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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
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 email@example.com.
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
Vaccinations for K-12 Employees in Ohio
On Tuesday, the Governor announced that K-12 employees will have access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting the week of February 1st through a local, approved provider. On Thursday, AWLS received COVID-19 vaccination paperwork from the Educational Service Center of Northwest Ohio to submit to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). This paperwork was completed and submitted to ODH on Thursday afternoon. AWLS is working to select a specific provider at this time. Once the provider and the District can agree on a format for vaccinations, we will secure dates and times for vaccination distribution. We look forward to working with all partners on this process.
The Governor and/or the Ohio Department of Health have not released a plan to provide vaccinations to students at this time. There is only one vaccine that has been approved at this time for only students 16 year or older. Health Departments have shared that there is a vaccination in a trial study for students 12 years or older at this time but we have not received a timetable on its potential approval.
AWLS COVID-19 Data
The District has placed COVID-19 on the AWLS website for your review at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus. You can find this information by scrolling down to the chart that is located half way down the page. Each Friday, the District will update the data. At the bottom of this information on the website you will see the weekly change in the student and staff numbers for each category.
Winter Weather & School
The local news channels are sharing today that they are watching a potential winter storm that may provide snow on Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning. While I hope this snow event doesn’t happen, since I would much prefer 80 degrees and sunny, we do need to be prepared that the weather conditions may lead to a cancellation or delay of school. If school is cancelled as a result of unsafe travel conditions on the roads, there will be no school on that day either in person or in a remote setting. If school is delayed two hours, we will have a normal two hour delay schedule as we’ve had in past school years. If there is a specific class schedule change related to the two hour delay that information will be shared from each building. School cancellations and delays will be communicated through SchoolMessenger.
Have a great day and Go Generals!!
I would like to thank all of you for your work and collaboration with the District in the first semester of this school year. We understand that this year hasn’t been ideal, but we know that many positive things have happened because of the work we have done together to persevere through these challenging times. We look forward to getting our students back into the classrooms during the second semester!
Changes in Ohio Department of Health Regulations
You may have heard through the news a report that Governor DeWine shared during a press conference that under certain circumstances within the school, the physical distancing recommendations changed from six feet to three feet. I wanted to share the below graphic with you that provides a visual of some of the changes that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) approved last week based on the Governor’s comments. Please understand the below guidelines were provided to us by the Lucas County Health Department.
*Thank you to Lori Williams for creating this graphic of these new changes.
Here are the new ODH regulations in regards to physical distancing and the requirements for quarantining after exposure to a positive person:
If a student/staff member is exposed to someone who is positive and is within three feet of that individual for a 15 minutes cumulative or more while at school, the exposed person would have to quarantine outside of school for up to 14 days.
If a student/staff member is exposed to someone at school who is positive and is between three to six feet for 15 minutes cumulative or more, and was wearing a mask, the exposed person will be in quarantine for up to 14 days, but would be allowed to return to school and ride the bus. The exposed person is expected to be in quarantine when he or she is not in school during the day.
The primary change made by the ODH is that a student or staff member that is exposed at school to a positive person between 3 to 6 feet still allows the person to attend school and ride the bus. Please understand that the physical distancing requirements for people to stay out of quarantine after exposure to a positive person remains six feet or more when at home, in public places, etc. Also, please know that the Lucas County Health Department has informed school districts that a student exposed to a positive person that is participating in athletics/extracurriculars and a student/staff member in the building without wearing his or her mask for some reason such as eating or drinking should quarantine outside of school for up to 14 days if the individual is exposed to a positive person within six feet for 15 minutes or more cumulative.
If you have questions about these changes, please contact Kevin Herman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lori Williams (email@example.com). If you have concerns about these changes please contact the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634.
AWLS COVID-19 Data
The District has placed COVID-19 on the AWLS website for your review at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus. You can find this information by scrolling down to the chart that is located half way down the page. Each Friday, the District will update the data. With this information available at all times, I will not be sending you data updates each week.
If you would like to review Lucas County data, the health department shares this information through their website at https://lucascountyhealth.com/coronavirusupdates/
Northern Lakes League Athletic Conference
There were media reports earlier this week that many athletic conferences in Northwest Ohio may have member school districts leaving and going to other area athletic conferences or starting new ones. The Anthony Wayne Local Schools are committed to stay in the Northern Lakes League (NLL) with our current member school districts and understand there may need to be changes made to our current league. In an effort to provide competitive balance, the NLL will look to expand into two divisions that will be based on the student enrollment in each school. This possibility of expansion will look to add teams into each division to provide a competitive balance and strengthen the league for the future. The process to review this possibility will take place over the next several months. If the league does change, the changes will not take place until after the 2021-22 school year.
2021: Let’s make it an AWesome year!
There are many things to be thankful for as we start this new calendar year. As a school district, we continue to strive to find a balance between providing a safe environment for students and staff, the COVID-19 virus, and the need for students to be in the classrooms learning with their peers. There are many opinions on this topic that have been and continue to be expressed to school districts across this Nation. As we move into this new calendar year, I’m hopeful that we can continue to work together, respect each other's opinions, and know that we all have the same focus in mind- How can we provide the high quality education opportunities to our students in a safe environment for students and staff. All of us here at AWLS look forward to working with you in this new year!
Have an AWesome day and long weekend! Go Generals!!
Dr. Jim Fritz
Happy New Year!
