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Elks Back to School Update - Jan. 12, 2021

View message that was emailed to families on Jan. 12, 2021

Centerville Schools are operating in a remote learning environment through Friday, Jan. 15 and will resume in-person instruction next Tuesday, Jan. 19. (There is no school on Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

Here is some helpful information as we prepare for the start of the second semester. Individual schools and teachers have also been sharing updates specific to their buildings, so please be sure to check your email regularly!

In-person learning option

Beginning Jan. 19, all PreK-12 students who participate in the in-person learning option will attend school all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. (Preschool and kindergarten will be AM/PM.) The middle schools and Centerville High School will continue to operate on a block schedule.

On Wednesdays, K-12 students in the district will continue to learn remotely from home on the current abbreviated schedule. (Preschool will not meet on Wednesdays.) This schedule provides time on Wednesday afternoons for teacher collaboration, independent student work time and additional cleaning in our facilities.

Transportation information

Routine bus transportation to and from school will be available beginning Jan. 19. Your child’s bus route information is available on the Home Access Center by clicking on the Registration icon once you’ve logged in. If the information on HAC is incorrect, please notify the Transportation Department by calling (937) 885-7776 or emailing a team member. Please continue to check HAC as information could change!

Updated quarantine guidelines

Centerville City Schools has updated our quarantine guidelines based on the latest guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC). These guidelines state that recent studies and pilot evaluations indicate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools may be limited with strict adherence to prevention measures, so the new guidance allows school districts to exclude less students from attending school while still fulfilling their quarantine requirements. Our goal is to keep students at school while still providing a safe environment for our students and staff.

The district will notify parents/guardians of children who have been in close contact with a positive case. A close contact is an individual who was within 6 feet of a person who is COVID positive for 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period. The Ohio Department of Health still requires school districts to quarantine individuals who have been identified as a close contact. The change in quarantine guidance now allows us to quarantine in tiers. These tiers ONLY apply to a classroom or school bus setting and do not apply during lunchtime, athletics or when masks are not worn.

Quarantine due to exposure in a classroom or bus, with masks on covering nose and mouth and a social distance between 3 to 6 feet:

  • Student will be able to continue to attend classes within the school day.
  • Student will follow quarantine guidelines outside of the school hours and should remain at home when not at school.
  • Student will NOT be able to attend any extracurricular activities, including sports.

Quarantine due to exposure in the classroom or on the bus, with or without a mask and a social distance of less than 3 feet:

  • Student will quarantine at home and follow all quarantine guidelines.

Quarantine due to exposure during lunch, athletics, extracurricular activities, activities with families/friends, etc., with or without a mask and a social distance of less than 6 feet:

  • Student will quarantine at home and follow all quarantine guidelines.

PHDMC provided this self-quarantine guidance, which includes information about the following quarantine guidelines:

  • Optimal duration quarantine: 14 days from your last exposure to the person who is COVID positive.
  • Reduced duration 1: 10 days from your last exposure to the person who is COVID positive as long as you remain symptom free.
  • Reduced duration 2: 7 days from your last exposure to the person who is COVID positive as long as you are symptom free AND have a negative COVID test with specimen collected on day 5 or 6.

More information about any quarantine timelines will be provided by your child’s school nurse.

Additional information about health and safety protocols are available in our Back to School FAQ.

Remote learning option

We will continue to offer remote learning with Centerville teachers and curriculum as an option for those families that are unable or uncomfortable returning to school buildings.

Remote learning at the K-1 and 6-12 levels will remain the same as it has been since October. We are making an adjustment to remote learning at the 2-5 level, and families that have chosen to stay fully remote have received information from the Curriculum Department, with follow-up information coming from their remote teachers. In summary, at the K-5 level, students who are participating in the remote learning option will be placed with teachers who are only teaching remote students. At the middle and high school levels, teachers will continue to facilitate both in-person and remote instruction.

Your child’s teacher or school will provide their weekly schedule. Grades K-12 will continue to follow an abbreviated schedule on Wednesdays, which will allow for independent work time, opportunities to provide targeted support and teacher collaboration. Daily attendance will be monitored.

Meal pick-up for remote learners

An email regarding meal pick-up for remote learners was sent to families last Friday. Please remember to complete the survey by tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 13). Meal pick-up will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 20. If you did not receive the email and would like to pick up school meals for your remote learner, please contact the Student Nutrition Services Department: olivia.stone@centerville.k12.oh.us

Frequently asked questions

Please review our Back to School FAQ page for additional information about the return to school, health and safety protocols, and more: www.centerville.k12.oh.us/back-to-school-2020/faq