Q: Where can I learn about the district's reopening plan for this school year? Does Springboro Schools plan to open on September 8 with all students attending school five days per week?
A: Springboro Schools has a Reopening Framework: Parent Guide, which details the district's current reopening plan options. Model A will be in-person, while Model B will be at-home/remote learning (Model B was an “Opt-In” Option).
Q: Will start/dismissal times (school hours) be different this school year?
A: School start times for all grade levels will remain the same as they would in any given school year. Dismissal times for grades K-5 will remain the same. Dismissal times for grades 6-12 will end one hour earlier than normal (M-F). This will mirror the district's Early Release schedule. Check your school building’s website at www.springboro.org for specific start/dismissal times at each building.
Q: Since the start of school date was moved to September 8, does this affect the end of school date? What about the rest of the calendar?
A: Yes, the end of school date for students will now be Thursday, June 3. View Revised Academic Calendar.
Q: Where does Preschool factor into planning for the reopening of school?
A: Our team is working through specific plans for preschool, along with K-12. We are still waiting on updated guidelines from the State. Currently, Preschool has a different set of considerations in the State of Ohio’s responsible plan, as preschool guidelines are established by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services (See Pre-School Update).
Q: How I can I view the current number of confirmed positive cases/quarantine data for the district?
A: The following data shows the number of confirmed, positive COVID-19 cases for both students and staff, throughout each school building, within a one-week time frame, as is required to be reported to the State of Ohio. Each week's data for the current school year is archived for view, along with the current week's data.
PLEASE NOTE: Students/Staff who are listed as quarantined are NOT considered a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case. The district is required to follow State of Ohio and Warren County Health District (WCHD) guidelines, in regards to quarantine protocols. Any student/staff that has met state and county health guidelines on possible exposure, will be quarantined. Any student/staff member listed as quarantined, is NOT a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case.
Q: What can parents expect if there is an identified case of COVID-19 in a school building?
A: A positive case must be reported to the Warren County Health Dept., who will assess the situation and advise on the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. This information will be shared with the affected families by Springboro Schools and/or the Warren County Health Dept.
If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in the school, the district will notify you while also protecting the student’s identity and following the district’s Board policy.
If there is a positive case, the entire school building (and bus, if the student was riding a bus) will be cleaned using our electrostatic machine. Each school building will be cleaned on a regular basis, daily, regardless of a positive case or not.
Q: What happens with a student's learning when he/she is placed on quarantine?
A: This depends on the student's grade level. When a Grade PreK-5 student is quarantined, his/her assignments will be handled similar to how it is done when a student is out sick. When a Grade 6-12 student is on quarantine, he/she will automatically move to at-home/virtual learning (Model B) for all of his/her classes (assuming the student was in-person to begin with).
Q: Will my student be marked as absent, if he/she has to quarantine?
A: The district attendance policy will be extended beyond the stated twelve (12) absences if the student or a member of the household is in quarantine due to COVID-19, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Medical documentation/release shall be required to re-enter school upon release from COVID-19 mandated quarantine.
Q: Are there any changes in process for alerting the school if my child is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19?
A: If a child is positive or has been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that school families alert their school building’s nurse.
All other absences should be reported to the school office, per normal procedure.
Q: My child is not feeling well; should I send him/her to school?
A: Please familiarize yourself with COVID symptoms and if you are concerned, please keep your child home for the day to better assess his/her health.
We are requiring that parents monitor student temperatures at home prior to sending them to school. If your child is running a temperature of 100.0 or higher, please keep him/her home to protect his/her classmates and teachers.
Remember that as we move into the fall season, allergies may arise causing children to sneeze and cough. It is also typical for the common cold, stomach bugs, and even Strep throat to circulate in a school setting. Please remember to contact the office to report absences.
Q: If a child is self-quarantined because of COVID-19 exposure, what will learning look like and will this be treated as an absence?
A: If a child is not at school or participating in at-home/virtual learning for any reason, it is considered an absence for school record purposes. Consideration is always given for students who are ill and are absent for any length of time.
Q: Will the school close again this year?
A: While the goal for the school year is to remain open, we saw in March that sometimes we do not have ultimate control as the state mandate forced the move to at-home learning. If the state or county mandates another school closure, we will be well prepared for this possibility with our current at-home/virtual learning, Model B option for all students.
The teachers will set class times and create a more stable and structured learning environment for all of the students.
At this time, the school calendar will begin and end per the published 2020-2021 academic calendar.
Q: When can I drop off my student's medication at school?
A: At this time we are not accepting medications at our buildings. Information will be coming soon. We will look to collect medications in the week prior to school starting. Details will be communicated through our Principal Updates and our district website.
Q: For the at-home learning/virtual model (Model B), is my child expected to be in front of his/her screen all day watching a virtual lesson?
A: No. The at-home learning/virtual model, which will utilize virtual lessons/assignments, will do so through Google Meet/Classroom. At-home/virtual learning students in grades K-12 will be able to watch their Springboro teacher's virtual lesson, interact with their Springboro teacher and online classmates, as well as have time away from their device for work/assignments.
Q: For the at-home learning/virtual model (Model B), will my child be able to speak with his/her teacher and classmates?
A: Students may be able to interact online with their teacher and classmates, during the day, through Google Meet/Classroom. Students will be able to ask questions of their teacher.