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Reset & Restart - Reopening Plan

School Year 2020-21:  


ANNOUNCEMENTS:

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 11, 2020

FROM EHOVE SUPERINTENDENT CHRIS MCCULLY

This announcement is to let you know an EHOVE student and staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently under quarantine. We have continued to work closely with Erie County Health Department to complete contact tracing. Everyone at EHOVE who has been in close proximity with the individual has already been contacted.

Here’s what we are going to do each time there is a new positive case:

  • We will call individuals who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive.
  • We will send an email to all parents and guardians of high school students.
  • We will continue to update the statistics on the District Data form on our website to ensure that we are reporting accurate numbers to our community.

You can find EHOVE’s COVID-19 data in the Campus Update section at EHOVE.net. Please ensure that your email address is always up to date in our system so you receive these important messages.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, families and staff. EHOVE will continue to require masks and social distancing, perform enhanced deep cleaning procedures, and have plenty of sanitizing supplies available for all staff and students. It is imperative that we all perform daily checks for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. A guide on symptoms and when to stay home from school is also available on our website.

Thank you for your understanding as we experience these unprecedented times together. Additionally, thank you to our staff and students who are doing the right thing at school to keep EHOVE open. Please make sure we are doing what we can at home to ensure we are keeping our school open also.

Although constant change is difficult, I believe we can get through this by working together. Let’s continue to support each other so we can come out of this together and enjoy our students’ success.

We’re EHOVE, so I know we can do it.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 30, 2020

FROM EHOVE Principal Erika Beckman

As a reminder, starting on Monday, November 2, we will be back on campus five days a week for all students. Health and safety will continue to be our top priority. It is imperative that we all continue to be diligent in performing daily checks for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. Everyone will continue to wear a mask and will keep distanced as much as possible.

Our staff has worked hard these past two weeks to move several teachers to larger classrooms in order to keep students separated as much as possible. EHOVE is fortunate to have a large gathering space called The Center. We have transformed The Center into a second cafeteria. Students will be socially distanced while in lunch, which is most important because this is when they do not wear a mask. We will continue to provide hand sanitizer and expect students to sanitize their work space in each classroom.

I want you to know that we are doing everything we can to provide the tools to keep all staff and students safe.

Being in school five days per week is important for learning, but for us to stay in school five days per week, it is going to take a commitment from everyone. So students - mask up, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick. We can do this, EHOVE!

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

UPDATE: October 15, 2020

FROM EHOVE SUPERINTENDENT CHRIS MCCULLY

High school classes at EHOVE will return to the traditional schedule of five days a week for all students on November 2. That means all high school students will be learning on campus every day.

Our top priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students, families and staff. EHOVE will continue to require masks. With a larger population of students on campus, we will use social distancing as much as possible, but please understand that we will not be able to maintain 6 feet of space between all students throughout the entire school day. Enhanced deep cleaning procedures will continue to be performed daily.

It is imperative that we all continue to be diligent in performing daily checks for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. A guide on symptoms and when to stay home from school is also available on our website under Campus Update.

If you are a parent/guardian who believes their student should be on remote learning instead of on campus, contact the High School Office no later than Friday, October 23rd.

On behalf of EHOVE, we do appreciate your understanding as we continue to work through the ‘20-’21 school year. By no means do I believe this will be the final message or phone call you will receive from me regarding changes to this year’s school schedule or calendar. We will all need to continue demonstrating patience and flexibility while keeping the focus on learning and safety of our school community. 

When needed, EHOVE will be ready to transition back to a blended learning model, or even full remote. We will continue to work with the local health department and we will continue to communicate with you every step of the way. Thank you again for your flexibility and support.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 5, 2020

FROM EHOVE SUPERINTENDENT CHRIS MCCULLY

Dear EHOVE Family:  An EHOVE student/staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently under quarantine. We are notifying our entire EHOVE community because we feel it is our responsibility to keep you informed.

Due to federal privacy laws, we are not permitted to provide the name of the individual. We are collaborating with Erie County Health Department to complete contact tracing by identifying students or staff who may need to quarantine for 14 days. Only those who have been in close contact with the individual will be contacted.

COMMUNICATIONS:

  • As this is the first positive case in our EHOVE community, we are sending this notification to every student, parent and staff member.
  • Each week from this point forward, we will post a public notice that will include weekly statistics of positive cases.
  • If any students or staff members test positive in the future, only individuals who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive will be notified.

HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES:

  • Staff and students are required to wear masks while on campus, use appropriate social distancing and perform hand hygiene.
  • Custodial staff are performing enhanced deep cleaning of campus on a daily basis.
  • All classrooms have been stocked with sanitizing wipes, sanitizing spray, paper towels, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and nitrile gloves. After an individual leaves a desk/workstation, they sanitize the area with the supplies.
  • When we are notified of a potential or confirmed case, the rooms the person recently occupied are immediately disinfected and sanitized utilizing an electrostatic disinfecting sprayer. All chemicals used at EHOVE are on the EPA approved list for COVID-19 and are nontoxic.
  • Within the next two weeks, an ionization air purification system will be installed. This new tool for our campus kills pathogens such as COVID-19 and influenza as well as many types of mold, bacteria and viruses.
  • We have additional health & safety measures in place that address managing student foot traffic, campus visitors, health issues and more. For the full list, see the Reset & Restart Plan.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students, families and staff. It is imperative that we all perform daily checks for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. EHOVE's guide (see page 8 at this link) handy as you check for symptoms and what to do if you have them.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. Let’s continue to support each other as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

UPDATE: september 4, 2020

From EHOVE Superintendent chris mccully

Today, I received official notification from the Erie County Health Department that EHOVE will stay in the blended learning format after next week. That means our current schedule and setup will remain the same, instead of switching to full remote learning.

Additionally, I need to say thank you to every staff member and student for making the opening of this school year a success. Your hard work paid off. 

Again as I have previously stated, my hope is that we will be operating with 100% of our students at 5 days per week in the near future, but we will have to continue working together to reduce any outbreaks on our EHOVE's campus. Until then, let’s keep working hard. And let’s continue working together.

Make sure to take some time to rest and have fun over this Labor Day weekend! Thank you!


Update:  AUGUST 6, 2020

On August 4, we announced reopening plans (see below) for the high school using a blended learning model of in-person and remote learning. 

Yesterday, the Erie County Health Department announced its recommendation that all schools reopen using remote learning only with the ability to meet with our students in person for the first two weeks of school.

EHOVE is ready for these changes. Our reopening plan was established to handle everything from full remote learning to full in-person learning, and, of course, the blended learning model that includes both. We anticipate the situation changing repeatedly, and our plan allows us to adapt as it happens.

As of now, students will begin on a blended learning start August 31 for the first two weeks of school and will move to remote learning starting September 14. Packets with a detailed schedule for your student will be mailed next week.

We will make announcements if the situation changes. Whether we will be doing in-person or remote learning, EHOVE will be ready, and parents and students will receive as much advance notice as possible.

We will post updates as they happen through our calling system, in the Campus Updates section on our website at www.ehove.net and through links to the plan on our social media. If you have any questions, please call the high school office at 419-499-4663.


ORIGINAL MESSAGE:  AUGUST 4, 2020

A letter from Chris M. McCully, Superintendent, and the EHOVE Board of Education

All Ohio schools closed for the remainder of the school calendar beginning on March 17, 2020 by order of the Governor and State Health Commissioner in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The future of PK-12 education in Ohio remains unclear as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times.

Continuing to keep children physically out of school could have long-term academic, social and emotional consequences. It is the belief of the EHOVE Board of Education and Superintendent that the benefits associated with reopening school buildings outweigh the risks of a continued school closure.

EHOVE Career Center is committed to returning to in-person instruction for the 2020-2021 school year with enhanced safety protocols in place. This could change in accordance to the status of the EHOVE community in regard to Ohio’s Public Health Advisory Alert System. This will be a fluid system as we move throughout the school year in response to the virus outbreaks and community spread within our three counties and the EHOVE school district.

We will decrease the likelihood of infection with enhanced hygiene, cleaning and safety protocols, but being in a public place has a certain level of risk that cannot be eliminated. The EHOVE Board of Education and Superintendent recognize that an in-person return to school is not free of risk, therefore we will offer families who are not able to return to school an online option for educational delivery through the EHOVE School District.

This reopening plan is intended to provide students, families, staff, and community members with a structure as we prepare for a fluid educational experience during this pandemic. This plan will provide different educational delivery options based on the outbreak of COVID19 in our community. We will continue to communicate with you as information and plans change.

We recognize this will be a flexible system during the 2020-21 school year or until a vaccine and effective treatment become readily available. We thank our students, parents, and community for working with us through this challenging time. We understand the inconvenience to daily lives and commit to providing as much stability as we possibly can through the pandemic.