COVID-19 Updates

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:

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

COVID-19 Data (Students & Staff) - Updated Friday Evenings

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), as is required to be reported to the State of Ohio. Each week's data for the current 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/staff directly related to a school building case. This is 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/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.


COVID-19 Data (Nov. 23, 2020 - Nov. 27, 2020) 

 


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-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).

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 Year Framework: Parent/Student/Staff Guide (2020)

Springboro Schools will continue to follow its plan, as outlined in the district's Reopening Framework. The district will continue to offer five (5) day a week instruction (M-F) with both an in-person/in-building learning model (Model A), as well as an at-home/virtual learning model (Model B) for those who do not desire the in-person/in-building learning model (Model A). Both learning models will take place (M-F) with a Springboro teacher instructing the lesson.


All district families were sent a "Request to Change Models" Form for Quarter 2. The deadline to complete this form was Wednesday, October 14 (4:00pm).
 
Within the framework, families will choose one of the following two instructional models:
 
Model A (In-Person/In-Building Learning Model) 
Students Learn Within a Physical Building/Classroom With Face-to-Face Instruction
District Safety Protocols in Place

Grades K-5 (Clearcreek, Dennis, and Five Points Elementary):
Regularly Scheduled Start/Dismissal Times, as Established by Each School Building

Grades 6-12 (Springboro Intermediate, Springboro Junior High, Springboro High School):
Shortened School Day - Each Class Period Will be Shortened by 7-9 Minutes
School Start Times Remain the Same
School Dismissal Times Will Depend on Building, and be Communicated to Parents From School Building
School Would End Roughly 1-Hr. Earlier, Each Day (Busing Still Provided)
Students Are NOT Losing a Class Period During the Day
This does not affect the overall district hours for students, as mandated by the State of Ohio.
 
Model B (At-Home/Virtual Learning Model)
Students Learn At-Home in Online Learning Environment
Classrooms Will be Virtual Through Google Meet/Classroom With Springboro Teacher-Led Instruction
Quarter-by-Quarter Commitment for Students
Check with School Building/Teachers for Daily Times on Lessons/Assignments

Grades K-5 (Clearcreek, Dennis, and Five Points Elementary):
Virtual classrooms (using Google Meet/Classroom) will be assigned per grade level (K-5)
A dedicated Springboro teacher will virtually instruct all students using Google Meet/Classroom from one specific grade level (K-5)
If a student needs further assistance with a lesson, is unable to attend, or is unable to complete a lesson due to a parent(s) being at work during the day, lessons will be recorded and posted for students/families to view at a later time that day. Specifics on recordings being posted will be communicated to the students/parents directly from the teacher.
No specials will be taught virtually.

Grades 6-12 (Springboro Intermediate, Springboro Junior High, Springboro High School):
Students will be taught virtually by Springboro teachers
Students will have the same teachers they would’ve had, per their schedule, if they were in-person
Teachers will offer instruction through lessons on Google Meet/Classroom, record lessons/assignments for students, while also making time during the day to be available for questions.
AP/Honors Classes Will Still be Offered
This will NOT be a live-stream of the classroom, but students will have live instruction daily, as well as recorded lessons.
This will be virtual instruction using Google Meet/Classroom of the teacher, teaching their lesson, and posting assignments/recorded lessons.
If a student needs further assistance with a lesson, is unable to attend, or is unable to complete a lesson due to a parent(s) being at work during the day, lessons will be recorded and posted for students/families to view at a later time that day. Specifics on recordings being posted will be communicated to the students/parents directly from the teacher.
 
If choosing Model B for your student(s), this will be a quarter-by-quarter commitment. Those who elect to choose at-home learning are doing so for the entire quarter. A student will not be permitted to choose at-home learning, and then attend in-person school during the quarter. On Monday, October 12, 2020, all families will receive a "Request to Change Models" form. This form should be filled out only by those families wishing to change models (A or B) for the 2nd quarter. Details will be communicated to families closer to Oct. 12 through Principal Updates and district email.
 
If you are choosing to remain in your current model, you do not need to fill out the form.

