COVID-19 Communications

Video update of below message. 

 

Happy Tuesday Warrior Families!

 

As we progress throughout the year, there are various topics that will arise from time to time as we learn and grow during the COVID 19 pandemic. 

 

We would like to address one of those today and that is having a backup plan.   In the past week, several school districts have had to implement their Remote Learning Plan for a day because they learned late at night of a positive COVID test of a student and did not have time that evening to complete the contact tracing process with the Health Department because of the late hour.  This is a possibility in all districts.  A district might have to close a classroom, grade level, or building or district for a day to work with the Clermont County Health Department in contact tracing to ensure the safety of all students.  The goal in the contact tracing process is to identify all students and staff members that could have been impacted and should be evaluated to determine if they have been exposed and whether they need to isolate.

 

Should this happen and we have to close down face to face learning for a day, we will implement the District Remote Learning Plan that we shared with you the week before school started.  Principals will be resharing that plan with you later this week so that we are prepared, just in case, and learning can continue.  We also would reshare details at the time of a one day flipping to the Remote Learning Plan again at the time of an event with you but want you to be familiar with the practice at this time as well.  Details are on our web page and can be found here:

Remote learning academic plan

As we have stated many times throughout this pandemic, things are going to change from one day to the next and we are committed to doing our best to provide our students and staff the safest environment possible in our school buildings. We appreciate the cooperation of our parents and our community as we continue to work as a team under the motto of We Are All In This Together!  

We have had several questions/concerns from affected families as we deal with our first cases of suspected COVID in our school buildings.  As of September 5, 2020 we have not had any confirmed cases. However, we have had several individuals who have been tested. Our understanding as of August 19, 2020 was if a doctor tested a student/staff member for suspected symptoms of COVID, that individual regardless of the outcome was to be isolated for 10 days.  After discussing this with the Clermont County Public Health Department we have revised our Flow Chart based on new guidance. 
 
Please understand that this is all new to us as a school district and we are attempting to use the most up to date information in order to implement our Return to Learn Plan.  The update we will be making relates to an individual who tests negative for COVID.
 

A negative COVID test result can be used as a differential diagnosis as long as the individual is not a close contact of a positive case. The individual will be allowed to return to school with documentation from the physician of the negative COVID test result and a note stating the date they can return to school/work under our typical district protocols of illness return, no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, and improving symptoms.

We urge our families to please continue to follow the practice of, if your child is experiencing COVID symptoms keep them home from school, notify the school and contact your family physician.  We will be glad to help you through the process.

As we have stated many times throughout this pandemic, things are going to change from one day to the next and we are simply doing our best to provide our students and staff the safest environment possible in our school buildings. We appreciate the cooperation of our parents and our community as we continue to tackle this under the motto of We Are All In This Together! 
 
flow chart 9-5-20
We are so excited to have our students back on campus learning and growing!!  Students are glad to be back in school, meeting new friends, and learning.  Our student-athletes are off and running with their seasons.  Kids are doing great on campus!  Thanks for your help and support for our new procedures and your child.  Follow the link to a newsletter with more details.
 
Update to Symptom Flow Chart 

We wanted to provide parents an update from the Clermont County Department of Public Health.  CCPH has revised its school quarantine guidance, so we have revised our Flow Chart.  If a student either stays home or is sent home with ONE or more of the following symptoms they will be quarantined for 10 days unless they receive a differential diagnosis.  For example, a student with a fever could be tested for strep, treated, and may return with a letter from a doctor sooner than the 10 days.

  • Fever >100.0 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Loss of taste or smell 

It is important to know this DOES NOT mean that they are COVID positive. We will send a letter to parents and staff if/when we have a positive case in one of our schools. Our school health care staff is doing an incredible job of deciphering symptoms, working with families, and communicating with CCPH. 

Flow Chart

return to learn

Hello,

Please follow the link below to a quick video update that will help parents and students become more comfortable with Goshen's return to school mask requirements.  As you know, Governor Mike Dewine has issued a mask mandate for all students and staff.  Our goal is to implement this requirement like any other obstacle we tackle with this pandemic: TOGETHER!

 

VIDEO UPDATE

 

Another helpful video from Children's Hospital

 

As a reminder, mask requirements are as follows:

Wearing a mask or face covering is required for all staff and all students in grades PK-12 during the school day and while utilizing school district transportation.

Exceptions will be made for those who suffer from documented health conditions. Medical documentation should be on file with our school nurse’s office.
 
Students will be provided face-covering breaks throughout the day. Students will be permitted to remove face coverings when they are:
  • Actively eating or drinking
  • Appropriate educational times during the day where distancing is possible
  • Engaged in any physical activity (PE class, sports activities, recess)
  • Outdoor classroom opportunities

 

Starting school in-person on August 24 is dependent upon many factors, and we urge all of our families to continue to follow health and safety guidelines - wear a mask, practice physical distancing, frequently wash hands, and do daily health checks of themselves and their students.  

