COVID-19 Plan for the 2020-21 School Year 

Click HERE to read about the plan.

 

 

AWLS COVID-19 Data

Current Numbers as of 9/18/2020…(Based on what has been shared with the District

~No students or staff are currently positive for the virus.

~28 students and 4 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

Communicate with Building Principals about Learning Opportunities

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

Coronavirus Resources for Anthony Wayne Families

Students, their families, the community, nation, and even the world  are all being greatly impacted by COVID-19. It has caused them to change their daily routines and lives in ways that they never expected. It is in unprecedented times like these, that cause anxiety and fear within individuals. In order to help deal with this situation and feelings a person may be having, the Anthony Wayne Local Schools school guidance counselors have developed this page of resources to share ideas that others have found helpful when dealing with different situations associated with COVID -19. Please check the site often because new information will be shared frequently in order to deal with this ever revolving situation. 

Also, if you feel that your child or you would like to talk to someone concerning the feelings your child is experiencing, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor. You and your family are wished health and happiness during this difficult and trying time.

Please Click HERE for Coronavirus Resources

School Closure

Graduation Ceremony Statement

  Graduation Ceremony Info. from Ohio Department of Education

 Click HERE for a pdf of the  ODE Graduation Ceremony Statement

Work Permits During the School Closure

How can students go about obtaining a work permit under Ohio’s Minor Labor Laws if schools are closed?

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, if a minor has all necessary paperwork completed and is unable to get the permit processed due to school closure, the completed paperwork may itself stand in the place of the physically printed permit. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.

As a reminder, hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 are still in place for any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday (i.e., spring break) and the prohibited/hazardous occupation restrictions are still active. 

To download a copy of the Parent or Guardian Consent Form for Minor Work Permit, click here .

For questions, call the Division of Industrial Compliance's Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration at 614-644-2239 or email webmaster@wagehour.com.state.oh.us.

Extended Closure of School Buildings

The attached order from the Ohio Department of Health extends the closure of school buildings through the end of June.  All academic and extracurricular activities are not permitted in school buildings during this time.

No District facilities will be allowed to be used until further notice, however, it is unknown what this means for  activities beyond July 1st. 

Click HERE to read the order.

District Coronavirus Communications

School Calendar Change
The AWLS Board of Education adjusted the 2020-21 school calendar at the September board meeting by removing the 2-hr delay for professional development on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. With the COVID-19 disruption to this school year, we believe another disruption at this time was not beneficial to students and the staff. Thus, students attending school on the day will report at their normal times.

Enrollment 
At the start of every school year, the District analyzes student enrollment numbers. You can view the enrollment report that was provided to the Board of Education members at the September board meeting. The District believes that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the overall enrollment decreased by over 100 students who opened enrolled to other area schools or decided to be homeschooled at this time. You can view the enrollment report HERE:

COVID-19 numbers this week
The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County:


Lucas County stayed orange this week in the State's Alert System.
 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:
 

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 9/18/2020…

No students or staff are currently positive for the virus.
28 students and 4 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

Please know that students and staff are currently being placed into self-quarantine by the Lucas County Health Department based on having two or more symptoms that are on the below COVID-19 list but also are common symptoms of illnesses this time of year. Thus, the common cold, allergies, and other common illnesses this time of year may result in being placed into self-quarantine by the health department. 

Thank you, 
Jim Fritz

Superintendent

AWLS Parents & Staff-

Remembering 9/11

Nineteen years ago today. Many of us have memories of this day. This summer I had the opportunity to read the book The Day the World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by author Jim Defede. The book shares the story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, stopped everything they were doing the morning of 9/11 to help 38 passenger airplanes full of people who were diverted to their airport. The people of Gander took these approximately 6700 passengers in, which was almost the entire population of the town, and provided overwhelming friendship, goodwill, and hospitality. This story reminded me of the many times in our own community where individuals needed support and our community stepped up to provide them with what they needed. While we will always remember the tragic events of 9/11, we should also remember the positive and patriotic actions that happened immediately after that morning throughout our country. 