Why is Model A a Shortened Day? This is done in order to allow teachers to have a “Virtual Period” at the end of the day for our Model B students (Grades 6-12). Shortening each class period (Grades 6-12 Only) by 7-9 minutes, allows for an additional 60 minutes, roughly, at the end of the day for a “Virtual Period.” Teachers will have this virtual period, along with their existing planning period, to provide lessons, instruction, and post assignments for Model B students (Grades 6-12).
  
PreSchool 
Preschool will have the following schedule during the 2020-2021 school year - 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Wednesday - No School) 
 
Springboro Schools' framework is based on the following guidelines:
- Protect the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff
- Follow the guidance set out by the State of Ohio, Warren County Heath District, and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
- Provide students with familiarity of school routines to foster social/emotional and academic learning
- Provide clear expectations to students, teachers, staff, and parents on the return to school
- Respond with flexibility to changing circumstances and operate with various instructional models (Model A and Model B)

Remote Schedules (Elementary & Secondary Grade Levels)

Below are remote schedules for all grade levels (Elementary and Secondary) to be followed on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1. Each school building will communicate further details to parents/students via email. For questions related to this, please contact your school building directly. Click Here to View Parent Letter.

Elementary Remote/Virtual Schedule (Grades PreK - 5)

Kindergarten (student time 2.5 hours)  

- 9:30-11:45 AM Session and 1:00-3:15 PM Session

- Morning Meeting/Reading Mini-lesson (app. 30 minutes)

- Writing Mini-lesson/Individual Work (app. 30 minutes)

- Mini-movement break (5 minutes max)

- Math Lesson/Individual Work (app. 30minutes)

- Movement Break (15 minutes)

- Small Group Reading/Independent Work (40 minutes)


1st Grade (student time minimum 4 hours to a maximum 4.50 hours) 

- 9:00-11:00 AM   ELA/SS (small group is embedded in the block)

- 11:00 -11:30      LUNCH

- 11:30-12:00 Building check in

- 12:00-2:00 PM  Math/Science (small group is embedded in the block)

- 2:00-3:15 PM    Intervention (teachers select students)

- 3:15-4:00  Planning


2nd - 3rd Grade (student time minimum 4 hours to a maximum 4.50 hours)

- 9:00-11:00 AM ELA/SS (small group is embedded in the block)

- 11:00 -12:00 Lunch/Recess

- 12:00-2:00 PM  Math/Science (small group is embedded in the block)

- 2:00-3:15 PM    Intervention (teachers select students)


4th - 5th Grade (student time minimum 4 hours to a maximum 5 hours)

- 9:00-11:00 AM Block - 90 minutes ELA, 30 minutes social studies OR 80 minutes Math, 40 minutes science

- 11:00-12:00 Lunch/Recess

- 12:00-2:00 PM 90 minutes ELA/30 minutes social studies OR 80 minutes Math/40 minutes science

- 2:00 - 3:15 PM One on One/Small Groups - 60 minutes ELA/Math (individualized and selected by teacher)



Secondary Remote/Virtual Schedule (Grades 6 - 12)

A 1/2 Block Schedule for Remote Learning allows for teachers to give live direct instructions, give students time to work on their assignments, and then return live to assess student learning and answer questions all within one class period. It also divides student schedules in half to relieve the stress of having all their classes in one day, as well as interacting with their teachers and peers on a regular basis. This schedule creates a regular school day, allowing students to continue to work and participate in activities after school, as normal. 





Model B Manual - At-Home/Virtual Learners

Springboro Schools is proud to offer learning opportunities in the 2020-2021 school year that serve our families’ needs. Below, please find our district manual for At-Home/Virtual Learners (Model B). This manual describes Springboro’s Virtual Learning option and can be used as a reference for teachers, students, and parents. 


As we work to ensure a high-quality educational experience for our at-home/virtual learners, we have delivered focused professional development to our teachers to enhance and broaden their remote teaching skills. 

This manual addresses the roles and responsibilities of teachers, students, and parents. It also contains information regarding attendance, technology requirements, and programs available to your remote learner. 