The Anthony Wayne Local Schools looks forward to working with our parents and students to provide positive experiences in a safe environment this next calendar year! Over the Winter break, the Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of health shared the results of their COVID-19 study, as a result of the study made changes to the quarantine requirements, and provided some information on upcoming vaccinations for District employees. I will share information on these items below. Also, I will share the current AWLS data, reasons for changing the school schedule for the second semester, and the specific school schedule for each building for the start of the second semester.
K-12 Hybrid Schedule Next Week (January 11th-14th)
As you are planning next week, please remember that we start back to the Hybrid Learning Schedule. Due to the fact that Friday, January 15th, is a Work Day, Our Group A (Last Names A-L) students will come to school on Monday, January 11th, and Tuesday, January 12th. Our Group B (Last Names M-Z) students will attend school on Wednesday, January 13th, and Thursday, January 14th.
Ohio Schools COVID-19 Study
You may have heard Governor DeWine reference a school study done with the Ohio State University last week in his press conference. The data behind this study is a big reason he is encouraging schools to return to in person instruction in the coming weeks. Data seen through this research parallels what has been found to be true in other states as well. Preliminary results found no major difference in the risk of contracting COVID-19 between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) in the classroom and those who were farther away. Those within close contact only had a positivity rate of 2.9% while the control group, who were pulled from a different classroom had a positivity rate of 3.6%. (Thank you to Lori Williams for help in contributing to share this information to you). The results of this study are encouraging and helpful in future planning in our District as one factor in the decision making process.
Current AWLS Data (1/6/2021)
10 Staff in quarantine/Isolation which represents 2.21%
5 Staff are positive at this time which represents 0.85%
47 Students in quarantine/Isolation which represents 1.08%
29 of the 47 students in quarantine are from the high school
12 Students are positive at this time which represents 0.28%
7 of the 12 students that are positive are at the high school
Expected Changes to Quarantine Requirements within Schools
Please know that what I’m sharing in this part of the communication is subject to change pending the Ohio Department of Health releasing the final documentation. Over the Winter break, the Governor shared the study mentioned above and the changes to quarantine requirements within schools. Based on the study and review of COVID-19 data within schools, the Governor shared that students and staff wearing a mask that are three feet or more away from a positive person will not be required to quarantine. Currently, the distance is six feet or more. This new change only applies to students and staff during the school day. This change does not apply to athletic, extracurricular activities, or exposure to a positive person off of school property.
Based on the information above, the following school schedule will be used per the indicated grade levels. We are hopeful that all students will be able to attend in-person every day at some point in the second semester. Please understand that all the school schedules are subject to change on many COVID-19 factors that include AWLS COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines, available staff based on positive cases and quarantines, and the level of possible transmission within the school buildings. In addition, the District continues to follow COVID-19 safety protocols that have been implemented since the beginning of the school year. When students are attending school in the all-in format there will be times that students are within 6 feet of physical distancing.
Grades pre-kindergarten through grades four (Monclova Primary, Waterville Primary, and Whitehouse Primary) will attend a remote learning day on Monday and all students will be attending school Tuesday through Friday all day. The goal of the District is to transition to five days a week as soon as possible.
Grade five through six (Fallen Timbers Middle School) will use the hybrid schedule with the goal to have them transition to a schedule where they will attend a remote learning day on Monday and all students will be attending school Tuesday through Friday all day as soon as possible. For students in the hybrid schedule, the District continues to seek improvements with instruction while students are at home.
Grades seven through twelve (AW High School and Junior High) will use the hybrid schedule at the start of the second semester. We are hopeful that the COVID-19 data in these two buildings will allow a low level of risk of transmission of the virus that will allow students to return to additional in-person experiences in this 3rd quarter. For students in the hybrid schedule, the District continues to seek improvements with instruction while students are at home.
AW On-line Academy
Students will have the option at the start of the second semester to return from the AW On-line Academy to the learning experience in the school. Also, students that are not currently attending the AW On-line academy are eligible to transition to this remote learning experience for the second semester. If you are interested in having your student attend the on-line academy for the second semester and were not in the on-line academy in the first semester please fill out this form at https://forms.gle/DaZdjhzqSmz4ef39A. The deadline to make this transition is Thursday, January 11th.
All of us at AWLS wish you an AWesome second semester. We look forward to working with parents, students, and our community as we continue to overcome COVID-19 when educating our students. Once again, happy new year!
Happy New Year!
I wanted to provide you with a quick update as we start the 2021!
Back in December the District communicated with parents and staff that the school schedule will be virtual this next week (January 4th through 8th) and hybrid the week of January 11th through January 14th. On Friday, January 15th, with the conclusion of the 1st semester, there is a scheduled teacher work day. Thus, students will not attend school on the 15th and on Monday the 18th as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.
As we start the second semester of school, I am hopeful for many things. I am hopeful that we can return all students to school everyday, that staff and students can be safe, and the AWLS community can come together to provide positive experiences for students, staff, parents, community members, and employees of the school district. The District is hopeful to have a decision on the school schedule for the start of the second semester by early this week. The District has meetings with the Lucas County Health Department and with District administrators early this week. I will send you an email communication this week with the information on the school schedule for the second semester and information on changes to quarantine and physical distance recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health.
From all of us to all of you- Happy New Year! We hope your new year is filled with positive experiences! Go Generals!!
What you should know about COVID-19
Important links and phone numbers
Public Health Orders:
Director's Order Requiring the Use of Facial Coverings in Child Education Settings - issued July 23, 2020
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