July 14, 2020
IMPORTANT: If your child attends the Gallia County Local Schools, it is imperative that you click the following link to complete a survey that will help us plan for fall instruction: https://forms.gle/9HtoS1zLLazeegMi9
Dear Gallia County Local Family,
It is important that our school family understand that the Gallia County Local Schools is taking all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of staff and students during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Along with planning, we are attempting to provide educational materials and training that will hopefully discourage activities that may contribute to the spread of coronavirus. Additionally, we are committed to providing options for families in order to meet educational and special needs of our students. Most importantly, we are committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our community. The governor’s latest COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools can be found at https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/media/news-and-media/covid19-update-07022020), PK program guidance can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Reset-and-Restart/Early-Learning-and-School-Readiness#Early%20Childhood%20Education%20Grants, and the Ohio Department of Education’s Re-set/Re-start guide can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Reset-and-Restart. Now that this direction has been given, we feel that we can proceed with our planning. In order to be successful, it is important for school personnel and parents/caregivers to work together during this time to find ways to continue to serve and educate all students.
At this time, there are huge challenges, on many different levels, due to so many unknown factors. Last spring, we were forced into remote learning with little notice. It is our desire to be more prepared for remote learning, if necessary, for this school year. We can achieve this with your help and support.
As of August 31, 2020, students will be returning to school. It is our intention, at this time, to return five days per week. However, it is necessary to understand that the district may have to fluctuate between a five-day schedule, a 2/2 split schedule, and a remote schedule that will be predominately based upon the current COVID-19 situation in our county. Each of these schedules, along with other important information, can be reviewed in the Gallia County Local Schools’ reopening plan that will be published on Thursday, July 16 at https://gallialocal.org. This plan includes an online option for K-12 students in the instance that a parent/caregiver does not feel comfortable sending his or her child back to the building at this time. It also, lists potential modes of building operation (Code Green, Code Yellow, and Code Red). As we go into the new school year, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the three modes of operation and understand that the mode could change at a moment’s notice, as guidance regarding COVID-19 seems to change that quickly.
All public school districts in Gallia County have worked together to develop some common guidelines. In addition, the Gallia County Local School district has outlined some additional details that should be helpful in regard to district and school procedures and precautions. The state guidelines for schools highlight the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, appropriate use of face coverings, etc. and the importance of staying home when symptoms are present. In addition, the state has developed a new Ohio Public Health Advisory System for Ohio counties. Each week, the state will report the status of all 88 counties. Additional information about this advisory system is available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home.
Throughout this unsettling time, our district is committed to transparent communications in regard to risks that may exist when students and staff occupy school facilities. We will refine our plan, as the situation changes with protocols and local health conditions. Although there is no way of knowing what might happen in the future, we pledge to be vigilant in our response to protect the community in which we serve.
Thank you, in advance, for our efforts and your support!
Yours in Education,
Gallia County Local Schools