While this manual is intended to be a reference for at-home/virtual learning (Model B), we encourage you to reach out to us should you have questions.

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
All students must bring a mask to wear during the school day, please provide extra clean masks in your student’s backpacks. Practicing wearing the mask at home to help students adjust and talk with your students about proper mask wear and hand hygiene.
 
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
 

 
 


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 student is on quarantine in Grades PreK-5, he/she will complete assignments in a similar fashion as to when a student is out sick. The student's teacher will provide details. When a student is on quarantine in Grades 6-12, 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).

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. If your student tests Positive for COVID-19 while out of school due to quarantine, medical documentation from the Warren County Combined Health Department will be required for school re-entry.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s building Clinic Nurse and we’ll be happy to answer. We also encourage you to visit our COVID-19 web page for the latest up-to-date information, resources, and FAQs. 

Device & Internet Accessibility

Devices and Internet hot spots will be distributed to families with financial hardships, including, but not limited to free and reduced lunch as a priority based on supply.


You do not have to attend in-person (Model A) if you do not have access to a laptop/internet. Springboro Schools is happy to provide families in financial hardship with a Chromebook/internet access (WiFi hotspot) for your student(s). Simply call our Main Office at 937-748-3960 and or fill out our "Device Internet/Accessibility Financial Hardship Form." 

School Start/Dismissal Times

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

The following is a list of times for each school for the 2020-2021 school year:
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
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)
 

Transportation

Due to both State of Ohio and Warren County Health District guidelines regarding COVID-19, school bus transportation could require a limited number of students allowed on each bus at one time. Students will be required to wear a face covering (mask, shield, or gaiter) when using school transportation.

 

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 

Grading

Grading for the 2020-2021 school year will follow the same grading standards for both in-person (Model A) and at-home learning (Model B) as in any given school year, where students are all in the classroom. There will NOT be the Pass/Fail option, as previously used during the 4th quarter of last school year (March 2020 - May 2020).

Athletics

With Governor DeWine’s announcement and eventual “Health Order”,  Fall athletics are off and running – albeit with many restrictions.  While the games will not necessarily look the same, and spectators will be limited, we should be excited for our student-athletes for their chance to have a season!


Attending an Athletic Event In-Person
If you are attending a Springboro Panther athletic event this season, visit Springboro Athletics for seating guidelines at CareFlight Field at Watkins Stadium, as well as all facilities where games/matches are held.

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 throughout the 2020-2021 season! TKDS will film, broadcast, and announce live games this Fall including all home contests for Varsity Football, Volleyball, and Soccer.

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.


Below are some key points from the Health Order (which can be found in full here Health Order):

 - Attendance at events has been limited to 15% of capacity.  Priority of tickets will go to immediate family members of those participating.
 - 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 spectators must wear facial coverings at all events whether it is held indoors or outdoors.
 - All coaches, athletic trainers, volunteers, and officials must wear face coverings, and players must wear face coverings when not on the field or 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
 - Six Feet Social Distancing must be maintained between groups.
 - No congregating before or after practices or games is permitted.

GWOC Specific Information
 - The Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) will operate in a “bubble” this fall which means that they will only play GWOC opponents until State Tournament play.
 - All spectators will 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.  In most cases, all participants will be allowed between 2-4 tickets for family at away events.
 - 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).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.


Q: For the at-home learning/virtual model (Model B), will my child be required to use a Chromebook? If so, do I have to go buy one?

A: No, you are not required to use a Chromebook. If you do not have a Chromebook, you do not need to buy one. A desktop computer, a laptop, or a Chromebook will work for your child to complete his/work and attend online lessons (both live/recorded) during the school year.


Q: I want to do at-home/virtual learning for my child(ren), but don’t have access to a laptop or internet. What do I do? Do I have to choose the in-person model?

A: No, you do not have to attend in-person if you do not have access to a laptop/internet. Springboro Schools is happy to provide families in financial hardship with a Chromebook/internet access (WiFi hotspot) for your student(s). Sign-Up Here on Our Device and Accessibility Form.