 

Ohio Department of Health New Order for Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Last Friday afternoon the Ohio Department of Health released a new order requiring K-12 school districts to notify specific individuals in regards to COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the order requires school districts to provide:

Written notification to parents or guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity with an individual (student or staff member) who is positive for COVID-19.

Written notification to parents or guardians of students who attend a school building where there is a positive case for COVID-19.

The District will comply with this order by sending these notifications through email to the identified parents in these situations within twenty-four (24) hours of becoming aware of the positive test results. 

In addition, the order asks parents or guardians of students and school employees who have received a positive test result for COVID-19 to notify the school no later than twenty-four (24) hours after receiving a confirmed test result. Please contact AWLS COVID-19 liaisons Kevin Herman (kherman@anthonywayneschools.org) or Lori Williams (lwilliams@anthonywayneschools.org) and/or by phone at (419) 877-5377.

 

Lucas County Health Department Guidance

Each week we meet with the Lucas County Health Department for a review of the current COVID-19 data. This week we were informed that the positive rate in Lucas County has gone down from last week. In addition, they informed us that Lucas County would change from Red to Orange in the State Alert system. 

The Health Department has shared several updates that impact when students and staff are quarantined or isolated. One of the biggest changes that have been made is that individuals are now allowed to return to school or work 24 hours after he or she has received a negative COVID-19 test. Another change is that if someone in a household is showing symptoms and tests for COVID-19, other family members do not have to be in quarantine unless they themselves have symptoms or the original person receives test results that indicate he or she is COVID-19 positive. These updated guidelines provide a balance between keeping our students and staff safe while also allowing them back into the building sooner with a negative COVID test or a doctor’s alternate diagnosis. Lucas County Health Department acknowledges we are at the beginning of cold and flu season and these new guidelines help greatly on some commonly seen symptoms within the schools. 

Anthony Wayne Local Schools will now be using THIS decision flow chart to assist our families in their child’s return. If you have any questions about these new guidelines or items pertaining to COVID-19, please contact the nurse in your child’s school building.

 

COVID-19 numbers this week

The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

Information from the Governor & Lucas County Health Department:

 This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

Lucas County went from a red to an orange county in the State's Alert System. 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 9/11/2020…

No students or staff are currently positive for the virus.

34 students and 3 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

Thank you, 
 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS Parents & Staff-
 
The start of the school year
AWLS is off and running with the start of the school year. We are very excited to see students in the classrooms and involved in activities. This week the staff continue to work to develop relationships with the students, get students into routines for the in-person and remote learning, and start to dive into the content of the curriculum. This experience is new for everyone so we ask for your continued patience, grace, and flexibility as we move into the month of September.

One positive person can result in a major disruption
This week during a Lucas County Health Department meeting school districts were reminded of the procedures when a student or staff member is positive for COVID-19 while at school. I wanted to share their most recent guidance document for your review: 

https://www.lucascountyhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Lucas-County-Back-to-School-COVID-19-Guidance-9-1-20.pdf

Please stay home if you are not feeling well
School districts continue to share with parents, students, and staff to stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms related to COVID-19. Please see the below information from the Lucas County Health Department in regards to symptoms:

COVID-19 numbers this week
The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

Lucas County remains a red county in the State's Advisory System. The number of cases in Lucas County increased from last week.

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Next week, once we have the new Ohio Department of Health orders, the District will share specific data points to meet this new requirement. 

Current Numbers as of 9/4/2020…

1 student has tested positive and is currently in isolation. 

No staff are currently positive for the virus.

23 students and 1 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who is positive for the virus.

We wish everyone a relaxing and restful Labor Day weekend! Have a great day!! Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Good Morning!
 
Yesterday was the first day in over five months that students were educated in classrooms in our six school buildings. What seemed impossible became possible! The return plan that was collaboratively put together over the summer was implemented today and was a success! This success is a testament to the hard work, flexibility, patience, and grace of our administrators, directors, staff, parents, and students! Thank you for all that you do!!

