352-8402, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634. 

Once again, I appreciate you reading over this information. Please be safe! Thank you!

 

 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS Communication - 3/15/2020

Dear Parents-

I am hoping you found time to connect with your family this past weekend. I’m going to apologize to you right now; this communication is long, but it is required to provide you the most current information. Please understand that the District has been asked by Governor Mike DeWine to provide learning opportunities to students with the understanding they will not be in the buildings for a three week period of time. The Ohio Department of Education provided further guidance to school districts this past weekend. Many of the items described below are in response to this guidance. Please understand that we continue to seek guidance on some items that are not mentioned in this communication. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to move into these uncharted waters!

Student Personal Items, Medications, and Curriculum Materials

Each school building sent out an email in regards to times that students and/or parents can pick up a student’s personal items, medications, curriculum materials, etc. 

School Calendar and Attendance

Student learning opportunities will take place in the District from Wednesday, March 18th through Wednesday, April 1st. Thursday, April 2nd, and Friday, April 3rd will be calamity days for the students. Monday April 6th through Friday, April 10th will be spring break and this will not be changed for many reasons. At this time, we expect students to return to the buildings on Monday, April 13th. The Ohio Department of Education has shared that all students will be considered in attendance when the District is providing learning opportunities during this time. 

Please know that the Governor DeWine has shared that parents and school districts should prepare for the possibility that school buildings could be closed beyond this three week period. 

Learning Opportunities

Governor DeWine stated on March 12th “During this extended period of closure, schools should work to provide education through alternative means.” AWLS staff members have been working on these activities to start on Wednesday, March 18th. Buildings and teachers will continue to communicate their expectations for these learning opportunities with students and parents. Please understand that, just like if they were in the buildings, some of these learning opportunities will include assignments that will be graded. Teachers will make themselves available to you through various communications during these learning opportunity days.

Food Service

The State of Ohio applied for a Federal waiver for school districts to serve school lunches and breakfast to those who qualify. The Governor announced that this waiver was approved. Once we can review the waiver, we have created a plan to provide breakfasts and lunches for those who qualify. We will contact those who qualify with this information. We are extremely thankful for the individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community that have offered to help our students in this area.

Athletic Programs

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) communicated their new requirements for athletic programs. The OHSAA shared that “A MANDATORY no-contact period is in effect for all school-sponsored sports March 17-April 5, 2020. Additionally, there will be a mandatory shut down of facilities used for the purposes of conducting athletic activities from March 17-April 5, 2020.”  The OHSAA has stated that practices can start again on April 6th and scrimmages/contests can start again April 11th. Please understand this decision may change and this timeline may be extended.

Talking with your children about the coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control has shared some general guidelines about talking with your children about the coronavirus. Please see this information below.

Remain calm and reassuring.

● Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

● Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

● Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

● Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

●  Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.

●  Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

●  Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.

●  Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.

●  Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.

(e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)

●  Get children into a handwashing habit.

○  Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

○  If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.

General Information

AWLS has created a page on our website to share information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the District’s reaction to it. We will continue to add resources to the website as we receive them. You can access the information at: http://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

The Lucas County Health Department has a new website with information as well: https://lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/

Please remember that if you have questions about you or your children, please either contact your doctor, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at (419) 251-4000 or at (419) 291-5355, the Wood County Health Department at (419) 352-8402, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634. 

Once again, I appreciate you reading over this information and working with us to provide learning opportunities to our students and to have a safe environment for students, staff, and our community. Thank you!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS Communication- Coronavirus Plan- 3/13/2020

Dear Parents,

I want to compliment you and your students in your resolve in dealing with the many changes that have been shared with you this week. The Anthony Wayne Local Schools (AWLS) understands this can be a stressful time for you and your student in dealing with the many aspects of how this virus is changing our lives in the weeks to come. We are hopeful to provide communications to you today and in the future that will help you during this time.

AWLS Schedule

We are very appreciative of the work of our staff and administrators to prepare for student learning to take place this next week. Certified staff and some classified staff will continue to work on Monday, 3/16/2020, and Tuesday, 3/17/2020, to prepare for learning opportunities that will start on Wednesday, 3/18/2020. In addition, certified staff will also participate in professional development on Tuesday as shared on the 2019-20 school calendar. 