Q: Where can I learn more about the Model B (at-home/virtual learning) Option?
A: For additional information, be sure to view our Virtual Model B Option Meetings:
Model B Option: Grades K-5 - Watch Video Here
Model B Option: Grades 6-12 - Watch Video Here


Q: Will professional development (PD) be offered to Springboro teachers for the at-home learning/virtual (Model B) option?

A: Yes, training will be offered to all teachers across several days prior to the start of school. This was one of the reasons the school start was pushed back, in order to give our teachers time to train on our at-home/virtual learning model (Model B), which utilizes Google Meet/Classroom. Teachers first day to report was Thursday, August 20.


Q: If my student is enrolled in the at-home/virtual learning model (Model B), will he/she still be able to take AP/Honors Classes?

A: Yes.


Q: If my student is enrolled in the at-home/virtual learning model (Model B), will he/she still be able to participate in athletics, band, or extracurriculars (provided these activities can still occur)?

A: Yes.

 

Q: Can I select the at-home/virtual learning model (Model B), but then switch to the in-person model (Model A) at a later date?

A: The commitment to the at-home/virtual learning model (Model B) is for one quarter (9 weeks). You will have the opportunity to change models between quarters. A commitment form will be sent to parents before the 2nd quarter.

 

Q: If I selected Model B, but now want to switch to Model A can I do that?

A: Unfortunately, the deadline to complete this was August 14 at noon. This is due to having student/staffing numbers in place before the start of the school year. You will not be allowed to switch, unless you have a doctor's note stating that your child cannot attend school in-person for the 1st quarter. You will have the opportunity to change models between quarters. A commitment form will be sent to parents before the 2nd quarter. 


Q: Why was the deadline of August 14 for the at-home/virtual learning model (Model B) not pushed back further? I would like more time to make this decision?

A: We would love to give you more time, but to be honest we are going to have to do a lot of re-adjusting and planning. Student and staffing numbers are crucial to help deliver the same quality education expected from Springboro Schools. This deadline was set, in order for administration to implement exact class numbers and staffing arrangements for both Model A and Model B.


Q: In the Model B option, will my child still be able to take electives/specials?

A: Students in Grades K-5 will not have electives/specials virtually. Students in Grades 6-12 will have electives/specials virtually, although there may be some exceptions. The school building will community this directly to families.


Q: I’m considering homeschooling my child or moving to another school which offers an outside virtual learning option to begin the school year. What if I withdraw and wish to return later?

A: Students withdrawn for any reason will have records transferred appropriately and will give up their space in class. Students interested in returning to Springboro Schools, must re-register as a new student, per our district’s registration policy. All documents and records will be required, as for any new student. View Registration Page Here.

 

Q: What is the district’s policy on face coverings?

A: The district has a Face Coverings Policy, which can be read on our COVID-19 webpage.

Please Note: On Saturday, August 15, 2020 the Ohio Department of Health said the state will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and not allow face shields to be substituted for face masks unless a child meets certain exceptions. The Ohio Department of Health says in instances covered by the exceptions such as the need for lip reading, when eating or drinking, and when playing at recess, or if an individual has a medical condition, then a face shield may be appropriate.

This state order supersedes the district's current Face Coverings Policy. Springboro Schools will follow this updated State order. The district does believe that our practitioners (Speech Pathologists and/or Classroom Teachers) actively engaging in instructional practices should be able to wear face shields when social distancing at 6 feet apart. This ultimately allows our Speech Pathologists and Classroom Teachers to instruct and utilize facial cues. A face mask would be utilized during all other interactions when within 6 feet.



Q: Based on the district’s Face Coverings Policy, if my child has high anxiety or another medical/social/emotional concern, will you accept a doctor’s note saying he/she does not have to wear a face covering?

A: We understand there will be several students with different needs. Face coverings does include masks or gaiters (parent/student discretion). We are creating an appeals process that will go through our school nursing staff, and communicated to parents from each school building. Also, please click here to view the district’s policy on face coverings.


Q: What will the classrooms look like?

