AWLS Parent & Staff Communication - 11/25/2020
The Lucas County Health Department approved an "order" (not a recommendation) that would officially start December 4 (4pm) and go through January 11 (8am). The order addresses the K-12 school schedule and student participation in athletics and extracurriculars. In addition, the Health Department approved a recommendation that schools immediately put in place the elements in the order.
While the District has not seen the specific language of the order, we believe it would require 7-12 students to be educated in the a remote schedule, would allow the option of K-6 students to be taught in person, and would allow for school testing and the education of special education students in person from December 4 and January 11. Also, 7-12 athletics and extracurriculars would be paused during this same time. In addition, youth sports would not be allowed to use school facilities for their activities during this same time.
Please know that the health department did ask for Lucas County schools opinions (public, private, charter) about the items in the order during a meeting on Monday. There was a mixed response to the potential of these plans. Ultimately, the health department decided it was in the best interest of the community to approve this order and recommendation.
I would ask that you allow the District time to review the order/recommendation and determine our next steps before sending the District questions about it. Please be aware that at this time the K-12 remote learning schedule from November 30 through December 18 will continue as planned. We will plan to send out additional communications soon but we ask that we all be patient over this holiday break.
Thank you and have a great Thanksgiving!
AWLS Staff & Parent Update- 11/18/2020
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the District’s goal has been, and continues to be, to provide our students and staff a safe environment to learn and work. The District is experiencing a large increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines of students and staff members; as is our community, the county, and state. In most cases, these numbers have increased three to four times what they were just two weeks ago. The Lucas County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Governor have shared their concerns with rising numbers even with additional safety procedures and protocols in place; the positivity rate unfortunately continues to rise. While most of the student and staff cases have been exposures from outside of the schools, we have begun to see some students and staff members being placed into quarantine based on exposure at school or while on the school bus. With the increased number of staff being placed into quarantine or isolation, the District has had unfilled teacher and bus driver positions that haven’t been able to be filled by substitute employees over the last two weeks. Unfortunately, the number of staff and students being quarantined or isolated each day is growing which is compounding the problem since most of these individuals are out of school for 10-14 calendar days. As a result, Anthony Wayne Local Schools will be switching to a remote learning schedule for PreK-12 students for a three week period of time from November 30 through December 18. The District is hopeful that we will be able to remain in the hybrid schedule over the next three days to provide an opportunity for valuable in-person instruction, give students items they may need during the remote learning, and allow them to collect personal items they may need from the buildings.
Each of the school buildings will be sharing a communication with parents in regards to the remote learning schedule in the very near future. In this communication, there will be several items related to various items including the daily schedule for students, technology devices, internet access, and breakfast and lunches distribution. The District will also put this information on the AWLS website at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus
During Thanksgiving break and while the students are in a remote learning schedule, it is very important for the District to be informed when a student has been exposed, is being quarantined or isolated, or has tested positive for COVID-19 in order to be able to trace cases and inform the Lucas County Health Department. We ask that parents report students that fall into these categories by emailing Kevin Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Williams at email@example.com. If more convenient, you may contact them via text or cell phone. Mr. Herman’s number is 419-704-3462 and Miss Williams can be reached at 419-206-7869. Please include your name and contact information, along with your child’s name, grade, and whether he or she is being quarantined or isolated, has been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19, and/or is showing symptoms. Mr. Herman or Miss Williams will follow up with you as quickly as possible and definitely within 24 hours. You may also contact them with any questions concerning your child(ren) and COVID-19.
Again our commitment is to the safety of our students and staff. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data to determine when students and staff can safely return to the hybrid schedule. As of today, we expect to return to the hybrid schedule on Monday, January 4.
AWLS's COVID-19 Data
Current Numbers as of 11/13/2020…(Based on what has been shared with the District)
AWLS COVID-19 numbers this week:
- Currently, 8 staff members, 4 high school students, and 3 junior high students are positive for COVID-19. In each of these positive cases, contact tracing suggests that these individuals contracted the virus from non-school related events.
- 204 students (14 of these are in the On-line Academy) and 26 AW employees are currently in quarantine.
- The students in quarantine represent approximately 4.64% of the students in the District. The employees in quarantine represent 5.51% of the employees in the District.
- Of the students in quarantine, 72 are at the high school, 29 at the junior high, 29 at Fallen Timbers, 22 at Monclova Primary, 25 at Waterville Primary, and 13 at Whitehouse Primary.
- Of the students in quarantine, many of these exposures happen from interactions with family members, with people in our community, and through non-school travel sports.
The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 data and risk for transmission at school each week. The CDC risk of transmission indicators moved from a “Lower” to “Moderate” risk of transmission in the schools. With that said, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain COVID-19 safety procedures in and outside of school. If we do not, we will continue to see these numbers rise.
Athletics and Spectator Guidelines,
Due to the recent governor announcement regarding high school athletics and spectator guidelines, the AW Athletic Department will need to make adjustments to our attendance policy in order to follow OHSAA and ODH policy. With this policy, our capacity allowed at all athletic events has been dramatically decreased. While we understand many throughout our community would love to attend athletic events as they always have in the past; unfortunately given the times, this just will not be possible this season.
Effective for the 2020 Fall season (with a possibility to go to Winter and Spring) ALL tickets must be purchased online. There will be no cash ticket sales completed at Anthony Wayne. All ticket sales will be reserved for close family of the athlete and event participants. In addition, there will be a max number of tickets that can be ordered per purchase depending on the capacity of the event. There will be no ticket sales to the general public - nor will we sell any AW athletic passes, nor accept NLL passes, senior citizen passes or staff IDs.
Approximately 48 hours prior to an athletic event the head coach will send a pre-sale code to the parents of the athletes in that sport to purchase a ticket. After purchase, the ticket holder should bring their phone or paper ticket to the ticket booth to be scanned for entry. Each event will have a different passcode.
Last, we will be requiring masks for all spectators to wear for entry and throughout the event. All spectators are subject to a temperature screening upon entry and are asked to sit/stand socially distant from others.
Again, we recognize and are sensitive to the fact MANY General fans would like to be in attendance where you just simply can't. We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to AW Athletics. We look forward to passing on to everyone televised options, as well as potential athletic streaming options.
Click HERE to visit the Anthony Wayne Ticket Box Office.