COVID-19 Updates

2021-2022 School Year

Springboro Schools is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community. The steps we are taking, as a district, are guided by the recommendations of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health, the Warren County Health District, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in the best interest of the students, parents, and staff of Springboro Schools, as well as our surrounding community.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will post updates here. We will send district-wide communications when there are major changes affecting the district. You can find previous district messages to students, parents, and staff below, as well as online & mental health resources.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 nationally and globally is rapidly evolving, so we encourage you to check this webpage, as well as the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Warren County Health District, for update.

Springboro Schools is taking precautions to ensure a safe environment for all students, parents, staff, and community members. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, inclduing fever or cough, please call your healthcare provider to let them know. Also, please void visiting any one of the district's school buildings. Call the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for questions about COVID-19: 1-833-4ASKODH.

For questions not answered by this website, please email your school building's Principal directly or contact the District Communications Coordinator at 937-748-6014.

Latest News

For the most immediate updates on COVID-19, check the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention website. Below is the latest news from Springboro Schools:

How Can I Get the Vaccine?

Click below to find out if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and to book your appointment today:

Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine Guidelines
ODH Guidelines for Quarantining After Exposure - ODH Flow Chart

Each school district in the State of Ohio is required to quarantine students, per their county health department and Ohio Revised Code (ORC 3707.08 and ORC 3707.16). This is not Springboro Schools' requirement, it is a requirement of the county health department. Our goal is to keep students in-school, in-person. According to WCHD and ODH, if a student is wearing a mask and/or vaccinated, the student will not need to be quarantined, thus keeping them in-school, in-person. 


Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced a new statewide quarantine option, “Mask to Stay, Test to Play.” This voluntary, alternative quarantine option is a result of growing national experience, as well as the Warren County Pilot Program our district helped lead. These guidelines help keep healthy students learning in school and participating in the activities they enjoy. These guidelines are yet another step in ensuring that our students remain in school, in person, with their educators and classmates - a crucial component for any student’s mental wellness and academic success. 


The goal of the quarantine option is to keep PreK-12 students in school, in-person five days a week. We believe that in-person learning is very important for children’s development. When school districts follow layered prevention strategies, including vaccination for staff and eligible students, strongly recommending masks, and social distancing, it helps slow the spread of the virus and allows students to stay in school consistently.


Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option Eligibility
Students that meet the following criteria are eligible for the program:
1. Student meets the direct contact definition
2. Student does not have COVID-19 symptoms

Direct Contact - Those individuals who are identified as being directly exposed to a person with COVID-19. In schools and at school-related activities, a direct contact is defined as an unmasked, unvaccinated individual within three (3) feet of the person with COVID-19 for at least fifteen (15) minutes.

NOTE - IF YOUR STUDENT IS NEVER DEEMED A DIRECT CONTACT IN SCHOOL OR AT A SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITY, THEN THE MASK TO STAY/TEST TO PLAY QUARANTINE OPTION WOULD NEVER APPLY TO YOU.


My Student Has Been Identified as a Direct Contact, Now What? 
In the event your student has been deemed a direct contact, you will be contacted by a school building or district nurse. You will be made aware that your student has been deemed a direct contact, told that you will be receiving a quarantine letter (via email), per standard protocol, then asked if you would like for your student to voluntarily opt-in to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option. If you do not wish to do so, then you will follow standard district quarantine protocols that have been in place all school year. If you do elect to participate, you will be put in contact with Judy Striebel, RN (See "Registered Nurse Contact Info") about the next steps, which includes a consent form to be filled out by the parent/caregiver.

Requirements to Opt-In to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option

In order to offer this quarantine option, we must follow the requirements below:

  1. The Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option only applies to students who are direct contacts due to exposure at school or a school-sponsored activity exposure, NOT through a community exposure or from home.

  2. Parents/Caregivers must sign the consent agreement and agree to only use the tests provided in the quarantine option. No tests from outside providers will be permitted.  

  3. Any student participating in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option must wear a multi-layer surgical style mask that will be provided, for the entire duration of the alternative quarantine option period. On day eight (8), following the last day of exposure, the student defaults to their school building’s masking policy. If you have a student who cannot wear a mask for any reason, this student will not be eligible for the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option. Additionally, if your student has a mask exemption, the student will not be eligible for the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option, unless the mask exemption is rescinded.

  4. While in the quarantine option, and under quarantine, students could have a separate lunch location to maintain social distancing (6 feet apart). This is due to the fact that the student is still considered under “quarantine,” based on the ODH pilot guidelines.

