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Mariemont City Schools RESTART

Latest RESTART Update (see below for all RESTART updates)

November 5, 2020

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we operate school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your feedback in last week’s parent survey about our handling of the pandemic is reassuring and much appreciated.
 
Results from all the COVID-19 questions on the parent survey can be accessed here.

The Mariemont City School District will remain in Tier 1 through at least Monday, November 23rd unless the need arises to make a shift sooner.
 
As is stated in our RESTART plan, we use guidance from local health officials in making the decision on which Tier to implement in our schools, and this guidance has recently shifted as the science of COVID-19 continues to evolve.
 
In the summer months and early weeks of the school year, health official guidance advised schools to use community data and community epidemiology as the priority metric for making operating decisions, mostly because school COVID-19 data was not yet available. However, now that school has been in session for an extended period of time and health officials are seeing no evidence that increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases are the result of children being in school, this guidance has changed.
 
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s latest guidance for schools shifts the priority metric for making operating decisions to school-specific COVID-19 data. In particular, (1) the number of student and staff cases with evidence of in-school transmission; (2) the number of student and staff quarantines as a result of in-school contact; and (3) adherence to behavior risk management protocols and procedures (The Bundle).
 
Additionally, Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman has said that, with the lack of spread in schools we have seen thus far throughout the county, schools continue to be one of the safest, most well-controlled environments for our children.
 
We have been fortunate to have a minimal number of COVID-19 cases in our schools, and there is no evidence of in-school transmission. Quarantine numbers for students and staff have also not been significant to date. Our students and staff are doing an excellent job following health safety protocols and practices.
 
The school district maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard with positive case and quarantine data that can be accessed on the RESTART webpage.
 
Our next planned RESTART update is scheduled for Monday, November 23.

Second Semester Online Warriors Intent Form
 
With the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year over and the second quarter underway, we are beginning to plan staffing models for second semester to accommodate both in-person learning and our Online Warriors program. If your child(ren) is currently attending school in person and plans to stay in person during the second semester, you do not need to complete the intent form.
 
If your child(ren) is currently an Online Warrior or if your child(ren) is currently in person and plans to switch to online second semester, we are asking you to share your intent to assist us in our planning. This intent is not a commitment from you but, it will be helpful in our planning. Please complete this short form for each of your children by Friday November 6th
 
Registration for second semester Online Warriors will begin in mid-November with a deadline of December 7th so that we can be ready by January 14th, the end of the second semester. More information will be shared in a few weeks. 
 
Thank you for your continued support this school year!


Information about what to expect in Tier 1 can be found by clicking the links below and visiting the school district’s RESTART webpage at: www.mariemontschools.org/restart
 

PLEASE REMEMBER:
 
  • it is very important that parents/guardians inform the school district if your child is quarantined because of close contact with someone COVID-19 positive;
  • we need to know if your child has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results;
  • we also need to know if your child tests positive for COVID-19;
  • if your child is tested for COVID-19, please do not send them to school until you receive results back and they are negative.
 
Information about who and how to contact us is on our RESTART webpage under the “RESTART WHAT IF” link.

Mariemont City Schools RESTART FAQs

Will the school district’s RESTART Plan change?
Possibly. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very fluid situation. We may need to modify our plan as we navigate the virus and its impact on school district operations and as health guidelines evolve and change. The district’s RESTART webpage is the best place to go for the latest draft of the RESTART plan and other news, information and updates.
 
Is there an option for families who are not comfortable sending their child(ren) back to the school building to start the 2020-2021 school year?
Yes. The district is offering “Online Warriors,” a virtual option for students who choose not to or are unable to return to the school building.  More information about this option is available on page 17 in the district’s RESTART plan.
 
Why do students have to commit to an entire semester of participation in the Online Warriors program?
Class sections and assignments, teacher schedules and staffing will be developed based on the number of students who we know will be participating in in-person instruction and the number of students who we know will be participating in Online Warriors. In order to do this as efficiently and safely as possible, we need to have consistent participation in both settings for a full semester.  
 
