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NWLSD 2020 Fall Reopening Plan

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE


July 14, 2020 

 

CINCINNATI, OH - As we approach our fall 2020-2021 reopening, NWLSD is putting the proper plans and protocols in place to not only keep our staff and students safe, but to also provide an educational experience that will further our efforts to prepare our students to be future leaders. 2020 FALL REOPENING PLAN VISUAL

As we develop and establish our plan, we are keeping the well-being and safety of our staff and students at the forefront of our thoughts. We understand that our staff, students and their families have various health needs and concerns. We have been careful to listen to the feedback that we have received from our community and our stakeholders. As we planned, we sent out multiple surveys to understand the needs of our staff and students. Based on your feedback, we have decided to offer two options for parents to choose from for the upcoming year. Students will have the opportunity to return to school full-time for five (5) days a week in the fall or have the opportunity to engage in our virtual Remote Learning Academy, which will give students access to a structured online curriculum with educational support from our NWLSD teachers who have been trained to teach online instruction. 

 


SIGNING UP FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING OR REMOTE LEARNING ACADEMY

Families MUST select their preference online no later than July 30, 2020 using REGISTRATION GATEWAY

Registration Gateway is the preferred method, however families can submit a Letter of Intent. (Click link to download and print) NWLSD LETTER OF INTENT FORM. PARA ESPAÑOL, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ Blank forms are available outside of the Enrollment Center (3310 Compton Rd.) as well for those who are not able to print. 

 

 

Returning K-12 Students and Newly Enrolled Students: 

SIGN-IN INFORMATION: REGISTRATION GATEWAY 

Username: 6 digit student ID number (this is also the lunch number) 

Password: Date of birth (mmddyyyy)

 

Newly enrolled students can also use the link, but must first contact their school buildings for their new student ID number.

 

*Students enrolling in Pre-K do not need to use Registration Gateway to select their preference. Parents will need to fill out the letter of intent and email the completed form to [email protected] or drop it off in the drop box outside of the enrollment center.  


****Students who have not enrolled will need to schedule an appointment to be enrolled before using Registration Gateway. Please visit this link to get started enrolling your child: NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT****

 

Parents are required to make a selection by July 30. 

2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR 

NWLSD is taking our current health crisis very seriously. We are working with Hamilton County Public Health, Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association in order to put the proper safety protocols in place. In order to do this, we are proposing a change to our 2020-2021 school calendar. The proposed calendar will push our start date back to August 27th. This calendar has been voted on and adopted by the Board of Education

TO VIEW THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR CLICK HERE 

 

NWLSD REMOTE LEARNING ACADEMY

Parents and families that choose this option, will obtain 100% virtual instruction through our NWLSD Remote Learning Academy. This option offers a structured online curriculum with support from NWLSD teachers to students who are learning from home. Students enrolled in this program will begin school on August 27th. Those who choose this option, must complete a minimum of one semester. 

 

  • Students participating in the Remote Learning Academy will be following a rigorous, Ohio Learning Standards-aligned curriculum, but one that will be different from that which is presented in our schools in the face-to-face option. There may be differences regarding pacing and sequencing of academic content. NWLSD has selected the Accelerate Ed. curriculum and platform for our Virtual Instruction students.


  • Each child will be assigned a NWLSD teacher or team, as well, who will support the child in his or her learning, grade submitted work, and monitor the child's progress. 


  • Each student will receive a district device which should be used for completing school work and participating in virtual instruction.


  • Our remote learning plan shall include both teacher-led and self-directed learning experiences. Students will be required to log a minimum of 25 hours per week of work completion and participate in at least 2.5 hours per week of teacher-led virtual instruction.


  • Student work will be graded based on mastery of content. Regular assessments will be included as part of their courses. Teachers will provide regular feedback and will hold virtual conferences with students and families to review progress.


  • Students and families selecting this option will be required to remain in the Remote Learning Academy through at least the end of the first semester


  • Parents or guardians of students electing to participate in the Remote Learning Academy will assume the role of a "Learning Coach." CLICK HERE to access our resource for parents/guardians regarding the role of "Learning Coach".  

     

 If your child will be attending our upcoming Remote Learning Academy in the fall, you can visit this link to access the curriculum, daily activities and lesson plans CLICK HERE: 

 

 

IN-PERSON LEARNING 

Parents and families who choose this option, will return to the classroom 5 days a week to engage in in-person learning. 

Students enrolled in this program will begin school on August 27th. We believe the best way to approach our reopen is to give our staff and students time to familiarize themselves with our recent adjustments and new safety protocols and to be intentional about establishing proper social distancing.

