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Mariemont City Schools RESTART

Latest RESTART Update (see below for all RESTART updates)

November 29, 2020

Mariemont City Schools Families,
 
I hope you all had a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving break.
 
Since school dismissed last Monday, we have seen an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and necessary quarantines at the high school level. In addition to this, we have unfortunately been informed of a large gathering involving many of our high school students that took place last week, in which at least one known COVID-19-positive individual was present.
 
Although we have done our best to conduct contact tracing of students who were at this gathering, we are not confident, at this time, that we have been able to identify all of our high school students who were present. Therefore, in the interest of the health and safety of our high school staff and all of our high school students, we will shift to the Tier 2 instructional model at Mariemont High School only beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 1 through at least Friday, Dec. 4. There will be no school for Mariemont High School students on Monday, Nov. 30, to allow us to continue contact tracing and for our teachers to prepare to shift to Tier 2.
 
Additionally, all high school athletics and extra-curricular activities will be temporarily suspended through Sunday, Dec. 6.
 
Mariemont Junior High School, Mariemont Elementary School and Terrace Park Elementary School will all remain in Tier 1; however, we are monitoring the numbers closely at these buildings and will make a shift in the instructional model if and when the need arises.
 
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, high school students in the Blue group will report to the building while students in the gold group will participate remotely. The groups will switch for Thursday, Dec. 3, and Friday, Dec. 4. Please reach out to Dr. Renner or Mr. Block with any further questions regarding the Tier 2 instructional model.
 
Please remember, it is very important that parents/guardians inform the school district if your child is quarantined because of close contact with someone COVID-19 positive. We need to know if your child has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results and we also need to know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. If your child is tested for COVID-19, please do not send them to school until you receive results back and they are negative. Additional Information about who and how to contact us is on our RESTART webpage under the “RESTART Attendance and Illness What If” link.
 
Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we work through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steven Estepp
Superintendent
Mariemont City Schools
 

Mariemont City Schools RESTART FAQs

Will the school district’s RESTART Plan change?
Possibly. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very fluid situation. We may need to modify our plan as we navigate the virus and its impact on school district operations and as health guidelines evolve and change. The district’s RESTART webpage is the best place to go for the latest draft of the RESTART plan and other news, information and updates.
 
Is there an option for families who are not comfortable sending their child(ren) back to the school building to start the 2020-2021 school year?
Yes. The district is offering “Online Warriors,” a virtual option for students who choose not to or are unable to return to the school building.  More information about this option is available on page 17 in the district’s RESTART plan.
 
Why do students have to commit to an entire semester of participation in the Online Warriors program?
Class sections and assignments, teacher schedules and staffing will be developed based on the number of students who we know will be participating in in-person instruction and the number of students who we know will be participating in Online Warriors. In order to do this as efficiently and safely as possible, we need to have consistent participation in both settings for a full semester.  
 
Additionally, different curriculum materials and activities compatible with online learning will often be used in Online Warriors making a transition back to the regular classroom during the semester difficult. 
 
Will the Online Warriors option be available during the 2nd semester of the school year?
Yes.  More information will be available in mid-November.
 
Can students in Online Warriors participate in extracurricular activities and athletics?
Yes. Students in Online Warriors are eligible to participate in school district extracurricular activities and athletics. 
 
Why are only grades K-2 students coming to school every day and not all elementary grades when in Tier 2?
In order to get 6 feet of social distancing as is required in Tier 2, there is not enough space nor staff to bring all elementary students into the building at the same time. 
 
Using nearly every space available in the elementary buildings and every staff member (including instructional aides, specials teachers and other support staff), we can only accommodate all grades K-2 students and half of grades 3-6 students on a daily basis while in Tier 2.
 
Because our youngest learners struggle the most with remote learning and need the most support at home to participate, it makes the most sense to have them in the buildings daily for instruction and support. 
 
Does my student have to wear the masks provided by the school district?
No. A student can provide his/her own mask as long as it adheres to the school district’s policy on face coverings. The mask must fully cover the mouth, nose and chin and fit snugly against the side of the nose, side of the face and cover the chin so that there are no gaps. The mask must be held secure through either a tie, elastic, etc. to prevent slipping.
 
Can my student wear a face shield instead of a face mask? 
No. Per CDC guidelines, a face shield is not as effective as a face mask in preventing droplets from spreading from person to person. 
 
Will students ever be able to remove their masks during the school day?
Yes. Teachers will provide students with periodic mask breaks when it is possible to do so safely with a minimum of 6 feet social distancing. Students will also be permitted to remove masks while eating lunch.
 
Will there be exemptions to the face mask requirement for students?
Exemptions may be made for students who have medically documented reasons for not being able to wear a face mask. Prior to an exemption being made, a Face Protection Exemption form and Authorization to Disclose Health Information must be filed with the school district.  More information about face mask exemptions can be found on the district’s RESTART webpage.
 
How will I know if my child has been exposed to COVID-19 at school and/or needs to quarantine?
In collaboration with the Hamilton County Department of Health, district health staff will contact trace students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at school. If your child has been exposed, you will be notified by a school district employee.   More information about quarantine procedures is available on page 10 of the RESTART Plan.
 
What should I do if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
Notify the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander, Brent Wise, immediately, at [email protected] or by phone at 513272-7500. You can find more information about when to contact Mr. Wise on page 8 of the district’s RESTART Plan. 
 
What should I do if my child is required to quarantine because of COVID-19 exposure outside of school?
Notify the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander, Brent Wise, immediately, at [email protected] or by phone at 513272-7500. You can find more information about when to contact Mr. Wise on page 8 of the district’s RESTART Plan. 
 
Will my child be able to participate in school remotely if he/she is unable to be at school because he/she is quarantined?
Yes.   Students can ZOOM into their regular classroom/classes during quarantine. More information about this can be found on page 17 of the RESTART plan. Elementary students will follow a remote schedule specific to their teacher. These schedules will be available on the district’s RESTART webpage.  Junior high and high school students will follow their normal daily bell schedule.
 
Are the school buildings’ HVAC units equipped to handle possible COVID-19 exposure?
Mariemont City Schools has switched from a MERV-8 to a MERV-13 HVAC filtering system. These filters are denser and catch smaller particles, like the Coronavirus. We also will adjust the outside dampers to maximize the circulation of outdoor air.
 
Who should I contact with questions and concerns related to COVID-19 in the Mariemont City School District?
Your first point of contact should always be your child’s building principal.
 
Brent Wise is the district’s COVID-19 Incident Commander and can also be contacted with any issues related to the pandemic and its impact on our schools.
 
You will also find a RESTART Questions & Concerns submission form on this webpage to ask questions, provide feedback, etc.


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