UPDATE: January 25, 2021:
We want to share with you our SMF learning plan as we move forward. After reviewing the number of positive cases and quarantines in our district buildings, the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation, and the K-12 Exposure and Quarantine, it has been decided that all of our K-4 buildings will move to a 5 day per week in-person schedule.
Maroon students in grades K-4 will begin their 5 day/week in-person schedule on February 1, 2021. In preparation, we have made all necessary changes to classrooms including furniture, seating, etc. We will continue to maintain all current sanitation processes in place and will monitor all active positive and quarantine cases on our COVID-19 dashboard on our district website daily.
As a school district, we must adapt to ensure that the continued development of students is accompanied by protections for the overall health and well-being of students, teachers, and staff in our communities.
Notification procedures for all students & adults in K-12 schools who meet the definition of “close contact” with someone confirmed positive with COVID-19 will continue to be notified of their exposure based on normal public health and school policies.
NEW QUARANTINE PROCEDURES
Effective February 1, 2021 a new policy will be implemented based on our work with the ODH and SCPH as it relates to quarantine cases in our classrooms. This guidance is supported by recent studies and pilot evaluations which indicate that the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools may be limited with strict adherence to prevention measures in a monitored environment.
Students in grades K-4 may continue to attend in-person school if the following conditions are met:
• The school has documented COVID-19 prevention policies, including universal mask wearing, social distancing, hand-washing, identification and management of students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols.
• The exposure occurred within a classroom environment or while on required school transport (e.g., school bus).
• The student with COVID-19 and any associated contacts were wearing face masks that covered their nose and mouth at all times.
o If meals were consumed, a distance of at least 6 feet between students must have been maintained.
• Social distancing was maintained.
o The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines acceptable distancing as a minimum of 6 feet. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics, desks should be placed ideally 6 feet apart and at a minimum 3 feet apart for elementary students. This may be considered for school quarantine considerations
• If transmission in the school has been identified, quarantine should be implemented for students and staff identified as close contacts. Schools should then work with their local health department to assess policies and procedures.
The above guidelines only apply to classroom settings. Students should not attend in-person school if they are exposed to COVID-19 outside the classroom, including during sports and other extracurricular activities, regardless of masking.
Close contacts who continue to attend in-person K-12 school should be advised to follow normal protocols for quarantine when outside the K-12 classroom environment, including staying home and, if possible, staying away from people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. During this quarantine period, students may not participate in extracurricular activities outside of a classroom environment, such as sports practices or games.
They should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure. Any contact who develops symptoms should be isolated away from other students and adults and evaluated for COVID-19.
You can view the entire Board of Education Meeting presentation here: https://www.smfschools.org/userfiles/4/my%20files/board%20presentation%201_25_2021.pdf?id=976
We continue to ask you to keep your student(s) home if they are exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
We require our students and staff to follow all quarantine orders given by Summit County Public Health and keep your student(s) out of school for the entire duration of the order. *Please keep in mind that per Summit County Public Health, a negative test does not allow anyone on quarantine to return any earlier to our buildings.
Following these measures closely will help us continue to provide the safest environment for your student(s) and our staff.
Again, we appreciate your support and assistance in all matters relating to the safety of our students and schools.
Thank you and stay safe!
UPDATE: January 6, 2021-
As of Monday, January 11, 2021 the Stow Munroe Falls High School and Kimpton Middle School buildings will resume their hybrid schedule for all Maroon Plan students. The elementary buildings PK-6 will continue on the hybrid model as well.
Please keep in mind that this hybrid model will continue to be subject to change based on community numbers, areas of hot spots, staff absences/coverages, transportation, and other parameters, etc.
In the case of a district-wide change, students and their families will be notified at the district level via email blast and/or phone call. If there is a change at the specific building or grade level, these notifications will come directly from the building principals.
The district will do their best to notify families of these decisions no later than Thursday of each week and they will be communicated via email as well as the district and building websites.