Families whose student has been identified as a direct contact, in school or at a school-related activity, will have the option to participate in the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option to stay in school, or they may quarantine for 10 days at home. As a part of the quarantine option, parents of students will have the option to have their child tested at home, using an ODH provided Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Test kit (See "At-Home Test Kits" below for more info).

In order to test at home, a telehealth session will be required to oversee test administration and result reporting. If a student becomes ill during the quarantine option, the student will no longer participate in the option and will default to home isolation/quarantine.


Mask to Stay
 Under Mask to Stay, students can continue with in-person learning after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting or school-related activity if they do the following:
  • Wear a mask for at least 14 days after the initial exposure date
  • Self-monitor and/or have a parent monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Isolate and get tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of the severity of symptoms
Under Mask to Stay, students discontinue the quarantine procedures after seven (7) days if they don't develop any symptoms and if they test negative for the virus on days 5, 6, or 7 from their exposure.
  
Test to Play
 Test to Play permits students to participate in extracurricular activities after being directly exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting if they:
  • Wear a mask when not otherwise actively participating (such as while on a team bus, in the locker room or while on the sidelines or bench)
  • Get tested for COVID-19 once they learn they were exposed to the virus
  • Test again between days 5 and 7 following the initial exposure
Under Test to Play, students discontinue the quarantine procedures after seven (7) days if they test negative for the virus on days 5, 6, or 7 from their exposure.
 
Springboro Schools will continue to notify families when they have a child who is a direct contact at school. Families will be given the option to choose between the standard 10-day quarantine or the Mask to Stay/Test to Play option. Students who are a direct contact due to an in-school or school-related activity exposure, can voluntarily opt-in to the new “Mask to Stay” option, if the family chooses to do so. If a family instead chooses the standard 10-day quarantine at home, they should report their student’s quarantine absence per standard building protocol. Again, if your student is never deemed a direct contact in school or at a school-related activity, then the “Mask to Stay” quarantine option would never apply to you.

Registered Nurse Contact Info

Springboro Schools has hired a Registered Nurse (RN) through the generosity of the Warren County Commissioners. This RN will be working in the EduCare Building (3rd Floor), between 8am-4pm (M-F), located directly between Springboro Junior High and Springboro High School (3-Story Building on the Back Side of the Home Football Bleachers at Watkins Stadium)

937-557-1950 (Direct Line) or 937-748-3960, ext. 6502
EduCare Building - 3rd Floor
1629 S. Main St.
Springboro, OH 45066
Hours, 8:00am - 4:00pm (M-F)

Judy will be working closely with Springboro Schools' District Nurse Bronwyn Patterson, 937-748-6054, and our school building nurses.

At-Home Test Kits (Telehealth Session)

ODH has provided our district with Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Test kits. Families will be able to come to the EduCare Building (3rd Floor) and have their student be provided a test by Judy Striebel, RN. Families who have opted-in to the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine option will be able to test their child at home, and use a telehealth session to oversee test administration and result reporting. All families using the at-home test kit should follow the Ohio Department of Health User Guide: Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test Kit – User Guide.


Resources

Please take some time to make yourself familiar with the documents below that outline the standard operating procedures and press release related to the "Mask to Stay/Test to Play" quarantine option:

ODH Releases Updated School Quarantine Guidance 

Mask to Stay/Test to Play Quarantine Option

Outreach

Dashboard

COVID-19 Data (Students & Staff) - Updated Weekly

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 (this is not a rolling total) during the 2021-2022 school year, as was required to be reported to the State of Ohio. Each week's data for the 2021-2022 school year is archived for view below the current week's data.

The district data dashboard listed below reports positives and quarantines for the students and staff directly related to a school building case during the 2021-2022 school year. New this year, the dashboard (during weeks when the data is able to be collected) also will list those students and staff who do not have to quarantine, as a result of being mask and/or vaccinated (Based on Quarantine Guidelines). This means, any student or staff member that was considered a close contact, based on a positive case, but was masked and/or vaccinated, would not need to quarantine. This data is now being tracked and added to the dashboard. 

This does not include cases resulting from community spread, which is traced via the Warren County Health District - Click Here to View This Data as Reported by Warren County.

PLEASE NOTE: Students and 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 or staff that has met state and county health guidelines on possible exposure, will be quarantined. Any student or staff member listed as quarantined, is NOT a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case.


