Metro Fall 2020 Restart Guidance
The Ohio Department of Education's guidance document outlines five major components to consider and address:
- Vigilantly Assess for Symptoms
- Wash and Sanitize Hands to Prevent Spread
- Thoroughly Clean and Sanitize School Environment to limit spread in shared spaces
- Practice Social Distancing
- Implement a Face Covering Policy
Ohio has issued the Ohio Public Health Advisory System to help show the spread of the virus across the state and the exposure level.
Based on the guidance of this system, the Health Department and the Ohio Department of Education, Metro will provide both remote and blended learning opportunities relative to the level of the alert.
- Level 1 = All students onsite
- Level 2 = Blended Learning with Remote Virtual Learning Option (Cohorts A & B - two days onsite each week)
- Level 3 = All Metro students and staff will participate in remote virtual learning until it is deemed safe for students and staff to return to school. Upon the decision of a return to school, both blended and remote learning options will be offered.
- Level 4 = Metro students will participate in remote learning.
On-site Protocols for Levels 2 & 3:
To comply with guidance from the state, Metro will implement the following changes for Fall 2020:
- Reduce the number of students on campus
- Reduce the number of student transitions and mixing of groups
- Increase daily cleaning procedures
- Implement a mid-week deep clean and sanitization between cohorts
- Implement an option of full-time virtual classes
- Require face masks within the school building
Metro families will make a selection of Blended Learning or a Full-Time Virtual option and continue with that selection for the remainder of the semester.
Middle and High School students will be split into three cohorts:
Cohort A: Blended - Two in-person days for students with name between A - L (alternate of Cohort B)
(grouping is tentative)
Cohort B: Blended - Two in-person days for students with last name between M - Z (alternate of Cohort A)
(grouping is tentative)
Cohort C: Full-Time Virtual Instruction (Teachers will be equipped with Swvl’s to accommodate simultaneous teaching of face-to-face students and virtual students)
- Any staff or student with a fever over 100°F should stay home.
- Any staff or student that has the following symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and see their primary care provider to be assessed for COVID-19:
- 3 days with no fever (without using fever reducing medication)
- Other symptoms improved
- At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
Students that only have a fever and no other symptoms and have not had any contact with an individual that has COVID-19 may return to school after they are fever free for 24 hours without using any fever reducing medications.
- Students or staff displaying symptoms of illness should immediately report to the main office.
- Students or staff will be directed to relocate to the quarantine area until they are able to leave the school grounds.
- Personal protective gear will be available to those working directly with students/staff displaying symptoms.
- Parents will be called and are expected to immediately report to the school building to pick up their student.
- The quarantine area will be thoroughly sanitized.
Health and Safety Protocols:
Face Coverings: Metro will require face coverings for both students and staff.
Self-Assessment Screening for Staff and Students
We ask that a daily self-assessment be conducted to evaluate staff health and the health of your student. Each morning, the Daily Checklist below should be conducted.
- Any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
We ask that staff and students do the following self-assessment each day for symptoms and history of exposure in order to ensure that no one comes to school when ill. Parents are responsible for screening their students.
- Two of the following symptoms: fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, GI Issues (nausea and vomiting or diarrhea)
- Any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, GI Issues (nausea and vomiting or diarrhea) AND an epidemiological link to a case of COVID-19
If you answer YES to any of the symptoms, PLEASE STAY HOME and see your doctor.
Returning to Work or School:
If a student or staff member is diagnosed as having COVID-19, they must meet the following criteria to return to school:
- Any other illnesses should be handled in the routine manner according to district policies.
- To return to school, the child must be transported to school by the parent and must be checked by the main office.
Symptomatic While at Work or School:
Districts that transport to Metro are asking that parents fill out and submit bus applications. Bus protocols are being developed and will be sent out as soon as they have been solidified. Parents should be on the lookout for correspondence from their home district.
Car Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures:
Protocols will be developed for drop-off and pick-up that will limit the number of students congregating.
Addressing Potential Flare Ups:
Flare-ups will be addressed with the recommendations provided by the Ohio Department of Health. Based on their recommendation, we may need to close for thorough deep cleaning and sanitation, or even close for a period of time for quarantining.
Limiting the physical interactions of students is one way to mitigate exposure to infectious disease. We will physically distance students to the extent possible both inside and outside of the classroom.
Metro will decrease the likelihood of infection with increased hygiene, cleaning, and safety procedures, but being in a public place has a certain level of risk that cannot be eliminated.
- Classroom occupancy will be determined based on each individual space with the maximum amount of safety considerations possible.
- Face coverings are required for all students and staff.
- Teachers will be expected to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (i.e. door handles, tabletops, etc.) within their classroom/lab between use as much as possible. Students will be expected to assist with this.
- Use of shared objects (equipment, calculators, etc.) will be limited when possible, and cleaned between use by students.
- Physical distancing to the extent possible.
- Space seating/desks to allow for physical distancing.
- Assigned seating within each class to help track virus spread if a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19.
- Student desks will face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
At this time, we have not developed a plan for clubs. Further information will be provided once a plan is prepared.
Early College Students:
Students enrolled in an Early College Experience will also need to practice social distancing. As most of the college courses will be virtual, students should have limited interactions with the college campus. Students will be assigned to smaller cohorts within each of their ECE classes to limit the number of students in each class. All cleaning/disinfecting expectations will apply to ECE rooms.
Some spaces will have physical barriers installed. There will also be guides to ensure that students and staff remain 6 ft apart. This will include tape on the floor, signs on the wall and the creation of one-way routes.
Tour groups and school visitors will be limited within the school building. When someone must enter the building (lunch drop off, board meeting, etc.), temperature checks will be taken and face coverings will be required.
Each student will be equipped with a piece of technology for their use during the school year.
Field trips present their own set of risks and thus will be suspended for the fall term. This is subject to change based on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health. High School students participating in Early College Experiences may have limited field experiences where social distancing can be provided.
Food Service and Lunch Procedures:
Metro contracts out for food service. We will be meeting with our contractor to ensure that all food service and COVID protocols are being met. We are still working with our participating school districts and the federal food program to determine how students will receive meals on virtual days.
On face-to-face days, lunches will be delivered directly to students. Locations and seating for lunch are still being determined but will follow social distancing guidelines.
Custodial services are provided through Mid American Cleaners. We are working together to outline the cleaning expectations necessary due to the pandemic. Mid American will be expected to create a cleaning and sanitation plan in alignment with the CDC outlining frequency of cleaning, sanitation and products used.