COVID-19 Data
Yesterday, the Governor shared during his press conference that he will have the Ohio Department of Health issue an order that school districts publicly share COVID-19 data. The District plans to share this data with the community through our website. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 
 
Information from the Governor & Lucas County Health Department
 
This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

  • ~  Lucas County remains a red county in the State's Advisory System.
  • ~  The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:


 
AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

~  Current Numbers as of 8/27/2020…
~  2 students have tested positive and are currently in isolation (1 High School and 1 Junior High). 
~  No staff are currently positive for the virus.
~  22 students and 3 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who is positive for the virus.  

We are not aware of any spread of or exposure to the virus while participating in activities or work in the District.
None of these individuals were present at work yesterday when school started for some students.
 
Facts about contact tracing...
The District works directly with the Lucas County Health Department when we are made aware of an exposure and/or a positive case. There are times that we know before the health department and there are times where they contact us with this information. Once the District is made aware of this information, AWLS personnel begin the contact tracing of the case. Through the process they are in communication with a representative from the health department. Once the contact tracing is finished, the health department provides the required self-quarantine and/or isolation information to the District. The District will follow the health department directions for self-quarantine and/or isolation. The District then notifies the employees and/or student(s)/parent(s).
 
Thank you and Go Generals!!
 
Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS parents, students, and staff-

The start of the school year is almost here!

Over the last several months, the AWLS staff members have been dedicated to learning new approaches to teaching and learning to be better prepared to serve students no matter what type of school schedule we have during the year. Many staff also worked collaboratively this summer to develop a COVID-19 safety and learning plan that will be followed in order to provide students and staff the safest learning and working environment as possible.

All associated with Anthony Wayne Local Schools know that the start of this school year will be different from any other start before it. With that being said, I want to share the one factor that will not change and that is the District’s unwavering focus on student success during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. 

Student success= [(Academic Growth + Personal Growth) X Hope]

The District will continue to focus on the academic and personal growth of each student while working with them to develop their hope that they can be successful. 

The District understands that before we can focus on student success we must ensure that the students and staff feel safe, we need to help students develop positive relationships with staff and each other, and we must assist students to develop coping and resilience skills when dealing with the COVID-19 virus. We must also make sure that students have all the materials and technology necessary to learn both virtually and in the school building. 

It is understood that students and staff during the school year may be either in quarantine from exposure to a person that may be positive or in isolation as a result of testing positive. The number of students and staff out at one time may vary depending on the level of spread within the community. We understand that this is one of the factors that may impact our school schedule this school year. We continue to monitor several factors that are interrelated to understand the level of concern of this virus such as:

Positivity rates in our District, community, county, and State,

Availability of staff to work within our District,

Availability of PPE and safety supplies,

Ability of the health department to contact trace, and

Guidance and/or orders from local and State public health agencies and medical professionals.

At this time, the good news is that the current positivity rates have gone down in Lucas County over the past couple of weeks. While we are hopeful this trend will continue, we know the numbers can quickly change, as we have seen over the last couple of months.

We have worked on a comprehensive start of school plan. We are looking forward to having students returning to the building on Thursday and implementing this plan. We recognize and understand the importance of being flexible during this period of uncertainty as the virus continues to change our lives in so many ways. We must be patient knowing that students and families are anxious about the unknown; what they do know is that their start of the school and many of the opportunities associated with it will be different from any they have experienced in the past. Please know that as the District continues to adapt to current and new Ohio Department of Health orders and Lucas County Health Department recommendations. With all of the safety and procedural changes each day, there will be anxiety and frustration; please use grace as we continue to adapt to this new environment. 

With patience, grace, and flexibility, we can develop the hope within all of our students that they can be successful. With this hope and our work to meet their basic needs, the environment will be maximized for both academic and personal growth! We can do this together! 