To do this, we will bring students into the building by grade level. Between August 27 and September 1, various grade levels will phase into their buildings. All students will have fully returned to school by September 2. Students in grade levels that are waiting to phase into their buildings from August 27-September 1, will participate in remote learning.

 

 

NWLSD HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

NWLSD will continue to follow the guidance of Hamilton County Public Health, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association.


CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

All NWLSD staff are expected to contribute to our effort to maintain the cleanliness of our buildings. NWLSD will clean all buildings and facilities daily. Special attention will be given to classrooms, buses, weight rooms, bathrooms and high-touch areas routinely throughout the day.


WELLNESS CHECKS

Parents are asked to conduct student wellness checks prior to sending their child to school. Students who feel ill, have temperatures of 100°or greater, or show symptoms of COVID-19, must stay home.


HEALTH AND SAFETY 

Staff and students who show symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be sent home and may be expected to quarantine for up to 14 days. Staff will be required to have documentation from a doctor or health care provider. Based on the Hamilton County Health Department’s contact tracing process, individuals identified as close contacts of a COVID positive person may also be asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. Students will have the opportunity to complete their assignments online during this time. Staff and students MUST BE fever-free and symptom-free for 3 days, without the use of fever-reducing medication, before returning to school.


SCREENING STATIONS 

Screening station(s) will be set up in each building, separate from the health office, to assist in identifying staff and students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals who are found to exhibit symptoms will be placed within a supervised isolation area while awaiting parent/guardian pick up.


WELL TRAINED STAFF

NWLSD's staff will be trained on health protocols before the school year starts. This training will continue throughout the school year. As guidance changes, our staff will be updated on safety protocols.


FACIAL COVERINGS 

Students will be REQUIRED to wear face coverings on campus and in each school building. 

NWLSD is aware that some students in our school community are faced with health and safety challenges that will interfere with proper mask wear. Considerations for exceptions or accommodations (i.e. - face shields) will be made for special cases surrounding health and safety. Students will be permitted to remove their facial coverings throughout the day when it is determined safe to do so and when 6ft of social distancing be be accomplished. 


NWLSD staff will be REQUIRED to wear face coverings on campus and in each school building. 

NWLSD is aware that some staff in our school community are faced with health and safety challenges that will interfere with proper mask wear. Considerations for exceptions or accommodations (i.e. - face shields) will be made for special cases surrounding health and safety. Staff will be permitted to remove their facial coverings as long as they are alone in their offices and also when 6ft of social distancing can be accomplished. 


SOCIAL DISTANCING

Students will maintain maximum physical distance from peers whenever possible. In order to implement contact tracing, seating charts will be implemented in all places, including on buses, in classrooms and in cafeterias.


HAND SANITIZING STATIONS

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in every classroom, office, cafeteria, and throughout the buildings. Students will be required to wash/sanitize their hands upon entry and exit of all  classrooms, and as needed throughout the day. In addition, students will practice hand hygiene prior to and after lunch and after any trips to the restroom.


WATER BOTTLES

Students are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle to school daily. Water fountains will only be available for bottle-filling purposes.


TRANSPORTATION

  • Students will be required to wear a facial covering while riding the bus. 

  • Students will be required to sit two per seat on the bus and will be required to sit in their assigned seat.

  • Students will be required to remain seated, facing forward, while riding the bus.

  • Students will be expected to maintain appropriate social distancing while at the bus stop and while entering the building

VISITORS

In-person visits will be limited in order to maintain the health and safety of our staff and students. School officials will contact parents/guardians when in-person visits are necessary.



WHAT CAN NWLSD PARENTS DO TO HELP?

It’s important that we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and maintain health and safe learning environments for students and staff. We kindly ask that parents:

  • Practice good health habits: Eat nutritious whole foods, increase your water intake, take a daily multivitamin, exercise, manage your stress, do not allow sick visitors into your home, launder bed linen, coats, hats, backpacks as well as clean and disinfect high traffic areas of your home regularly.

  • Monitor your child’s health daily to ensure that they do not have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher. 

  • Ensure your child wears an appropriate facial covering each day, including at the bus stop as they wait for transportation to and from school.

  • Keep your child at home if they do not feel well. Do not send them to school. If your child demonstrates symptoms common to COVID-19, please contact your family doctor immediately.

  • Notify your building principal immediately if your child has been exposed to COVID-19 or if they, or any members of their households, have been diagnosed with or presumed to have COVID-19. If you have students in multiple schools, notify each principal letting them know that a student in your household has been diagnosed or may have COVID-19. 

  • Closely observe your child if they come into close contact with another person suspected to have COVID-19 or a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Please consult your family doctor with concerns.

Attachments Available To Download:
2020 NWLSD Fall Reopening Visual
2020 NWLSD Fall Reopening Visual (RTF)