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COVID-19 Preparedness and Response

Student and staff safety is a top priority at Fairbanks Local Schools. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced schools to be closed beginning Monday, March 16th.This closure now extends through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We will be updating this page regularly during this closure. Parents and guardians should watch email for an official announcements from the district.  

In our efforts to keep our students, staff and families informed with the latest information, please use this page as a reference for District communications regarding COVID-19 and other helpful resources.

This global health event impacts us all. It requires us to take careful precautions and to follow the advice provided by public health experts. 

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The District continues to monitor health warnings and travel advisories surrounding COVID-19. We have established a COVID-19 emergency response task force of District administrators and health professionals who have been meeting and communicating regularly to address the impacts to our District.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Health has established a Call Center, staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts to answer questions regarding COVID-19 every day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The Union County Health Department will also be issuing community updates via www.uchd.net and the Union County Health Department’s Facebook Page.

School INFORMATION

Please refer to this section for the latest information relative to school departments, events, facilities and travel. We will update our district through email, our school website, social media and app alerts of any changes in school events as soon as changes are made.

We want to provide clarity since there have been questions about campus use. Our campus is closed for student activities. There should not be gatherings of students on campus for any reason. This includes athlete-organized practices or club meetings. By practicing the measures implemented by the Governor, we hope we will be able to return to normal practices in the near future. We are operating with an abundance of caution for the duration of the extended closure. 

Access to administrative and school offices is by appointment only. Please contact Kelly Heiss at 937-349-3731 ext. 1200 or kheiss@fairbankspanthers.org or the appropriate building secretary if you need to make an appointment. School offices are closed for summer beginning June 5, 2020. 

2020-2021 Planning:

Fairbanks is currently working on plans for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year. We are gathering input from our staff, parents and community, collaborating with other school districts, and working under the guidance and recommendations of our state and local health officials.  

To date, we have solicited feedback through online surveys and community focus groups. Our next steps will be to take this feedback, along the guidance and collaboration with the aforementioned groups, and begin developing ideas and draft plans for next year. This work will occur during the month of June. 

Our planning will be divided into work groups with focus in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Well-being and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Logistics (Health, Food Services, Custodial Services, Transportation)
  • Extra and Co-Curriculars

Any parent, community member or staff member wishing to participate in these planning efforts is asked to contact Superintendent Adham Schirg at adhamschirg@fairbankspanthers.org and we will do our best to find a role for you.

Throughout the entire process we will solicit feedback as needed with the intent of sharing plans as soon as possible. We are very cognizant of the impact school planning has on families and will work to get information to school community members as quickly as possible.

Technology Supports:

Our Technology Support email is dedicated to serving our students, families, and staff during our extended closure is now open. Email support is available at techsupport@fairbankspanthers.org. You can also call our technology hotline at (937) 349-3731 ext 8000 between the hours of 8:00am - 6:00pm.

If your family or household does not have reliable internet access, Wi-Fi will be available in our parking lot behind the middle school. If you plan to come on campus, please stay near your vehicle and follow previously sent health safety guidelines. Please call our offices if you need assistance or need to make alternative arrangements. 

Grades:

Information about grading for the 2019-2020 school year has been issued to school families and teachers on Friday, April 24, 2020. Please contact your building principal, school counselor, or teacher with questions. 

Athletics:

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that school sports will be permitted to begin INDIVIDUAL SKILLS TRAINING ONLY. We will be working collaboratively with our administration, custodial team, coaches, and local health department to determine safe protocols. 

Here were the protocols shared by OHSAA and the state:

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We are excited for our coaches and athletes! We will put our protocols in place and get plans out to coaches, athletes, and families as soon as possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Health developed these Frequently Asked Questions, based on information from the Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Education, to help Ohio’s schools and districts consider local preparedness and action-planning steps necessary to carefully and effectively prepare for and respond to a Coronavirus outbreak.

Precautions and Recommendations

The District is taking a number of precautions to minimize the risk to our students, staff and families:

  • We are asking all of our families to monitor their student’s health, as well as their own. If their child is sick with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough or shortness of breath, we are recommending that parents and guardians seek medical treatment. We are also asking staff to follow these same precautions.
  • Our custodial staff is sanitizing every room in the district. Staff members are asked to contact the custodians if they need access to a sanitized room. The products we use are hospital-grade cleaners and peroxide based. Custodians will replace soap and hand sanitizers often. All buses have been disinfected  and the Food Service Department will continue to follow food safety practices and use approved disinfectants.
  • We have tailored our Continuation of Operations Plan to COVID-19 for our school closure. Students should be accessing remote learning materials through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  Any questions about assignments should be directed to the student's teacher.

We encourage all students, staff and community members to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when going out in public
Resources

K-4 Remote Learning Resources