Thank you and Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AW Parents and Staff:

I would like to share the following updates with you:

Athletics
The Governor shared yesterday that both contact and non-contact sports will be allowed to continue this fall season. The OHSAA did modify the football regular season making it six weeks and created a playoff schedule in which all teams automatically qualify for a first round game. All remaining sports will continue with their schedules; they may have been or may be modified as a result of COVID-19 as well. Participation in athletics is up to the parent and the player; therefore, they are the ones that need to consider the potential medical issues that may arise from participating in athletics and determine if they want to participate or not this fall season.

The experience for fans will be different during the fall sport’s season as a result of COVID-19 and the Governor’s requirements that were released on Tuesday, August 18. School district’s have heard what was shared by the Governor, but are still waiting to receive the official order from the Ohio Department of Health. Once we have the order the District will finalize plans for many items related to spectators and game procedures. There will be additional communications on these items after the District has finalized these plans.

Positive cases will happen…
Since July 4th, the State of Ohio has seen an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Due to this Lucas County has been designated for most of July and August as red according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. In the southwest section of Lucas County, there are positive cases in our community. As of July 1, there have been 10 student athletes and 6 employees that have tested positive for COVID-19 and 27 student athletes, 3 band members, and 6 employees placed in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who has tested positive. 

COVID-19 Exposure or Positive Cases
This past weekend, there was a news story about a party that involved area high school students. Some parents have shared with the District that AW students were present at the party in Sylvania where COVID-19 safety precautions were not taken by those in attendance. If students and other individuals attend this type of event and someone is COVID-19 positive, there is a significant chance that more individuals will contract the virus and the spread will increase.

So that all are informed of what happens in the case of a student being exposed or testing positive, I would like to share some procedural information based on the requirements from the Lucas County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The hyperlinks below explain the requirements that will cause students or others to self-quarantine and/ or isolate.

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/COVID_Parent_Information.pdf

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/COVID_Return_to_School.pdf

If you want students educated in the buildings, you must take action…
There is a saying “Event + Response = Outcome.” We know that we can’t control the COVID-19 Event; however,  we can control our Response to it which will affect the Outcome. If you want students being educated in the physical school buildings or to participate in extracurriculars,  you must take action! Parents and students must mask up, keep adequate physical distance, cover up when sneezing or coughing, monitor their daily health, wash their hands on a regular basis, and make sure they are utilizing adequate cleaning of their spaces they occupy. Even though there are plenty of advertisements of all of these safety items on social media, television, and radio, there are still individuals that choose to ignore them. Please positively encourage each other to follow these simple safety measures so we can have everyone back in the buildings learning and so students can participate in extracurricular activities. 

Patience, Grace, and Flexibility
This year will be different than any other year in the history of our District. Our success in this new journey will be dependent on everyone in our community and District having patience, grace, and flexibility. There will be obstacles to overcome, but I am confident that if we face these challenges together, we will accomplish great things and see much success!

Thank you,

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AWLS Parents & Staff-

I wanted to share this update with you today.

School Schedule
The Anthony Wayne Board of Education voted today that the District would be beginning the start of the 2020-2021 school year with a hybrid schedule; this means that students will receive schooling in person part of the week and will be learning from home for a part of the week. Students with the last names beginning with A-L will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and students with the last names beginning with M-Z will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. You can expect additional information this week from your child’s building principal with information concerning the start of the school year.

Through the many emails, phone calls, and personal conversations, the District realizes that many people wanted this as an option; however, others supported a virtual start to the school year or a five days in person option. At this time, we have the decision on how we will be starting the school year and must all come together to make the start as safe and successful as possible. The administration, staff, and I are committed to our students and families and will work hard with you all to accomplish this task.

Athletics
Today, I had the opportunity to meet with the Lucas County Health Department in regards to 7-12 athletics. As a result, AWLS will follow the OHSAA and Ohio Department of Health recommendations and continue with practices for contact sports and competitions/practices for non-contact sports while the health department reconsiders their recommendations.  Also, please know that the Governor is expected to address 7-12 athletics this week during a press conference. 