Dashboard

COVID-19 Data (Archive)

Examples of Parent Letters
In the event there is a student or staff exposure to COVID-19 during the school year, the student's family will receive one of the following letters listed below, depending on if the student/staff member was directly exposed or there was an exposure within the building, but the student/staff member was not exposed.


What Happens with Learning and Attendance, if a Student is Quarantined?
When a Grade PreK-12 student is quarantined, his/her assignments will be handled similar to how it is done when a student is out sick. There is no Model B option, at this time, for the 2021-2022 school year.

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.

Clinic Nurse Information

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, the following information related to health procedures for this year is more critical than ever. If your student, or a family member in your household, has been tested for COVID-19 and you’re still awaiting results, please remain home until the results of the test are known. Do not have your student report to school while you’re awaiting results. Also, if your student or a family member in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home to self-quarantine. Do not report to school if either of these scenarios apply to you or your family.
 
Please review with your student, and if you have any questions please contact your student’s building Clinic Nurse.
 
Daily at Home Health Checks
  • Check your child’s temperature everyday even if they do not feel sick. Must be <100degrees.
  • Check your child daily for COVID or other illness symptoms; they must stay at home if they have any symptoms.
  • Do not send your child to school after they have been given fever reducing medications.
Important Health Information Related to COVID-19
  • If your student has been tested for COVID-19 they may not return to school until the results are back.
  • If you have a child test positive for COVID-19 please call the school nurse to report it and follow the guidance of isolation/quarantine set by the health department (10-14 days).
  • Students must stay home anytime they are sick
    1. This includes but not limited to Fever >100.0, vomiting, diarrhea, severe headache, new onset or worsening cough, sore throat, new onset loss of taste or smell, repeated shaking or chills or muscle pain
Return to School Guidelines
  • Students must be fever free (without fever reducing medications) for 24hours
  • If you have a doctor’s note, a diagnosis of illness is helpful to track and monitor illness during the school year.
  • In order to return to school after one of the following: COVID+, Quarantine, or other illnesses) the student must be transported by the parent to the school and report to the nurses’ clinic to be cleared to return to school.
Up-to-Date Information
Please make sure that your child’s teacher and the school office have current emergency contact numbers at all times. We cannot keep students at school with high fevers; have a plan in place in case your child becomes sick at school. This is vital to keeping all illness under control.
 
Mask Wearing
Effective August 19, 2021, face coverings/masks will be required for all students, staff, and visitors in PreK-6 buildings. All students, staff, and visitors in grade 7-12 buildings are strongly recommended to wear a face covering/mask during the school day. Practicing wearing the mask at home to help students adjust and talk with your students about proper mask wear and hand hygiene. A "Face Covering/Mask Exemption" form is available on our Health Forms & Information page. PLEASE NOTE: This form must be turned into your school building nurse or Principal.
 
Medication Drop Off
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Clinic Nurses will have designated times in which Medications can be dropped off. Please contact the Clinic Nurse prior to drop off for planning purposes.
 
SHS, JH, SI: Medication Drop off will be 1:30-2:30p by Appointment
FP: 8:30-9:30a by Appointment    DE: 9:30-10:00a by Appointment    CE: By Appointment Only
 
Nursing Services
The district employs a full-time clinic nurse at each building. Our Clinic Nurses play an important role in keeping our students healthy and safe. Click Here for the contacts of each building nurse.
 
Resources

Quarantine Guidelines

Examples of Parent Letters
In the event there is a student or staff exposure to COVID-19 during the school year, the student's family will receive one of the following letters listed below, depending on if the student/staff member was directly exposed or there was an exposure within the building, but the student/staff member was not exposed.


What Happens with Learning and Attendance, if a Student is Quarantined?
When a Grade PreK-12 student is quarantined, his/her assignments will be handled similar to how it is done when a student is out sick. There is no Model B option, at this time, for the 2021-2022 school year.

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.

School Start/Dismissal Times

What are the school start and stop times for this coming year? 

The following is a regular list of times for each school:

School

Approximate Bus Arrival Time at School

School Start Time

School End Time

Springboro High School

7:00-7:10

7:30

2:25

Springboro Junior High

7:20

7:30

2:20

Springboro Intermediate

7:25

7:30

2:20

Five Points Elementary

8:15

8:30

3:15

Dennis Elementary

8:30

8:45

3:30

Clearcreek Elementary

9:00-9:10

9:20

4:05

Clearcreek (Mid-day)

1:00-1:10 (PM KG)

1:20

12:05 (AM KG)



What are the school start and stop times for EARLY RELEASE DAYS? 