A: The classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned before the start of school (as well as cleaned daily throughout the school year) with only essential furniture inside the classroom. By removing the excess furniture, we are able to stage the student desks and maintain distancing (as best as possible, but not always 6 feet apart), while allowing all students to attend school in-person for full-day instruction.


Q: Are there going to be changes to the cleaning and sanitization of the school?

A: The school buildings are currently cleaned each evening. Deep cleaning and sanitizing will occur each evening during the school year, with specialized antimicrobial cleaning occurring routinely, unless a positive case arises, and then the school will be treated overnight.

Bathrooms will be cleaned periodically throughout the school day, and common surfaces like: handles, rails, desks, hard surfaces will be sanitized multiple times each day.

Hand-washing and sanitizing will be reinforced and encouraged, and additional hand sanitizing units will be placed strategically around each school.


Q: Will the district provide mental health support for students, teachers, and staff?

A: Yes, our Director of Mental Health and District Nurse are working with their teams, including school counselors, to continue to focus on student mental health and social/emotional concerns. Teachers and staff for Springboro Schools can visit the district’s COVID-19 Support webpage for further details. Students are encouraged to visit the district's Mental Health Service's Web Page for support.


Q: If any individual (teacher, staff, or student) has already had COVID-19, do they still need to wear a mask?

A: Yes, until we are told by the health experts that it is not necessary, all teachers and staff will be required to wear a face covering. Students will be required to wear face coverings on buses, when entering/exiting a building, in hallways, in lunch lines, and in classrooms with masks breaks scheduled during the school day.


Q: What will we do with school supplies and will students share them?

A: No, there will be no sharing of school supplies. Each student will need his/her own school supplies.


Q: Will you do away with the Springboro High School (SHS) attendance/exam policy this school year?

A: There will be no perfect attendance/exam policy this school year (2020-2021).


Q:  I am concerned about the shared drinking fountains; can I send a water bottle for my child?

A: The drinking fountains will not be usable, but there are water bottle filling stations throughout the school. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school in all grade levels and will be able to keep them at their desks. 

Students are only permitted to have water in their water bottles, rather than juice, coffee, tea, soda, etc.

We ask that spill-proof, reusable water bottles be sent with children. We do understand that in a morning rush, a disposable water bottle may be necessary, but appreciate the effort to send the other types most often. 


Q: Will SHS or SJHS be switching classrooms this school year?

A: Yes.


Q: Will lunch take place in the cafeteria this year, or elsewhere (classroom, etc.)?

A: Lunch will take place in the cafeteria with a limited number of students to accommodate social distancing guidelines. Students in the same lunch period could also have their lunch take place in the gymnasium or a designated classroom. This will depend on the school building, and be communicated directly to parents from each school building.

 

Q: With the quarantine of a COVID-19 positive patient, will siblings in other classrooms also have contact tracing/quarantine?

A: Springboro Schools will work in conjunction with the Warren county health department to determine who will have to quarantine in the event that a person has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.  Students and staff that have been exposed within a 6 feet circumference for more than 15 mins will need to quarantine.  This will be determined by the Warren County Health Department.  Those who have been in the same classroom as someone who tested positive for COVID-19, will be notified but may not be required to quarantine.  Per the CDC guidelines, any immediate family member in the same household as a person who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days.

 

Q: If a teacher gets COVID-19, does their time off come from their own sick bank or is it covered?A: The United States Department of Labor has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which applies to our workforce from April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.  This Act requires employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

 

Q: If a staff member travels to a red/purple zone, will they be required to self-quarantine?

A: The United States Department of Labor has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which applies to our workforce from April 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.  This Act requires employers to provide their  employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.

 

Q: Were the Building Reopening Meetings (Virtual - Facebook Live Events) recorded?

A: Yes. Each meeting was recorded and posted to the district COVID-19 webpage, as well as the district Facebook Page.


