District Update from Dr. Wagner
Dear Fairview Families,

Welcome back! It’s been a great first three days of school here in Fairview Park! Our teachers and staff have been connecting with students and making sure they are set up for success during remote learning. Thank you to everyone who has been going above and beyond for our students. We appreciate your patience as we work out the details of beginning our school year in this mode. We know it’s not easy for anyone, but we will get through this together with patience and perseverance. 

On the Governor’s press briefing today, it was shared that the Ohio Public Health Advisory System for this week shows Cuyahoga County remaining in Level 2 (Orange) for another week. This level is described as “Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution.” The more granular data comes from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health on Friday afternoons. We are monitoring this data very closely and are in weekly communication with the CCBH (every Friday morning). We truly want the kids back in school as much as you do. It’s the best place for them to learn and we know being in remote mode is often a difficult challenge for many of our families.  

Here’s the game plan:  If the viral spread continues to decrease over the next two weeks, we will look to return students to in-person attendance (hybrid mode) starting the week of September 28th. As we get closer to that date, we will provide plenty of information on moving into hybrid mode. However, if the numbers begin to climb again in either of the next two weeks, we will remain in remote mode and continue to monitor. There was a huge spike after Independence Day and there has been predicted a similar spike from the Labor Day weekend. If that is true, we should see the impact within the next two weeks. If not, the numbers should continue to drop and we will attempt to safely return students to the buildings. Fingers crossed!

As we included in our back-to-school newsletter sent out over the weekend, in an effort to make remote learning a little easier for you, we are developing a "Learning Launchpad" within the Student Resource Center of our website. Check it out and you will be able to access information for any grade and any teacher/class you need. 

Remember: if at any time you have any questions please reach out to your child’s school or teacher. If you have any questions about receiving communications, email us. If your student needs help with their school-owned device, email Fairview Tech Support. 

Please read below for some important updates and information. 

Information about Issue 72: Critical District Operating Levy on November 3rd

Visit the 2020 Levy Information page of our district website for more information on the upcoming operating levy.

Save the dates for September 30 and October 14. At 7 p.m. both evenings, we will host an important community presentation via Zoom on the need for the levy this year. We hope you'll tune in.

COVID Reporting and Dashboard 

The Ohio Department of Health has issued an order that requires K-12 schools to report and notify parents/guardians and local health departments when students, teachers, staff members or coaches test positive for COVID-19. The order is effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

In compliance with this order, the District will notify appropriate families and staff by email when a staff member, classmate, teammate and/or bus rider (if applicable) tests positive for COVID-19.

Additionally, each day at 4 p.m., a dashboard on the district website will be updated to reflect the most current number of active and cumulative reported COVID-19 cases among students and staff at Fairview Park City Schools. The Dashboard will also show COVID-19 cases by school building.

The order encourages parents or guardians of students and school staff who have been diagnosed, whether by laboratory test or through clinical examination, to notify their schools within 24 hours after receiving a confirmed diagnosis. This is REALLY important! 
How do I notify the school district if my student or a family member has a positive test, or a clinical examination diagnosis from my doctor? Please contact your school clinic or email your child’s school principal as soon as possible within 24 hours. Please include the student’s name, when the symptoms first appeared, the student’s grade, and/or when you received the results.

Parkview Early Education Center, Trish Moran, Principal, pmoran@fairview.k12.oh.us - Phone: (440) 356-3515
Gilles-Sweet Elementary, Matt Krivak, Principal, mkrivak@fairview.k12.oh.us Phone: (440) 356-3525

Lewis F. Mayer Middle School and Fairview High School, Chris Vicha, Principal, cvicha@fairview.k12.oh.us - Phone: (440) 356-3515

Once our district receives this information, we are then required to provide the name, address, and contact information to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. CCBH will then begin their contact tracing protocols.
How will I be notified about student and staff COVID-19 positive cases within the Fairview Park City School District? 
The directive also requires school districts to inform parents in writing about student and staff COVID-19 positive cases and to share as much information as possible without disclosing protected health information. 
You will be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 case as follows:
  • All parents notified who have students in the same school
  • Parents notified separately who have students in the same classroom
  • Parents notified separately who have students in the same extracurricular activity
  • Parents notified separately who have students on the same bus. 

If you have additional questions about COVID-19 reporting, please contact Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent at bwagner@fairview.k12.oh.us.
Thank you, and stay well.

Dr. Bill Wagner