Student learning will start on Wednesday, March 18, and will continue through Friday, April 3rd. AWLS Spring Break will still take place on April 6th through April 10th. As of today, students will return to school on Monday, April 13th. Please understand that the Governor and Ohio Health Department have stated that the closure may be extended in the future. 

Learning Opportunities

Parents and students (those age-appropriate) will receive communications about the learning opportunities for students while they are not in school from teachers and/or buildings in the coming days.  

Communication with Schools about Learning Opportunities

AWLS have created a mechanism for parents and students to communicate with building administration about learning opportunities during the next couple of weeks.  The District is encouraging parents and students to communicate with teachers about specific questions regarding online and at-home assignments, content specific questions, due dates, etc.  However, if you have a question regarding the online/at-home learning process, or other general questions regarding the next 3 weeks, the District has created the following building specific email accounts where you can pose questions if necessary.

Anthony Wayne High School
hsonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Anthony Wayne Junior High School
jhonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Fallen Timbers Middle Schools
ftonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Monclova Primary School
moonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Waterville Primary School
waonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Whitehouse Primary School
whonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

AWLS Website of Information

AWLS has created a page on our website to share information about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the District’s reaction to it. We will continue to add resources to the website as we receive them. You can access the information at: http://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

Food Service

The State of Ohio applied for a Federal waiver for school districts to serve school lunches and breakfast to those who qualify. Today, the Governor announced that this waiver was approved. Once we can review the waiver, we have created a plan to provide breakfasts and lunches in a grab-in-go system for those who qualify. We will contact those who qualify with this information. We are extremely thankful for the individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community that have offered to help our students in this area.

Student Personal Items, Medications, and Curriculum Materials

Each school building will be sending out an email in regards to times that students and/or parents can pick up a student’s personal items, medications, curriculum materials, etc. All these times will be on Monday. 

Free internet

Currently, the District is working with others on a way to provide free internet access and devices for those that may need it.  We will have more information concerning this in upcoming communications.

Junior High Student Issue

Earlier this week ,I shared that a Junior High student was in proximity of an NBA basketball player in an NBA arena last Saturday. I wanted you to know that the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department shared with me late yesterday that, after the investigation by the Michigan Health Department, the student was removed from quarantine. They shared with me that the investigation of the interaction revealed that the quarantine was not warranted for this student. The Health Department has stated they will release a statement in regards to this situation. 

We appreciate your support and for being patient as we try to maneuver these uncharted waters. Our goal is to work with you to provide our students valuable learning opportunities during this time. It is important to us to work to meet their needs; we know this will be a work in progress over the next few weeks. Seeing everyone work together to accomplish this is what makes this District and community such a great place to learn and live. Thank you and Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

AWLS Important Communication on 3/12/2020

Dear Parents and Students-

Today, we all heard the announcement from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health of a plan to close all schools in Ohio starting at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16th, for a period of three weeks. While I appreciate the timeline the Governor gave for this decision, Anthony Wayne Local Schools (AWLS) will need to slightly adjust this timeline to allow for the preparation for learning that will take place while students are not in the school buildings and to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. 

Here is the school attendance timeline for AWLS students:

Effective Friday, March 13th, and Monday, March 16th, AWLS students will not be in session. The Governor’s plan will start after school on Monday, March 16th and will last through Monday, April 6th. Since AWLS will be on Spring Break that week, students will not return to the District until Monday, April 13th. 

Here is the timeline for learning opportunities that may be on-line and/or hard copy materials:

In an effort to not have school days to “make-up” in June or July, AWLS students will receive learning opportunities starting on Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd. Staff will be in already planned professional development day activities on Tuesday, March 17th, because of the voting taking place in some of our buildings. Additional communications will be shared with parents and students in regards to these learning opportunities. This will be an evolving process and I ask for everyone’s patience.