Q: When can I get my yearbook?
A: Yearbook Pass Out will occur August 25th and 26th in the cafeteria. Please reference the parking pass and yearbook pass out schedule that was sent in the Principal's Update on Wednesday, August 19. You must come at your designated time. If you have graduated, you may come to the cafeteria anytime between 8am and 12pm on the 25th or 26th. If you cannot pick up on those days, you may pick the yearbook up from the front desk starting September 10th. Extras are available for purchase. Checks are payable to SHS for $75.
  

 

Didn't Find the Answer to Your Question? Click Here to See Additional FAQs Grouped by School Building, Special Education, Gifted, Transportation, and other General Concerns Will Be Continually Posted and Update Here.


**As We Receive More FAQs, They Will Be Posted Here** 

Still Didn't Find the Answer to Your Question? Call the District Communications Coordinator at 937-748-3960.

Lunch Info & Free/Reduced Meals Application

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
Due to COVID-19 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 kpoor@springboro.org.
 
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 was mailed in late July notifying you. If a new approved application is not on file with the district’s Food Service Dept. by October 19 your child(ren) will lose their free/reduced meal status.
 
AT-HOME/VIRTUAL LEARNING FAMILIES
If your child is at-home/virtual learning this year, 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.  
SJHS students are eligible for scholarship assistance for the Washington DC trip, which was rescheduled for May 2021.
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!

Parent Letter - Area Eligibility Update Free/Reduced Meals

 
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.
 


UPDATE: As the new school year begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a second-round distribution of the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This second round is only available to students with remote learning periods lasting at least five consecutive days. This includes students attending schools operating a fully remote model, a hybrid model, or pandemic virtual/digital learning academy within a school that includes remote learning days for at least five consecutive days between the dates Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. The federal law only authorizes P-EBT through Sept. 30, 2020. Therefore, all benefits must be issued prior to Sept. 30, 2020.


Click Here to Learn More on the P-EBT Program (2nd Round Update) 

 

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.

Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (OJFS) has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture for its Pandemic EBT plan. The Pandemic EBT program was included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.

The approval will allow OJFS to distribute SNAP benefits to 850,000 students across Ohio who relied on free or reduced-price meal programs when school was in session to have access to a hot, nutritious meal.  The benefits will be mailed directly to students, and families do not need to apply to be eligible.

Families will receive approximately $300 to purchase healthy and nutritious foods to feed their children. These benefits amount to more than $250 million that will go to our grocery stores and other eligible retailers.

Face Coverings Policy

UPDATE: On Saturday, August 15, 2020 the Ohio Department of Health said the state will follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and not allow face shields to be substituted for face masks unless a child meets certain exceptions. The Ohio Department of Health says in instances covered by the exceptions such as the need for lip reading, when eating or drinking, and when playing at recess, or if an individual has a medical condition, then a face shield may be appropriate.

This state order supersedes the district's current Face Coverings Policy. Springboro Schools will follow this updated State order. The district does believe that our practitioners (Speech Pathologists, Classroom Teachers, and/or Bus Drivers) actively engaging in instructional practices should be able to wear face shields when social distancing at 6 feet apart. This ultimately allows our Speech Pathologists and Classroom Teachers to instruct and utilize facial cues, while providing our Bus Drivers with the necessary face coverings while driving. A face mask would be utilized during all other interactions when within 6 feet.


Springboro Schools has developed a district policy for face coverings, which can be viewed here - District Face Coverings Policy. Face coverings include: Face Mask, Face Shield, and/or a Gaiter. Currently, the State of Ohio requires all teachers/staff and students (K-12) to wear a face covering in school.
 

The district's Face Coverings Policy is intended to further guide the district’s In-Person/In-Building Option (referenced as “Model A” in the draft Reopening Framework Parent Guide). When the district states “Face Coverings,” this includes the option of a mask, face shield, or gaiter.

The district policy will also follow in accordance with the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System. The Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.
 
The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
 

Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System

The Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System is a color-coded system designed to supplement existing statewide orders through a data-driven framework to assess the degree of the virus’ spread and to engage and empower individuals, businesses, communities, local governments, and others in their response and actions.
 
The system consists of four levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.
 

