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2021/2020 Communications

Warrior Families,

We are excited to welcome our students and families back to school for the 2021-2022 school year tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17th!  As we have communicated throughout the summer we will continue to take precautions and monitor the data for the impact of COVID19 in our school community.  We would like to remind families of the important role they play in mitigating the spread of COVID19 and the new Delta variant.

Important Reminders

COVID 19 will continue to have an impact on our school community and on all of our daily lives.  Our number one goal is to have all students in school face to face the entire school year.  We also, like many of you, would like to see as little disruption to academics and everyday life as possible.  This can only be accomplished if we are “In This Together” and have an open line of communication and transparent reporting practices.  As you do your part of that team approach, please remember the following:

  • If you have a COVID19 situation in your household currently please make sure you have communicated that to your child's building principal.  

  • Please monitor your students health and do not send them to school if they are sick.

    • We will not be sending a text reminder everyday as we did last year, but it is imperative that families check their students for illness on a daily basis. 

  • If you suspect a case of COVID in your household please contact your healthcare provider and isolate family members until COVID is ruled out. If a child reports to school with COVID, other students will most likely end up being quarantined.

  • If you have a positive case in your house please contact Karen Garrett  to report the case, so we can confirm the required isolation and quarantine dates and provide remote instruction directions. garrettk@goshenlocalschools.org

  • We ask that as a community we practice social distancing, good hygiene and proper disinfection strategies at home as well as on campus.

We will continue to update the COVID dashboard on our website on a daily/weekly basis.  As a reminder here are the guidelines we will be following as we are presented with COVID19 events in our school community.

Close Contact/ Quarantine Guidelines 

  • Quarantine requirements for individuals identified as close contacts   

    • No Mask Must Quarantine- if the individual was not masked at the time of exposure they must quarantine 

    • No Vaccine Must Quarantine- if the individual is not vaccinated they must quarantine.

  • Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine based on CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines.

Positive Case Isolation and Close Contact Quarantine Lengths

  • Positive Individuals- 

    • Isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and until they are symptom free. 

  • Close Contacts- 

    • 10 day Quarantine- No action/testing taken by close contact person = 10 days from the last exposure with the positive case and symptom free

    • 7 day Quarantine- Negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) from a sample collected on day five or later after last exposure AND stay at home for at least seven days after last exposure.

We once again thank you for your continued support and patience as we begin another school under less than normal circumstances.  We appreciate your flexibility as situations dictate changes.  We will continue to monitor COVID19 data in Goshen Township, Clermont County, and in our school community, while communicating proactively with our community to the best of our ability.  We hope your children are excited to back and are ready to #WarriorUp during the 21/22 school year. 

Sincerely

Darrell Edwards

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
 

We are excited to welcome our students and families back to school for the 2021-2022 school year. Our first day of school is August 17th and we are looking forward to a great school year!  


Important Reminders

  • Please check our Welcome Back To School Page for important information including important dates, Open House information, supply lists, and bus route information.  
  • Don't forget to update your child's FinalForms profile so you don't miss out on important information such as teacher assignments, class schedules, and bus stop information.

2021-2022 Safety Procedures

We are proud that our students were in session all last year, as we know the importance of being in school for in person instruction. We know our families and students have a lot of questions related to COVID protocols and procedures. Goshen Local School District administration continues to work with other local school districts, public/state health officials, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and the CDC for information on how to prepare for a safe and successful school year.  We will continue to monitor conditions and data in partnership with our local public health partners, and will update protocols as needed.  Currently Clermont County is in the moderate transmission rate.


Our first goal for the school year is to keep all students in session for in person learning. Below are anticipated protocols for the upcoming school year. If we have learned anything from last school year, the pandemic requires us to be flexible and to adapt when needed.  Our second goal is to have the most normal possible school year for our students and families.  We know there are different viewpoints on the current status of the COVID pandemic and associated safety measures.   Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we navigate the continued impact of the pandemic.


COVID Protocols

  • The Goshen Local School District will return all students to in-person learning during the 2021-2022 school year. The district Renewed Learning Plan is our plan for addressing safety, academics, and social emotional / mental health both in person and remotely, if needed.
  • Goshen Local School District will continue to work with Clermont County Health Department officials in contact tracing and communicating cases and quarantines.
  • Students and staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days from the positive test or onset of symptoms per the Ohio Department of Health requirements. 
  • Students and staff who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID will need to quarantine per the Ohio Department of Health requirements. Families will be able to request a rapid test kit from Mrs. Garrett as long as supplies last. Students will be able to complete work remotely during their quarantine period.
  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for individuals 12 years and older. Proof of vaccination will not be required of students or staff to attend school/work.
  • Staff and families should review our health assessment before coming to school each day. By staying home when you or your child are not feeling well, you will not only help protect others from COVID, but will also help stop the spread of illnesses.

Face Coverings/Masks

  • While at school, based upon the CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidance, it is strongly recommended, but not required, that students and staff wear a face covering/mask while indoors. If requirements change, we will adjust and communicate accordingly.
  • Due to a federal requirement for mass transit, students and staff must wear a mask on school buses until September 13th. If requirements change, we will adjust as well. 

Other Important Information for 2021-2022

For the safety of our staff and students, the following considerations have been made for the 2021-2022 school year. These are subject to change based on the conditions of the pandemic in our community.

  • Class sizes will continue to be reduced as much as possible to provide physical distancing.
  • Daily disinfection and enhanced cleaning will continue.
  • Volunteers are permitted with the approval of principals.
  • Field trips will resume but parents have the option to opt out.
  • Assemblies will occur but utilize smaller groups, distancing with ventilation, or be held outdoors when possible.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to practice personal good health hygiene, including covering their cough, washing their hands and staying home when sick.
  • Increased ventilation will continue including:
    • Leaving classroom doors open as feasible to improve air circulation and reduce door handle touches
    • A Bipolar Needlepoint Ionization air purification system was installed during the 20/21 school year and will continue to run in all four buildings to reduce airborne viruses.
  • Currently families and community members will once again be able to attend small and large events, including performances and athletic games.  Visitors to certain events during the day will be limited.
  • School meals will continue to be provided free of charge to all students thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch it’s extremely important to fill out the free/reduced meal application to continue to receive discounted services, like waiving school fees and Pandemic EBT cards.
    • Free and Reduced Applications are now available online,  More information will be coming.
    • If you are new to the district, you will need to fill out the new Application form for the fee waiver and any potential Pandemic EBT payments.
    • For returning students you will need to fill out the new 

Ohio-SSO-Optional-Household-Income-Form.


Thank you for your continued support and patience as another school year starts and we implement safety procedures.  We appreciate your flexibility as situations dictate changes.  We will continue to communicate proactively to the best of our ability.  We are excited to see everyone back for another incredible school year.


Sincerely

Darrell Edwards