AW On-line Academy  
If you are interested in the AW On-line Academy, we have extended the deadline to register until noon on Thursday, August 13, 2020. You can register at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/AWOnlineAcademy

The registration will be closed on Thursday (8/13/2020) at noon.

Change in the Calendar
The 2020-21 school calendar was adjusted by the Anthony Wayne Board of Education. The change will move the start of the school year from August 20 to August 27. You can view the calendar at:

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/CALENDAR_2020_21_BD_Approved_2019_12_09.pdf

Thank you,

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Good afternoon Parents and Staff-

As you know, the Lucas County Health Department made recommendations yesterday that the schools in Lucas County begin the school year virtually and that all athletics be suspended until October. This has caused many to take to social media to share their opinions of the recommendations and how the school should respond to them. The information concerning this topic has caused a great deal of debate and controversy among individuals and groups that have different views on the Health Department’s recommendations. As a District, we hate to see people debating and having conflict with each other in our community. We are all Generals and want to work together.  The administration recognizes and appreciates individuals sharing their opinions and providing feedback; therefore, we ask that If you would like to share your views concerning the Health Department’s recommendations that you email them to: publicfeedback@anthonywayneschools.org By doing this, we can assure you that all Board members will receive them before making decisions on these matters. 

Social Media and Opinions
The District has not created and/or asked anyone to create social media accounts related to the decisions the District must make concerning the Lucas County Health Department’s recommendations from yesterday. The District has provided mechanisms for sharing your opinions with the Board of Education and the administration. The District did not create a social media platform to gather input or to share opinions on this topic. In addition, we will not be monitoring or responding to these social media accounts that have been created by others.

Rally 
The District has received concerns about a rally that is planned to take place this weekend. The rally was not created and is not organized by the District. Based on what has been shared with the District, the group plans to hold this rally on the campus property between the sidewalk and Finzel road. We believe legally, without the permission of the District, individuals can share their opinions on this part of the property similar to what happens during an election day.

Please know that these are very difficult, important decisions and we know that people are very passionate about them. The District cares about the students, staff, and community and will work to make the best decisions possible. 

Thank you, 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AWLS Parents & Staff:

All of us would be hard pressed to find an educator, school board member, parent, or student in the State of Ohio that is happy with the impact of COVID-19. Over the past few weeks, many people have passionately shared their views of what should be done in response to COVID-19. There is a large group in our community who want students back in schools full time, ask that the District ignore the recommendations from health officials, and feel that the District should not  give into those who do not want to have students in the buildings. There are many others who only want students in school part-time or not at all and ask us to not to give into those who want students in school full time. 

What I do know is that we are not divided on the idea of safely educating our students. While we may disagree on how this should happen, I know that we ALL want our students to be provided the best education possible while maintaining safety for all. As we continue to approach the start of the school year, I ask that we all please keep this in mind as decisions will be made by the District to educate our students. It is also important to know that any of the decisions made have not been made easily, but have been made based on the recommendations and data that we have received and most importantly with student safety as the top priority.

I would like to share the following information with you concerning the recommendations and orders that have been received and utilized in making the decisions we have made along with items that we are considering at this time. 

Lucas County Health Department Recommendations
Today, the Lucas County Health Department board approved the recommendation that all K-12 schools in the county should start the school year using a remote schedule through October 1. In addition, there was an additional recommendation that K-12 schools athletics be delayed through October 1. In an effort to seek further clarification on the athletic recommendations, there is a meeting scheduled for Monday with the health department. I would suspect the District will be able to share more specific information on the status of athletics after this meeting. 

The Anthony Wayne Board of Education will meet on Monday, August 10, at 8am, to consider the recommendations to start the school year using a remote schedule through October 1st. Board meetings have been virtual since April and the meeting this Monday morning will be as well. You can view this meeting live on Monday morning through this link: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/DistrictLiveStreams 

If you have items that you want the Board of Education to consider in regards to the Lucas County Health Department recommendations, please send an email to:

publicfeedback@anthonywayneschools.org

We would appreciate it if you could send these comments by 6pm on Sunday, August 9. 