During this time period, students will likely be asked to complete work via teacher-made packets and/or online materials.  Doing so will allow us to practice social distancing as was suggested by the Governor and the Department of Health. It is our desire to be proactive by keeping everyone healthy and safe, but at the same time continue to provide valuable educational opportunities for our students.

If your student receives individualized instruction per an individualized education plan (IEP), please know we are working to provide the best possible services for all students and are waiting for guidance from the Office for Exceptional Children.

I am very grateful for the faculty and staff who are working around the clock to ensure a continuity of teaching and learning in the coming weeks.  I appreciate your understanding and continued cooperation as we work through this process and any needed changes to our current plans. We will communicate a way for you to share issues that may arise during these out-of-school learning experiences. 

Student Materials in the Buildings

We will provide a time on Monday, March 16th, that students can have access to the building to gather personal items, medications, and/or curriculum materials in their classrooms and/or lockers. 

Spring Athletics

AWLS will seek additional guidance from State officials and the OHSAA in regards to spring athletics. We will suspend all athletic practices and scrimmages on Friday, March 13th through Sunday, March 15th, as we gather additional information. 

Penta and Private School Busing

AWLS will have buses on campus in the morning to take Penta and private school students to their schools on Friday, March 13th, and Monday, March 16th if they are in session. These students should report to the normal campus location prior to 7:25 am on both days. Students will also be transported in the afternoon from their school location back to the AWLS campus on these days.

Parents, please communicate this plan with your students. Also, there will be additional communications in the coming days in regards to the above and additional items. Finally, I want to thank the individuals in our community who are working hard to keep us safe and control the spread of this virus.  This is a time for our community to come together and I am confident in our ability to navigate through this unique situation.

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

Junior High Student Concern- 3/12/2020

AWLS Parents & Staff-

Late last night information was shared with me that a Junior High student attended an NBA game on Saturday, March 7th, and came within close proximity with a player who has tested positive for the coronavirus. This interaction was not direct contact and only lasted for a few seconds. Late last night and into the morning I talked with the student’s doctor, a parent, and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. The student and family members have shown no signs or symptoms of the coronavirus or other illnesses. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has been in communication with the family and out of precaution the student will not be attending school for a period of time.  Please remember this student and family have no symptoms based on this brief interaction with the player in the NBA basketball arena.  

Based on the above information, the health department has recommended that AWLS stay open and school continue at this time. AWLS will be open today as planned and will continue to take the precautions mentioned in previous communications. If you have questions about the coronavirus please contact the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at (419) 213-4100, the Wood County Health Department at 419-352-8402, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634. Thank you for working with the school district to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. 

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

Coronavirus update- March 11, 2020

Dear Parents-

Over the last several weeks, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been the main story on the news and social media. As we know, this has caused a significant disruption across the globe and even now in our local communities. In previous communications, I’ve shared what Anthony Wayne Local Schools (AWLS) are doing and asked for your help in taking precautionary steps to keep students and staff safe at school. I thank all of you for working with us on this issue.

AWLS continues to monitor this situation and work with local and State officials to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and our community. As a part of this monitoring, I had the opportunity to listen to two press conferences yesterday from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Director Eric Zgodzinski. During their press conferences, they shared a series of recommendations related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I have shared the main recommendations below related to PreK-12 education and the path for AWLS has decided to take due to these recommendations. The goal of these recommendations is to minimize the spread of this virus throughout our communities and the State. Here were the four main recommendations shared yesterday:

  • PreK-12 schools are recommended to continue to operate under their normal school day. 

  • College and Universities go to on-line learning for a period of time determined by the institution. Thus, AWLS College Credit Plus students would need to follow the guidance of their institution.

  • The recommendations are that large indoor events be canceled, rescheduled, or attendance restrictions be put in place at this time until further notice throughout the State. The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department considers attendance of approximately 100 or more a large scale event. Outdoor events can still take place.

  • The Governor recommended that parents, teachers, and administrators prepare for a long term closure of school. 

Please know that I met this morning with the area superintendents to discuss the Governor’s and local health departments recommendations related to K-12 educational institutions. We all understand that these recommendations, and the decisions made based on these recommendations, may affect communities and businesses in and outside of our school district. In addition, we all understand that we need to keep the safety of our students, staff, and communities in the forefront of our decisions based on this issue. 

