COVID-19 Update from Yellow Springs Schools Superintendent

Fearless Thinkers

October 28, 2020

Dear Yellow Springs Families & Staff, 

I hope this communication finds you and your family well.

As of today, COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationally, in Ohio, and in Greene County. I am sure you are already keeping track of this information, which can be found here. Tomorrow’s data will reflect weekly changes in the Public Health Advisory System. As you know, Green County is currently at Level 3-Red.

The district is proceeding in a 100% virtual capacity through the end of the 2nd quarter (January 15, 2021).

As promised, we will be inviting students into the buildings on Wednesdays, beginning November 11, for one-to-one tutoring, counseling sessions, and select and limited school social activities. As we finalize our plans for this, it is very important to reiterate safety procedures. Since we have been in a virtual capacity, we have been able to limit our exposure to the virus. Our few positive cases and quarantines have ALL been non-school related.

As we work to bring students into the building in limited numbers, it is imperative that we all follow COVID-19 safety guidelines:

  • Wear a mask! This is REQUIRED. The risk of contracting the virus can be reduced significantly if consistent mask-wearing guidelines are followed.
  • Maintain a minimum of six feet of social distancing
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

You can find updated COVID-19 Back to School Guidance for Greene County Schools from Greene County Public Health here on our website.

Each Wednesday, the state issues a COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Ohio residents that have traveled to states where the COVID-19 positivity rate is very high. State guidelines recommend that Ohio residents returning from these states quarantine for 14 days. Yellow Springs Schools has been requiring employees who travel to states on the travel advisory list to quarantine.

As we move into the holidays, this will become even more important. 

While we cannot control where families travel or what they do, we believe that part of being a  responsible member of a community is to practice all safety measures during this pandemic. Therefore, we ask that families self-monitor, and if traveling to a state on Ohio’s Travel advisory list, quarantine children before sending them to our in-person activities. In the past three months, families have reached out to us to report instances of exposure or positive test results. We appreciate that communication and it is only through collaboration and open communication that we will get through this together.

Communication will come from your child’s principal regarding the schedule for in-person tutoring and other activities by the end of this week or early next week. Details will also include the safety measures being taken for students who take advantage of this in-person opportunity. Additionally, this communication will include details for students who need to take advantage of one-to-one tutoring and support virtually.

Other important information that you need to know as we move forward:

  • Report cards for the first quarter will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 6th for MMS/YSHS and Wednesday, Nov. 11th for MLS.
  • Additional Abre resources for parents and students will be posted in Abre. If you need any technical assistance or guidance, please reach out to your child’s teacher, principal, or put in a technology request. 

As a reminder, we are continuing our food delivery service to our families who utilize free and reduced lunch services. A free, walk-up brown bag lunch is also available to any student at our high school location. If your family’s economic situation has changed, please complete a free/reduced lunch application. The applications can be found by clicking here for the MLS application and here for the MMS/YSHS application.

Again, do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, staff, and community safe. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Terri L. Holden
Superintendent





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