Face Mask Requirements Changed by the Governor
Governor DeWine announced on Tuesday that all students will be required to wear face masks with some exceptions. The District has adjusted our AWLS COVID-19 Plan for the 2020-21 school year to meet this new requirement. You can view the District plan at: 

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/CORONA_AWLS_2020_21_School_Plan.pdf

Potential Change in Start Date For Students
You may have seen in the news that some of the area schools have moved their start date back for the 2020-21 school year. I will recommend to the AW Board of Education that the start date for students be moved from August 20 to August 27. The Board will consider this recommendation on Monday at their August meeting. 

We appreciate you patience and understanding as we all deal with COVID-19 and the start of the school year. 

Thank you,

Jim Fritz 
Superintendent

Good afternoon parents and staff,

On Tuesday, the Governor shared that many questions remain unanswered about the start of the school year. Anthony Wayne Local Schools continues to work with local and State agencies to determine answers to several questions that you, and the District, have about the start of the school year. I wanted to share this communication with you in order to help clarify and answer some of the questions that you may have at this time. 

What to expect in the 2020-21 school year

There may be many questions that can’t be answered with finality at this time; however, the one answer that is for sure is that the 2020-2021 school year will definitely not be the traditional school year that we all want for our AW students. COVID-19 has, and will continue to, cause significant disruption in our daily lives and in all school districts across the nation this school year. The Anthony Wayne administration understands that all students, parents, and staff want to be back to whatever each one of us calls “normal” in our lives. We also know that anxiety and frustration levels are at a heightened level as a result of this disruption in our lives. As we all go into this new uncharted water of a “COVID-19 school year,” please know that  Anthony Wayne Local Schools will strive to do our best to adjust to this new reality. In order to do so we have established our priorities for the school year. They are to protect the health and safety of all students and staff, work to meet the social-emotional needs of all individuals associated with the District, and strive to provide high-quality educational experiences to our students.
 
Frequently Asked Questions for 2020-21 School Year

The District understands that parents and community members have many questions concerning the 2020-2021 school year. The administration has worked hard to respond to the questions that have been received as quickly as possible. Also, a document answering many commonly asked questions has been created and placed on the AWLS website. It is called “Frequently Asked Questions for 2020-21 School Year.”  You can view this FAQ document from our website at http://www.anthonywayneschools.org/COVID-PLAN-FOR-2020-21

You will need to select the link for the FAQ underneath the AWLS COVID-19 Plan for 2020-21. This document will continue to be periodically updated as we get closer to the start of the school year. Please check it out to see if it is able to answer questions that you may have. Also, please know that individual buildings will be sending out soon information on beginning of the year items. If you have additional questions you can contact the District or building administration and/or send an email to AWPlan2020@anthonywayneschools.org 

Athletics for 2020-21

As you know, last Spring 7-12 athletics were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 concerns. As we approach the start of this next school year, there are growing concerns about the fall season. For example, there have been county health departments in the State that have called for the delay or cancelation of the fall sports season in areas where there is significant spread of COVID-19. The Lucas County Health Department, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Governor’s office continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will make recommendations on the Fall season. Based on the comments from the Governor on Tuesday, I would assume in the next couple of weeks the District will get further guidance on the Fall sports season from these State organizations.

Parent Survey Results

The purpose of the recent parent survey was to gather information on the current perceptions of parents in the District on items related to the start of the school year and COVID-19. As stated in the AWLS COVID-19 Plan for the 2020-21 School Year, the data gained from the survey was one factor of a lot of information that was utilized to determine recommendations for the plan (please see page 2). You can view some of the documents that were used to create the plan as well on page 11-12 in the “Plan Resources” section. 