The following is a list of times for each school on Early Release Days ONLY:

School
Approximate Bus Arrival Time at School
School Start Time
School End Time
Springboro High School
7:00-7:10
7:30
1:25
Springboro Junior High
7:20
7:30
1:20
Springboro Intermediate
7:25
7:30
1:20
Five Points Elementary
8:15
8:30
2:15
Dennis Elementary
8:30
8:45
2:30
Clearcreek Elementary
9:00-9:10
9:20
3:05
Clearcreek (Mid-day)
12:45 (PM KG)
12:50
11:35 (AM KG)

Transportation

Due to a federal requirement for mass transit, students and staff must wear a face covering/mask on school buses to start the 2021-2022 school year. Please bring a face covering/mask to wear, if riding the bus. If requirements change, we will adjust and notify our community of any changes.

Given this situation, each student will be allowed to have one (1) address for the bus. If a parent has a babysitter or shared parenting that will be getting a student on/off the bus, the babysitter’s or shared parent's address would be the one (1) address, provided the student(s) are going to a babysitter’s or shared parent's house and not the student(s) own home.

 

For further questions contact:

Michelle Palmer -  mpalmer@springboro.org

Kathryn Sacha - ksacha@springboro.org

Transportation Office - 937-748-4462


Transportation (Bus Route Information: All Grade Levels PreK - 12)
If your student rides a bus to school, please visit the Transportation Dept. webpage, in order to recheck your student’s bus route information. Given some students may switch models (in-person or at-home learning) between quarters, there is the potential for the bus route information to have changed for the beginning of the newest quarter. Please recheck this information before each new quarter begins for your student(s) on the Transportation Dept. webpage (Using the “Bus Route Information - Now Available” Link).

Athletics

Attending an Athletic Event In-Person
If you are attending a Springboro Panther athletic event this season, visit Springboro Athletics for the latest updates regarding in-person sporting events.

Live Streaming
If you are unable to attend in-person, you can still watch games/matches this season! The Springboro Athletic Department has agreed to partner with Turnkey Digital Solutions (TKDS) to stream Panther games this season! TKDS will film, broadcast, and announce live games.

TKDS is a subscription based service with nearly 90% of all subscription revenue coming back to the Springboro Athletic Department. This will be a great option this year with facility restrictions, and is always a great way for out-of-town family and friends to watch their favorite Panther player.


Attending In-Person
 - Players, coaches, athletic trainers, officials, staff, and spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments before attending an event
 - If you have symptoms, please stay home from the event
 - All coaches, athletic trainers, volunteers, and officials are strongly recommended to wear face coverings (indoors), and players are also strongly recommended to wear face coverings (indoors) when not on the court of play
 - Coaches and officials do not have to wear a face covering while blowing a whistle or actively coaching during a game or practice.
 - Family and household members should sit together socially-distanced from other individuals/family/household groups
 - Social Distancing must be maintained between groups
 - No congregating before or after practices or games is permitted

GWOC Specific Information
 - All spectators may be asked to scan a QR code when they arrive at every event at a GWOC school.  This code will take you to a survey for a symptom check for contact tracing purposes.
 - Only 1 person from your party is required to fill out the form
 - Some GWOC Schools may have different attendance regulations based on sport and venue. Please view each venues regulations before attending a sporting event
 - Many schools may ask that all spectators leave after your student-athlete has finished competing OR to not arrive until shortly before their game starts
 - Specific school information will be communicated by coaches if an opposing venue is limited
 - Teams should not arrive more than 60 minutes before a scheduled event (90 minutes for Varsity football)
 - Gates will not open until 30 minutes before a scheduled event (60 minutes for Varsity football)

Lunch Info & Free/Reduced Meals Application

It is still extremely important that you apply for free/reduced meals, if you feel your family will qualify.  

Please find important information on lunch payments, PaySchools Central, as well as Free/Reduced Meal Applications, for those families who qualify. Information here applies to families who chose in-person (Model A), as well as at-home/virtual learning (Model B).
 
HOW TO MAKE A LUNCH PAYMENT
We are encouraging parents to use our online payment system, PaySchools Central, to put money into student lunch accounts, in order to eliminate cash handling.   We will continue to accept cash or check, but we will NOT be giving any change back to students.  All change/cash will be deposited into your child’s lunch account.
 
