District Update from Dr. Wagner
Dear Fairview Families: 

Thank you for your flexibility earlier this week as many of our staff members received and recovered from the various side effects of their second vaccine on Monday and Tuesday. We are grateful for your understanding and support.
State Testing
Although state testing was waived last spring due to the pandemic, state testing will occur this Spring.  According to state guidelines around this testing, all Remote Learning Option (RLO) program students will be required to come into school to take the exams.  (There is no online format provided and these tests are required by the state for all students.)

See the weekly building email updates for more details or speak to your child's school counselor if you have questions. 

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers will also be speaking to their classes regarding being physically in buildings for their tests as well. 

NEW Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in a K-12 School Setting
With sustained COVID-19 transmission continuing across our state, schools and public health systems must adapt to ensure that the continued development of students is accompanied by protections for the overall health and well-being of students, teachers, and staff in our communities. 

The below guidance can be used to address COVID-19 exposures in K-12 in-person learning environments. This guidance is informed by recent studies and pilot evaluations, including the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation, which indicate that the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools may be limited with strict adherence to prevention measures in a monitored environment. 

Students and adults possibly exposed to COVID-19 in K-12 schools may continue to attend in-person school, if the following conditions are met: 

• The school has documented COVID-19 prevention policies, including universal mask wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, identification and management of students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols. (We have all of these in place at FPCS.)

• The exposure occurred within a classroom environment or while on required school transport (e.g., school bus). 

• The person with COVID-19 and any associated contacts were wearing face masks that covered their nose and mouth at all times.  If meals were consumed, a distance of at least 6 feet between students must have been maintained. 

• Social distancing was maintained.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines acceptable distancing as a minimum of 6 feet. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, desks should be placed ideally 6 feet apart and at a minimum 3 feet apart. This may be considered for school quarantine considerations.

• They remain symptom free. 

The above guidelines only apply to exposures occurring in classroom settings. Students should not attend in-person school or participate in organized sports or extracurriculars if their COVID-19 exposure occurred somewhere other than the classroom. 

Anyone who is not required to quarantine due to exposure occurring in a classroom setting under the school-based exposure guidance is permitted to participate in organized sports activities and extracurricular activities as long as they remain symptom-free and follow applicable guidance. 

Anyone who is a close contact possibly exposed in the classroom should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure. Any contact who develops symptoms should be isolated away from other students and adults and evaluated for COVID-19. Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) may be recommended in coordination with the local health department, school, healthcare provider, or parents or guardians. 

Close contacts who continue to attend in-person K-12 school and/or to participate in activities should also follow normal protocols for quarantine when they are not in the K-12 classroom or participating in activities. This includes staying home and, if possible, staying away from people who are at higher risk severe illness from COVID-19. 

For more information, visit: coronavirus.ohio.gov 

To minimize the risk of introduction of COVID-19 into the classroom setting, students and their parents or guardians should be advised to restrict their activities outside of the classroom, including gatherings with individuals outside of their household and activities where face masks cannot be safely or effectively worn. 

Updated March 16, 2021. 

For additional information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov
For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). 

Stay safe, everyone!

Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent
Fairview Park City Schools