Please understand this wasn’t a contest that someone or something was going to win in the survey. As we deal with the COVID-19 virus, nobody wins. All school districts across the United States want students physically in school buildings everyday. Unfortunately, in some of these districts, the spread of the virus and specific characteristics of some districts prevent this desire from happening. In our District’s plan that was shared this past Wednesday, the choice to use a hybrid model was made based on the guidance from the Lucas County Health Department and their concern of the current level of COVID-19 cases in the AW community and all of Lucas County. 

The District has provided a summary of the survey data below. 

At this time, should students go back to school in August?

83% Yes, 17% No

Are parents willing to take temperature and do a symptom screen at home? 

90% Yes, 3% No, 7% want to go virtual next year

Are parents in favor or opposed to students having temperature checks as they enter school?

94% favor, 6% opposed

What schedule do parents prefer when starting the school year?

All-in 47%, Hybrid 38%, Remote 15%

Are parents in favor or opposed to students wearing masks?

69% favor, 31% opposed

Are parents ok with the use of hand washing and hand sanitizer use during the school day?

99% Yes, 1% No

Thank You

I wanted to thank all of you at this time. 

As the superintendent, a parent, and a community member, I know that COVID-19 has caused a significant disruption to all of our lives. I understand that the start of school is typically a very exciting time filled with hope and it also brings a sense of “normalcy” back to our lives after the summer break.  The start of this school year is going to be very different due to all the uncertainties, it certainly isn’t going to be a “normal” beginning of the school year. As superintendent and as a parent, I strive to find the positives in any situation because it helps me with my resolve to persevere through difficult times. 

While the below list is not all-inclusive of my appreciation of parents, students, and staff, I do want to share these Thank You’s at this time...

I say Thank You to all of you and our students for the ability to manage and adjust to this change in our daily lives. 

I say Thank You to all of the parents and staff that have worked to prepare and adjust for this next school year. 

I say Thank You to all of the staff members who worked over the summer to complete professional development specific to helping improve educational opportunities for students in this next school year. 

I say Thank You to all of the staff members who worked on and continue to work on subcommittees in preparation for this next school year. 

I say Thank You to the many staff members who went above and beyond their contracted time and job descriptions to do what they could to help the District prepare for this school year. 

I say Thank You to all of the parents and community members who have offered support and services to parents to help them adjust to the various schedules the District may use this school year. 

I say Thank You to all of the support that parents and community members have shared with District staff as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Simply Thank You!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AWLS Parents & Staff-

I wanted to follow up with you today regarding the release of the Anthony Wayne Local Schools COVID-19 plan for the 2020-21 school year. With the release of the plan, we have received emails or communications from parents in regards to the plan. We will work to release a Frequently Asked Question document next week answering the most commonly asked questions. 

Districts across the Nation understand that the use of a hybrid or remote learning schedule is not conducive to working parents who need daycare for their students. The District wants to work with our community to find ways to help our families with this concern. The attached letter will be sent out to our community in an effort to start a conversation about potential options. We look forward to working with our parents and community to find solutions.

I hope all of you have a great day and weekend! Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

Community Letter

AWLS Parents and Staff,

Several school districts in the area have been working with the Lucas and Wood County Health Departments to create minimum common COVID-19 safety expectations for the upcoming school year. While we continue to work with the health departments to prepare for the next school year, the district’s wanted to share with their communities these general safety expectations that all districts will utilize in their plans for next year.  The document is attached to this email and can be found at the end of this communication. Please understand that each district may have unique characteristics that will require additional safety precautions and a specific student schedule. 

AWLS plans to release our Responsible ReStart Plans for the 2020-21 school year on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 22nd. We have a meeting with the Lucas County Health Department on Tuesday to seek approval of the plan. When we release the plan, we will share the schedule that we plan to start the school year with on August 20th. Please know that what we believe will be the schedule on August 20th may change as we get closer to the start of school if the COVID-19 cases continue to increase and/or orders given from our local or State Health Departments.

Yesterday, Governor DeWine announced that 60% of Ohioians live in a county that is currently in the red category on the Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level document. Lucas and Wood counties are currently in the red category. Unfortunately, this is not a surprise to me as a superintendent. In the last two weeks, seven high school athletes have reported that they are in self-quarantine due to having contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. 