Additionally, different curriculum materials and activities compatible with online learning will often be used in Online Warriors making a transition back to the regular classroom during the semester difficult. 
 
Will the Online Warriors option be available during the 2nd semester of the school year?
Yes.  More information will be available in mid-November.
 
Can students in Online Warriors participate in extracurricular activities and athletics?
Yes. Students in Online Warriors are eligible to participate in school district extracurricular activities and athletics. 
 
Why are only grades K-2 students coming to school every day and not all elementary grades when in Tier 2?
In order to get 6 feet of social distancing as is required in Tier 2, there is not enough space nor staff to bring all elementary students into the building at the same time. 
 
Using nearly every space available in the elementary buildings and every staff member (including instructional aides, specials teachers and other support staff), we can only accommodate all grades K-2 students and half of grades 3-6 students on a daily basis while in Tier 2.
 
Because our youngest learners struggle the most with remote learning and need the most support at home to participate, it makes the most sense to have them in the buildings daily for instruction and support. 
 
Does my student have to wear the masks provided by the school district?
No. A student can provide his/her own mask as long as it adheres to the school district’s policy on face coverings. The mask must fully cover the mouth, nose and chin and fit snugly against the side of the nose, side of the face and cover the chin so that there are no gaps. The mask must be held secure through either a tie, elastic, etc. to prevent slipping.
 
Can my student wear a face shield instead of a face mask? 
No. Per CDC guidelines, a face shield is not as effective as a face mask in preventing droplets from spreading from person to person. 
 
Will students ever be able to remove their masks during the school day?
Yes. Teachers will provide students with periodic mask breaks when it is possible to do so safely with a minimum of 6 feet social distancing. Students will also be permitted to remove masks while eating lunch.
 
Will there be exemptions to the face mask requirement for students?
Exemptions may be made for students who have medically documented reasons for not being able to wear a face mask. Prior to an exemption being made, a Face Protection Exemption form and Authorization to Disclose Health Information must be filed with the school district.  More information about face mask exemptions can be found on the district’s RESTART webpage.
 
How will I know if my child has been exposed to COVID-19 at school and/or needs to quarantine?
In collaboration with the Hamilton County Department of Health, district health staff will contact trace students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at school. If your child has been exposed, you will be notified by a school district employee.   More information about quarantine procedures is available on page 10 of the RESTART Plan.
 
What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Notify the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander, Brent Wise, immediately, at bwise@mariemontschools.org or by phone at 513272-7500. You can find more information about when to contact Mr. Wise on page 8 of the district’s RESTART Plan. 
 
What should I do if my child is required to quarantine because of COVID-19 exposure outside of school?
Notify the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander, Brent Wise, immediately, at bwise@mariemontschools.org or by phone at 513272-7500. You can find more information about when to contact Mr. Wise on page 8 of the district’s RESTART Plan. 
 
Will my child be able to participate in school remotely if he/she is unable to be at school because he/she is quarantined?
Yes.   Students can ZOOM into their regular classroom/classes during quarantine. More information about this can be found on page 17 of the RESTART plan. Elementary students will follow a remote schedule specific to their teacher. These schedules will be available on the district’s RESTART webpage.  Junior high and high school students will follow their normal daily bell schedule.
 
Are the school buildings’ HVAC units equipped to handle possible COVID-19 exposure?
Mariemont City Schools has switched from a MERV-8 to a MERV-13 HVAC filtering system. These filters are denser and catch smaller particles, like the Coronavirus. We also will adjust the outside dampers to maximize the circulation of outdoor air.
 
Who should I contact with questions and concerns related to COVID-19 in the Mariemont City School District?
Your first point of contact should always be your child’s building principal.
 
Brent Wise is the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander and can also be contacted with any issues related to the pandemic and its impact on our schools.
 
You will also find a RESTART Questions & Concerns submission form on this webpage to ask questions, provide feedback, etc.


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RESTART Questions & Concerns

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