Building Reopening Meetings (Virtual) - Videos Available Here

Each school building conducted a virtual “Building Reopening Meeting,” in order to discuss current plans for the In-Person (Model A) reopening of school. These meetings took place through a Facebook Live Event, and the community was invited to watch and comment with questions. Each meeting was moderated by a Springboro Schools administrator, who monitored the Facebook Live comments/questions and relayed them to the building Principal, where questions were answered live during the meeting. Each meeting was recorded and posted to our website (see below).

The schedule for the “Building Reopening Meeting” is listed below.

Schedule:

August 10 (6:00pm - 6:45pm), Springboro Intermediate - Watch Video Here

August 10 (7:00pm - 7:45pm), Junior High School - Watch Video Here

August 10 (8:00pm - 8:45pm), Springboro High School - Watch Video Here

August 11 (6:00pm - 6:45pm), Clearcreek Elementary - Watch Video Here

August 11 (7:00pm - 8:30pm), Dennis & Five Points Elementary - Watch Video Here

The meetings lasted approximately 45 minutes, and began with a brief presentation by the building Principal. Following the presentation, the moderator read community questions (posted in the comments section on the Facebook Live post) to the Principal. A panel was present at each “Building Reopening Meeting” to answer your questions. This panel included the Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, the Executive Director of Business Facilities and Operations, the building Principal, the District Nurse, as well as a representative from our Special Education Department.

These “Building Reopening Meetings” were meant to relay each building’s reopening plan for our In-Person (Model A) option. Any questions posted were to pertain to that particular building-level. Questions regarding the overall district or our Model B option, would not have been read at this meeting, as we wanted to allow ample time for parents who had building-specific questions.

Not all comments/questions were able to be read during the meeting, however we invite you to visit the district’s COVID-19 web page for a list of FAQs, regarding our district’s reopening. If you have a building-level specific question that was not able to be answered at the “Building Reopening Meeting,” due to time, please email your building Principal.

Click Here to Visit Springboro Schools' Facebook Page

Model B Option Meeting (Virtual) - Videos Available Here

On Wednesday, August 12, the district conducted a virtual “Model B Option Meeting,” in order to discuss the updated plans for the At-home/Virtual (Model B) Option. The meeting took place through a Facebook Live Event, and the community was invited to watch and comment with questions. The meeting was moderated by a Springboro Schools' administrator, who monitored the Facebook Live comments/questions and relayed them to the appropriate personnel, where questions were answered live during the meeting.

August 12 (4:00pm - 4:45pm), Model B Option: Grades K-5 - Watch Video Here
August 12 (5:00pm - 5:45pm), Model B Option: Grades 6-12 - Watch Video Here

Each meeting lasted approximately 45 minutes, and began with a brief presentation by the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. Following the presentation, the moderator read community questions (posted in the comments section on the Facebook Live post) to our panel. A panel was present at each “Model B Option Meeting” to answer your questions. This panel included the Superintendent, the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, the Executive Director of Business Facilities and Operations, building Principals, as well as a representative from our Special Education Department.

Not all comments/questions were able to be read during the meeting, however we invite you to visit the district’s COVID-19 webpage for a list of FAQs, regarding our district’s reopening. If you have a Model B specific question that was not able to be answered at the “Model B Option Meeting,” due to time, please email your building Principal.

Parent Survey Results

Over the summer, Springboro Schools issued two (2) parent surveys to our community, looking to gauge feedback and develop options for a reopening framework to the start of the upcoming school year. Below are the results of those two (2) parent surveys.
 
 

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.
 
 
Due to the occurrences of COVID-19's global transmission, the Ohio Department of Health, in coordination with the CDC, recommends the following:
 
• If you have recently traveled from a country or state with a high incidence of COVID-19 watch for any changes in your health for fourteen (14) days after leaving the country or state.
• If you develop a fever or symptoms of illness during this time, avoid contact with others and seek medical care right away (Before you go, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms).
 
 
 
 

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


 Stop Spread Germs
 
Wash Your Hands 
Masks Reduce Risk 
 
CDC DIY Masks 
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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