Current Status: In-person Instruction Full-time
Here are the answers to a few questions we frequently get about COVID and our current teaching model:
1. How do we as a district decide on changing our model?
We look at the following:
- number of positive cases with staff and students
- number of quarantined staff and students
- number of absences with staff (this will most likely determine closing first)
- number of students or staff quarantined due to a positive case (Is it spreading in the family or the building?)
- recommendations from KPH
- Governor order
- KPH order
2. At what point would we move to a Hybrid?
We do not anticipate moving into a Hybrid schedule. We think that we would move straight into the Distance Learning model. However, coming back, depending on the situation, we may go Distance-Hybrid-Traditional.
Active Fredericktown Schools Cases:
Last Updated 12/4/2020 - 4:00 PM
Current Active Cases: students or staff who have received a positive test result and are quarantined.
December 4, 2020 Parent Notification - 1:00 PM
December 2, 2020 Parent Notification - 11:00 AM
November 24, 2020 Parent Notification - 11:00 AM
November 23, 2020 Parent Notification - 1:00 PM
November 22, 2020 Parent Notification - 7:00 PM
November 17, 2020 Parent Notification - 4:00 PM
November 16, 2020 Parent Notification - 11:00 AM
November 13, 2020 Parent Notification - 3:30 PM
November 11, 2020 Parent Notification - 10:30 AM
November 8, 2020 Parent Notification - 5:30 PM
November 6, 2020 Parent Notification - 4:30 PM
November 6, 2020 Parent Notification - 1:45 PM
November 4, 2020 Parent Notification
Although the Governor has moved Knox County to RED, because of such low instances of COVID-19 in our buildings, I believe we can safely continue with our full-time in-person instruction at this time. We will continue to monitor cases 24/7 and do what is best for the health and safety of our students.
The majority of the staff and students that are currently quarantined will be returning to school on various days next week.
Currently, we are awaiting 3 staff results and 5 students results.
Please continue to wear face coverings properly, social distance, and wash your hands.
- Dr. Susan Hayward, Superintendent
Fredericktown Local Schools
Thank you for your patience as we go through the process of having COVID cases in our district. As of today we currently have 5 positive cases with staff and 3 positive cases with students (please see the COVID-19 dashboard on our district website for updates). We have approximately 25 students quarantined.
Notifications of Student and Staff COVID-19
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, an email will go out to all staff and parents notifying them that a student/staff member has tested positive. The district or health department will contact-trace the individual who tested positive and notify staff or parents by phone if their colleague or a student has been in close contact with the positive individual and needs to be quarantined.
Quarantined staff or students do not need to be tested unless they develop symptoms of COVID-19. If a quarantined student develops symptoms and is tested, please notify Mrs. Sheriff, Mr. Garee, and Mr. Caputo.
What Determines Quarantine?
Example 1: If a student tests positive and a second student was wearing a face covering properly and sitting 3 feet away, as long as they were BOTH wearing face coverings properly, the second student is NOT quarantined (2 barriers with facemasks).
Example 2: If a student tests positive and a second student was sitting 6 feet away while they were eating lunch, the second student is NOT quarantined (six feet away).
Example 3: If a student tests positive and a second student was sitting 3 feet away while they were eating lunch together for 15 or more minutes, the second student IS quarantined (more than 15 cumulative minutes without face coverings and within six feet).
Example 4: If a student tests positive and a second student was talking to them after school for 15 minutes, and they were not wearing face coverings and within six feet, they ARE quarantined (no face coverings for 15 minutes and within six feet of each other).
We will use the following chart from KPH to determine when to send students home.
As numbers increase in Ohio and Knox County, please revisit our Return to School Plan. In the event Knox County turns RED or we have an outbreak in our district with students and/or staff, I will be using our Return to School Plan, along with consultation with the Knox Public Health Department, to determine if we go Hybrid or stay in session five days a week. Please remember, we will not automatically go Hybrid if we turn RED, it will be dependent on several factors.
Student Illness Protocols: Please email the following three staff members if your child will not be in school due to the COVID. This includes a positive diagnosis, quarantine, or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
● firstname.lastname@example.org - School Nurse
● email@example.com - Elementary Principal
● firstname.lastname@example.org - MS/HS Principal
Notifications of Student and Staff COVID-19 Diagnosis: If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, an email will go out to all parents notifying them that a student or staff member has tested positive. We will contact-trace the individual who tested positive and notify parents by phone if their student has been in close contact with the positive individual and needs to be quarantined. Quarantined students do not need to be tested unless they develop symptoms of COVID-19. If a quarantined student develops symptoms and is tested, please notify Mrs. Sheriff, Mr. Garee, and Mr. Caputo.
Hybrid Model: Scarlet/Gray Groups: All students were notified of which group they are in at the beginning of the school year. If it looks like we will be moving to a hybrid learning model, the elementary school, middle school, and high school will hand out this information to students again. If you have forgotten which group your child is in and would like to know at this time, please email email@example.com for 6-12 students or firstname.lastname@example.org for K-5 students.
Hygiene: Please make sure your child(ren) continues to follow district protocols of face coverings, social distancing, and hand sanitizing. We can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community by doing the following:
● Stay home if you are feeling ill
● Wash your hands frequently
● Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose in public places
● Avoid large gatherings
● Perform symptom checks before sending your student to school each day
Knox Public Health: COVID-19
Ohio Department of Health: COVID-19 Homepage