It is so important that we all “Do our part” to help slow the spread of this virus. If we want to have students in the school buildings this quickly approaching school year, let’s do our part! If we want athletes, band members, or other extracurricular opportunities for our students, let’s do our part! If you want to stop the spread to our community members, let’s do our part! Let’s take the lead in our community, as Generals, and do our part! 

According to the Cleveland Clinic medical experts, “While no single personal protective equipment is 100% effective, when used together, they add layers of protection and support a culture of safety.” The primary layers of protection to provide a safe environment that should be used are hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched areas, physical distancing, temperature/symptom screening each day, masks as needed, and staying home when sick. As medical experts have shared, when we use these protective actions together, we minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Let’s do our part!

Again, the information shared is a document created to determine the minimum common COVID-19  safety expectations for Lucas and Wood County Schools. AWLS will be sharing a detailed plan specific to the District on Wednesday, July 22. Thank you for all that you do and for doing your part to keep our community safe.

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

. Safe Return to School

I wanted to share a brief update with all of you at this time.

2020-21 School Plans
I think we can all agree that we want students and staff to be safe as they return for the 2020-2021 school year. Please know that we are continuously working on our plans to educate our students while at the same time providing the safest and most positive environment possible. As I have mentioned in previous emails, there are 120 individuals serving on thirteen different committees that are focused on specific areas of the plan. In addition, with the release of the plans from the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Health this past Thursday, we are also continuing to work with the Lucas County Health Department to meet the requirements from these different agencies. It was also shared that the Ohio Department of Education is going to release additional requirements concerning transportation within the next couple of days and the Center for Disease Control is expected to share updated guidelines for schools in the next couple of days. Thus, we are working diligently to take all these recommendations and guidelines and develop a plan that will allow students and staff to return safely.

We will be sending out two surveys to parents to gather input and information from you on the start of the school year. One will be in regards to transportation and one will provide information about the potential educational options that will be offered for this coming school year. We hope to have this survey out to you by the end of this week.

We are hopeful that our plans will be released the week of July 20th. In addition, at this same time, we will release an on-line option for students whose families are not comfortable with their children returning to the school building at the start of school. Please know, as the Lucas County Health Department has shared with us, that the plan we will release will be for the start of the school year. This plan is fluid and may change as needed based on the number of COVID-19 cases in our community or Lucas County as well as other factors. 

Civility
When you look up the word civility in the dictionary you will see it defined as “civil conduct” and “a polite act or expression.” There are many examples in our society where people share opinions in a civil manner. Also, there are plenty of examples of where people share their opinions in what society in general would consider a non-civil manner. So why do I bring this discussion to your attention?

As the debate on starting back to school takes place, there are many different opinions as to what should or should not be included in a return plan; many are for additional precautions while others are against many aspects of a plan. We are seeing this in school districts across the country. Students are entitled to a free and appropriate education as outlined by law. Each person is entitled to his or her opinion on this debate. We understand that and that is why we are working to gather as much information and to hear the opinions of others on potential plans. The administration has received  “very passionate” communications from individuals with opinions on both sides of the topic. I want to share that we are always happy to listen to someone’s opinion and we do value it; however, it is important that those conversations take place in a civil manner. Because individuals feel so strongly about what should or should not happen for students to return, some of those communications have involved opinions being shared with school district employees that have included calling people names that are derogatory, yelling, screaming, and harassing. These types of communications are not productive and we will not participate in them. We believe open communication is important and are always willing to listen as long as they take place in a productive and civil manner.

We all want the best for our students and staff. The Anthony Wayne Local School District is committed to do what we feel is right for our students and staff while following required laws, guidelines, and recommendations that we are given from the many agencies that regulate our actions when educating students. 

We are hoping that you, the students, and the staff are taking time to enjoy this summer weather! Thank you and have a great day! Go Generals!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

What you should know about COVID-19

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