To Our Springboro Families:
We are excited to welcome our Panthers back to school for another great year of learning for 2021-2022. As we look to the beginning of this current school year, we want to make sure all of us are on the same page with regards to protocols and expectations for our return to school. Springboro Schools continues to use our County Health Districts and State of Ohio’s guidance to inform how we all ensure a safe and successful school year.
Below are our latest anticipated protocols for the start of the upcoming school year. These are in line with all schools in Warren County. If we have learned anything through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the importance of being able to adapt and adjust when needed. We continue to work with the Warren County Health District (WCHD), as well as the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and will update these protocols as needed, based on guidance from these entities.
Per state/federal guidelines, face coverings/masks are strongly recommended for all students and staff indoors, but not required. If requirements/mandates change, we will adjust.
Due to a federal requirement for mass transit, students and staff must wear a face covering/mask on school buses. If requirements change, we will adjust.
Vaccinations & COVID-19 Protocols
Warren County has the highest level of vaccinations in southwest Ohio, and is in the top 10 in the state (see statistics here). The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for individuals 12 years and older. Proof of vaccination will not be required of students or staff to attend school/work.
Springboro Schools does not order quarantines or isolations, but instead works with Warren County Health Department (WCHD) officials in contact tracing and communicating cases.
Students and staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate at home for 10 days from the positive test or onset of symptoms, per WCHD.
Each school building will be maintaining two clinics, as we did last year, to assure that any exposure can be kept to a minimum and all health issues are addressed appropriately.
Per WCHD, students/staff who are unvaccinated, who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 while at school will need to quarantine. If a student/staff member is fully vaccinated, they will not need to quarantine. Student assignments will be posted by their teacher to the respective online platform being used in their class (ProgressBook and/or Google Classroom).
Each school building will keep strict seating charts for buses, classes, and lunchrooms, in order to contact trace. This information will be used to inform students, parents, and staff of any exposure, as well as any potential quarantines, based on exposure. Quarantining will be based upon the latest guidelines, per WCHD and ODH.
Students and staff will be encouraged to practice personal health hygiene, including covering their cough, washing their hands, and staying home when sick.
Staff and families should perform a health assessment, just like last year, before coming to school each day. By staying home when you or your child are not feeling well, you will not only help protect others from COVID-19, but will also help stop the spread of illnesses such as the flu.
Other Logistics for 2021-22
There will be no virtual/Model B option offered through Springboro Schools. For an alternate online option, a student would need to unenroll to attend an online school of their choice.
Start/Dismissal times for each school building return to normal. Please check your school building’s website for specific times.
Classrooms, indoor recess, and other learning spaces will be maximized based on the size of each room, in order to best reduce potential exposure.
Masks are not required for outdoor recess. Each school building will share specifics on outdoor recess, in accordance with the most recent safety health guidelines from WCHD and ODH.
Families and community members will once again be able to attend small and large events, including performances and athletic games.
Hand-sanitizing stations, daily disinfection, and enhanced cleaning will continue.
To start the school year, there will be no volunteers in school buildings. Each school will share opportunities and protocols for visitors, in accordance with the most recent safety health guidelines from WCHD and ODH.
Regular school meals will continue to be provided free of charge to all students thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even so, if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, it’s extremely important to fill out our Free/Reduced Meals Application to continue to receive discounted services, like waiving school activity fees, receiving school supplies, and receiving supplemental food and personal care items.
Building notification letters will continue to be sent to parents, students, and staff, based on potential positive cases.
Any changes made to health guidance from WCHD or ODH will be communicated to our students, staff, parents, and community members.
Visit Springboro Schools to learn more, or reach out to your school building with any further questions or concerns.
Larry Hook, Superintendent