 

Sincerely,

Darrell Edwards

Superintendent Goshen Local Schools 

Dear GLSD Parents and Students,

We hope you are all doing well. The end of the school year is near, which means, we now have to have a plan to close out the school year.  Many end of the year rituals will look a little different, but we will WarriorUp and tackle them as a school community.   We have worked to design a plan for families to safely pick up and drop off items that may have been left at one or more of our buildings as the physical school year ended abruptly. 

 

There is no perfect system, but please know that our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community. Therefore, no students nor parents will be permitted in the building during this time. 

 

Each principal will be communicating a building-specific plan on Friday, May 8. All plans will follow a drive-thru system that allows parents to drive up to each building and retrieve articles that may have been left in student lockers, desks, or cubbies. All articles will be put in a sealed bag and labeled with the child’s name. Families will also pick up Spring pictures, yearbooks, etc, at this time. 

In addition to picking up items, we are asking families to plan to return the following items:  

 
  • Completed remote learning school work
  • Library Books
  • Text Books
  • Loaned Chrome Books and chargers
 
Here is the district-wide schedule all buildings will be following in order to keep the number of individuals on campus to a minimum.
 
Friday, May 22- 
  • Students with last names A-G  
  • 9:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 3:00PM
 
Tuesday, May 26-
  • Students with last names H-M  
  • 9:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 3:00PM
***Evening hours will be held on Tuesday, May 26 for all students from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM.
 
Wednesday, May 27
  • Students with last names N-Z
  • 9:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 3:00PM
 
Once again we would like to thank our entire school community for their flexibility and cooperation during this unprecedented time in all of our lives. Our community is a model for working through tough times together, We Are In This Together! Go Warriors!
 
 

Hello, Warrior Families.


As expected Governor Dewine made the decision to close PK-12 schools for the remainder 2019-2020 academic year and allow us to finish the year via remote learning model.  Although we have been anticipating this decision, it does bring up a lot of questions we are sure our families and students will have.  


Currently, we have an academic plan that takes us through May 1, 2020.  Our students, teachers, and families are doing a great job operating under a remote learning process.  We are confident that our plan can be adjusted to finish the school year and continue to provide a quality education during such unprecedented times.


Over the next several days we will communicate updates to components of our current plan that have become necessary due to the extended closure. We will provide more information relating to items such as; event cancellations, technology opportunities, food service, and remote learning instructions through the end of the school year.  Our desired outcome is that students continue to have access to relevant, meaningful learning opportunities using our existing systems.  



If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal/teacher or visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information. Thank you for your support, understanding and remembering “We Are In This Together.”  


Sincerely,

Darrell Edwards

Superintendent Goshen Local Schools

 

As you know, one of the consequences of the ongoing Coronavirus situation is that students in grades 6 through 12 will be continuing their education online over the next few weeks.


This means that students will require a device such as a computer, ipad, or even a phone to communicate with teachers, get class materials, and complete assignments.


We want to make sure that every student has a working device in order to get the best education they can during this challenging time, so we are allowing students in grades six through 12 to borrow a district-owned laptop for use at home.


First, there are some things you will need in order to make use of a district laptop at home.


The laptops available for checkout to students are Chromebooks.


Chromebooks require a Goshen Google account, managed by Goshen Local Schools, to log in and use the computer. No other Google accounts will work, and there is no other way to use these computers.


Every student has a Goshen Google account, and teachers checked that every student was able to log in to their account before we left school for Spring Break.


You will need an internet connection to use Chromebooks.  This means you need wifi in order to use the computer. Our Chromebooks will not work without internet access.


Lastly, there are some things you should know about Chromebook privacy and tracking settings.


Every website students visit, every email and message they send, and every file they make is tracked, archived, and attached to the student’s account. Students cannot delete this information, and students are expected to follow the same rules they would if they were using the devices at school.


The process for requesting access to a computer is as follows:


First, the student and the adult taking financial responsibility for the computer will complete an online form which details the rules for checking out a computer.


Next, you will receive a phone call from Goshen Local Schools verifying your request to borrow a device, and scheduling a time for pickup.

 

Devices will be picked up on campus, at which time the responsible party will sign off on information they submitted via the form and take possession of the computer and a charger.


Finally, the devices will be returned to school at the conclusion of the remote learning period or at the end of the school year.


GLSD will be communicating ways to get help throughout the remote learning period, and we will all be doing our best to ensure that our students get the best education they can during this time.


Here is the form to request use of a laptop:

Warrior Families,


By order of Governor Mike Dewine, we will take the necessary step of closing school effective Monday, March 16 - Friday, April 3, 2020.  This includes the Goshen Learning Academy. We have a plan in place that will continue the educational process. Building principals and teachers will disseminate remote learning sessions via email and paper letters which will come home with students on Friday, March 13.  


We will begin the remote learning sessions upon our return from Spring Break on Monday, March 23, 2020. 