Obviously, none of us want this virus, the flu, or other common illnesses to spread to our family or communities. The precautions we have shared are still in and will be in effect in the immediate future as this virus hopefully runs its course this season. Based on the precautions shared, the recommendations of the Governor, the Ohio Department of Health, and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, and in consultation with area school districts, the following decisions have been made in an attempt to minimize the spread of this virus throughout our community, Northwest Ohio, and the State. These decisions are in alignment with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and local, State, and Federal agencies. We are taking the following proactive steps in an effort to protect the safety of students and staff:

AWLS Events

Based on the recommendations, all AWLS and non-AWLS events with attendance of 100 or more scheduled inside our facilities will be canceled until further notice. Buildings will communicate with you the events that will be canceled as we move forward. We hope to reschedule these events at a later date. We appreciate your patience as we all know this is a fluid situation and these recommendations are subject to change. 

In addition, please understand that cleaning supplies are in short supply for families, businesses, and schools. If you have been to the store in the last couple of days you understand this statement. If we reduce the after school events, then we can preserve our current cleaning supplies to ensure the safety of the students and staff. 

AWLS Spring Athletics

Based on the recommendations, and since they are outside, all spring sports activities can continue on as normal at this time. Please be aware that, based on the current recommendations, the OHSAA may make recommendations and decisions in the future for these athletic programs.

AWLS Field Trips

Based on the recommendations, AWLS is suspending all field trips until further notice. We hope to reschedule these field trips at a later date.

AWLS Visitors and Volunteers

Based on precautionary measures, we would ask that visitors and volunteers to AWLS buildings and/or activities utilize the same precautions recommended by the CDC for preventing the spread of this virus. Primarily, if you are sick, please stay home. 

AWLS will continue to have school open

Based on the recommendations, we will continue to have school until further notice. We will continue to monitor our local community and work with local, State, and Federal agencies to determine the need for a potential closure. I would ask that you consider the Governor’s recommendation to be prepared for a long-term closure on K-12 schools in the State similar to what you are seeing in the colleges and universities. AWLS continues to review all options in the event of a long-term closure to provide educational opportunities to students. 

Building Cleaning

Each year we take precautionary measures during the cold and flu season. We maintain an enhanced daily cleaning and sanitizing regimen at all of our schools. Further, AWLS encourages frequent hand washing for students and staff and continues to advise those who are ill to remain home. 

 

As this situation continues to evolve, please understand that all of the above items are subject to change. The goal is to slow the spread of this virus throughout the State and our local communities. If we work together now, we can help protect those individuals who are most susceptible to this virus while protecting our students, staff, and community. If you have questions about the coronavirus please contact the Ohio Department of Health call center at 1- 833-427-5634 or the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department at (419) 213-4100. I appreciate your understanding, resolve, and continual support during this challenging time. 

Thank you,


Jim Fritz

Superintendent

AWLS Message - March 10, 2020

Good afternoon Parents and Staff-

I wanted to share a quick message with you in regards to two separate press conferences that were held late today. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Toledo-Lucas County Health Department Director Eric Zgodzinski held press conferences and shared a series of recommendations related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Anthony Wayne Local Schools are reviewing these recommendations and will have a communication response that we will share tomorrow with all of you. We ask for your patience as we review these recommendations and seek clarifying information. 

I will share that Governor DeWine did state that Kindergarten through grade 12 schools should remain open at this time unless there is a recommendation from the local or State health department to close. While there will be a variety of opinions on this recommendation, please know that we continue to work to have a safe and clean environment for students and staff. We appreciate all of your work to inform our students of safety precautions they can take to prevent the spread of germs or viruses. 

Once again, we will review the remaining recommendations and communicate out a response tomorrow. Thank you!

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

What you should know about COVID-19

Additional Resources

Important links and phone numbers

 

 

  800-232-4636

 

Free Breakfast & Lunch for Kids  Click HERE for details.

 

    833-427-5634

 

    419-213-4100

 

  419-352-8402