Please Note: Parents who used PaySchools Central’s auto replenish feature for their student’s lunch account last year will need to set it up again for this school year.
 
FREE/REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS
Free/Reduced meal applications may be completed online through PaySchools Central or you may download a paper form to complete. If you need assistance with the application process please contact Kathleen Poor, Food Service Director.
 
If your child was approved for free/reduced meals last year, that benefit will carry over for the first thirty (30) school days this year. You MUST submit an application EVERY year unless your child was directly certified for free meals.  If that is the case, a letter is mailed in late July notifying you. If a new approved application is not on file with the district’s Food Service Dept. your child(ren) will lose their free/reduced meal status.

POSSIBLE PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)
A delay has occurred in mailing the new summer P-EBT cards. For summer P-EBT, a child will receive a new P-EBT card if the child did not receive the school year 2020-2021 card after February of 2021. Please be aware some households may have received a letter indicating that the new summer P-EBT card was already received. However, new cards are not likely to arrive before the last week of July. Please note that P-EBT cards for the school year 2020-2021 received after February of 2021 should have the first $190 allocation of summer P-EBT already posted to the previously issued P-EBT card or the household SNAP card. The second allocation of $185 will occur on newly mailed cards and existing P-EBT/SNAP cards in July. Schools are encouraged to communicate this information to households as possible.
 
FREE/REDUCED MEALS APPLICATION
It is still extremely important that you apply for free/reduced meals if you feel your family will qualify. Apply Here - Free/Reduced Meals Application 
 
Students approved for free meals are eligible for school fee waivers regardless of whether they are attending school in person or at-home/virtual.
 
Free/reduced SJHS or SHS students are also eligible for a reduction in pay to play athletic fees.  

All free/reduced students can participate in our Boro Backpack program. This provides a bag of shelf-stable food items each week for all qualifying students. At this time, the district is working on a plan for our at-home/virtual learners on how they may pick up these food bags.  
 
Federal and State funding for the Food Service Department is also tied to our free/reduced applications.
So please submit your application even if your children are at-home/virtual learning this year!
 
Kathleen Poor, Food Service Director
937-748-3950 (x4664)

Families In Need (Free/Reduced Lunch Program)

Parent Letter - Area Eligibility Update Free/Reduced Meals

Students who are on Free/Reduced Lunch or apart of the “Boro Backpack Program” will still be able to receive food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Springboro Schools will be in contact with these families, regarding details on food pickup and/or distribution.

Springboro Schools is providing meals to families in need. The Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC) will continue its food pick up services to families throughout the community. Food pick up dates will occur on Mondays each week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read below to learn more about future dates, times, and how you can help! 

The schedule listed below will be in place, as supplies are available for students and their families on Free/Reduced Lunch with Springboro Schools.


**DUE TO SUPPLY, FAMILIES ARE ONLY PERMITTED TO PICKUP FOOD ONE DAY PER WEEK**

Mondays (3:00 - 4:00pm)

Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC)

1629 S. Main St. Springboro, OH 45066

Perishable & Boxed Food Only

 


Important Information About Your Child’s School Meals
If you have a child in kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) in your household who was receiving free or reduced-price meals while in school, your child is eligible for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a result of the school closure.
 

 

Please know that the SCAC is here to help all families that are in need during this time. We understand there are a lot of families that have not used a food pantry before, and this can be uncomfortable at first. It’s safe to say that this is a first for almost all of us. 


Also, the Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC) will provide further details on their Facebook page. Click here to view the SCAC Facebook Page.

Click Here for the Springboro Community Assistance Center Website

Click Here to Help Volunteer 

Thank you to the City of Springboro, Springboro First United Methodist Church, Springboro Eagles, the district's Food Services Dept., as well as the Springboro Community Assistance Center (SCAC) for making this possible.

How Can I Help?

It is important to remember that the best way to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness is to follow routine hygiene etiquette:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
• Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 

 

We will continue to be in contact with the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, as well as the Warren County Health District, and we will continue to be alert for information from the CDC for the most current updates and guidance. 

The district is remaining vigilant. Our responsibility to the larger issue of public health require us to be proactive, rather than reactive, in making decisions that affect the well-being of our students, parents, staff, and surrounding community. 

 
 

Parent Guide

 
 

Resources

 
 

District Outreach

 
 
Safety Guidance

  
Wash Your Hands 

In accordance with State and Federal law, Springboro Community City Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities who wish to attend and/or participate in school events. Such individuals should notify the Superintendent if they require a reasonable accommodation.

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