March 16

Spring Break

March 17

Spring Break

March 18

Spring Break

March 19

Spring Break

March 20

Spring Break

March 23

Remote Learning Day

March 24

Remote Learning Day

March 25

Remote Learning Day

March 26

Remote Learning Day

March 27

Remote Learning Day

March 30

Remote Learning Day

March 31

Remote Learning Day

April 1

Remote Learning Day

April 2

Remote Learning Day

April 3

Remote Learning Day


Marr/Cook and Spaulding

All K-5 teachers will send home the first two weeks of lessons prior to spring break to be completed March 23-April 3.  

Teachers will be available 9:00-3:00 Monday-Friday to provide support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers via email if your student needs help. 

Be on the lookout for building level communications and check our COVID-19 website for more details.

Goshen Middle & Goshen High School

For GMS and GHS students, we will utilize online learning opportunities.  Teachers have communicated with students the online opportunities that will be available. The approach is similar to the classwork and homework process they use every day.   

If your child does not have access to the internet, paper copies will be made available at the school.  

Teachers will be available from 9:00-3:00, Monday-Friday to provide support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to teachers via email if your student needs help. 

Be on the lookout for building level communications and check our COVID-19 website for more details.

Food Service/Breakfast/Lunch Opportunities

Currently, we are attempting to coordinate an opportunity to provide mobile breakfast and lunch deliveries to our students during the remote learning days, starting on March 23.  The tentative plan is to meet at designated stops throughout the district and deliver bagged meals to anyone 18 and under. More information, including pickup/delivery locations, will be available soon.


Athletics/Extra-Curricular Activities

All school-sponsored teams and clubs will follow the cancellation order, this includes all athletic and academic teams and clubs.  Our buildings will also be closed to any community-based teams or organizations.


Our desired outcome is that students continue to have access to relevant, meaningful learning opportunities using our existing systems.  Given the circumstances, we feel this is the best way to deliver instruction to 3,000 students while keeping them safe from the spread of the virus.  Thank you for your support and understanding.  


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal/teacher or visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.  We will be in touch with more information about the length of the closure, food service opportunities, and remote learning instructions as we get closer to the end of Spring Break.  


Sincerely,

Darrell Edwards

Superintendent Goshen Local Schools

 
Goshen Local Schools will be OPEN tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
 
By order of Governor Mike DeWine, we will be closing school effective Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3, 2020. This will include the Goshen Learning Academy.
 
Next week, March 16 through March 22, will be Spring Break, as scheduled. No student work is expected during this time.
 
Following Spring Break, students will be expected to complete work as assigned by their teachers.  Students will receive more information on this work tomorrow, Friday, March 13. It is critical that all students attend school on Friday!
 
Goshen Local Schools has a plan in place that will ensure our students continue to receive the best education we can provide during this very unusual time.
 
We will continue to communicate throughout this process, making sure that you have all of the information you need. If you have questions, please contact your child's school.

 

Goshen Local Schools has decided to cancel and reschedule the Third Grade Recorder Concert and 4th Grade Entrepreneur Day per Governor Mike DeWine’s mass gathering recommendations that large, indoor gatherings are canceled or postponed due to the potential for COVID-19 spread.  Both the Clermont County Public Health Department and the Governor have recommended schools remain open but events with a large number of outside visitors raise a potential risk.  


Schools will remain open on Friday, March 13 and after-school clubs and athletic practices, will still be held as scheduled until further notice.  Just as a reminder, we will be closed for Spring Break, March 16-22.

Dear Goshen Local Schools Families,

The health, safety, and well-being of our Goshen Local Schools students and staff are a top priority. Our school district continues to follow the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clermont County Health Department in our response to the new of the coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Goshen Local Schools or Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health recommends precautions used for reducing the risk of infection for other illnesses, such as flu:        

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.  If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and to avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system. 

Hand washing
Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the most effective way to prevent illness. Our schools are reminding students to wash their hands anytime they have used the restroom, and prior to lunch. These are always good habits, and critical to the containment of the disease. Custodial staff will keep soap fully stocked in bathrooms to support these efforts.

Staff will also reinforce good hygiene and remind students to not touch their face, nose, or mouth, sneeze into a tissue or elbow, and reduce physical hand contact (high fives, fist bumps, etc.).  

How can families and partners help?

If regular hand washing isn’t possible, the next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or sanitizer wipes, with at least 60% alcohol. Currently, the district has supplies for schools, but families and partners can help by providing:

  • Hand sanitizer or alcohol-based sanitizer wipes to school offices (at least 60% alcohol, dye-free, and fragrance-free)
  • Tissues   

You can bring donations to your school’s main office. 

School, Bus, and Common Area Cleaning

Custodial staff are increasing the frequency of cleaning common and high traffic areas each day. In a normal situation, these areas would be cleaned once a day. Prioritized cleaning includes bathrooms, the lunchroom, common spaces, door handles, emergency bars on doors, etc. This means that ongoing maintenance will be deprioritized temporarily. Busses are also receiving additional cleaning. All efforts will be made to keep students healthy and safe.

More information on the coronavirus disease can be found on the CDC website.

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