- AWLS Parent & Staff Communication- 10/15/21
- AWLS Parent & Staff Communication - 10/14/21
- FTMS Highlighted for Blue Ribbon Award by the Village of Whitehouse
- FTMS Receives National Blue Ribbon Honors
- COVID-19 In person plan for 2021-22 school year- Updated 8/28/21
- Athletic Events - Online Ticket Instructions
AWLS Parent & Staff Communication- 10/15/21
AWHS Football Game Tonight
Weather may result in issues for tonight's high school home football game. You can follow the high school athletic Twitter account @AWGenerals1 for updates on weather delays or cancelations. Also, with the rain overnight, please do not park south of Fallen Timbers Middle School in the grass area; especially in the area near the creek.
Community Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 23, is Drug Take Back Day! Please consider dropping all unwanted and unused medications to either Waterville or Whitehouse Fire Department from 10am-2pm for safe disposal.
While the CDC still classifies Ohio and Lucas County as a high transmission area, over the last week and half the County, State, and District data have started to trend in the right direction. The county data for the 14 day average, positivity rate, and cases per 100,000 people are down from last week. The Lucas County zip code date for our District is slightly higher than last week but still lower than its peak in mid-September. The rate of new COVID-19 cases is down in the State by 6% as compared and the positivity rate is down approximately .5% from last week. District data can be accessed here in the COVID-19 dashboard. The weekly change data is updated every Friday afternoon and is trending in the right direction.
Health Department Quarantine Laws
COVID-19 exposure is not something that anyone wants to deal with; especially when it means being out of school for a period of time. The District understands the frustration that results when students are placed into quarantine by the Toledo Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD). Periodically, a parent will ask what legal authority does the TLCHD have to place students into quarantine. The District has shared this question with the TLCHD in the past and they reference the Ohio Revised Code and Administrative Code listed to on the “Statutes for Infectious Disease, Quarantine, Isolation, and Reporting Requirements'' information in their Back to School Guidance Document which can be found here. In addition, once a student is placed into quarantine or isolation school Districts are required to not allow them to be in attendance per Ohio Revised Code 3707.16 and 3313.67.
In some cases, parents have stated that the District should ignore the quarantine/isolation requirements from the health department. Ohio Revised Code 2921.31 states that no person shall do any act that hampers or impedes a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties. In addition, the law states that anyone who does this and creates a risk of physical harm to any person may be charged with up to a felony of the fifth degree.
AW Parents Clubs
There are a number of Anthony Wayne Parents Clubs that do an excellent job of providing student resources and collaboration opportunities with the school buildings. I want to share information on different groups that you may want to be a part of in the District.
- AW Band Boosters- This group represents band programs at the high school, junior high, and the middle school. You can find information about this group at https://www.awbands.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyWayneBands/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AwBandBoosters?s=20
- AW Vocal Arts Boosters- This group represents both choir and drama programs and you can view information about their activities on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awvocalarts
- AW Parent Teacher Association (AWPTA)- This organization represents both the Junior High and Fallen Timbers Middle School. You can find information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Anthony-Wayne-Parent-Teacher-Association-AWPTA-108451233841229/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AAwpta?s=20
- AW Athletic Boosters- This group represents athletic programs in the District and you can view information about their activities at http://www.awathleticboosters.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/awathleticboosters/, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AWABoosters?s=20
- There are various parent groups that represent individual athletic programs. Please contact the athletic department for more information on those individual groups.
- Monclova Area Parents (MAPS)- This group represents parents at Monclova Primary. If you want additional information please contact Monclova Primary or you can find information at https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/MO-Monclova_Area_Parents or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/204288949981030/,
- Waterville Parents Association (WPA)- This group represents parents at Waterville Primary. If you want additional information please contact Waterville Primary or you can find information at https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/waterville-parents-assocation or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/watervilleparents/
- Whitehouse Parents Association (WPA)- This group represents parents at Whitehouse Primary. If you want additional information please contact the Whitehouse Primary Office or view information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WhitehouseParentsClub
We wish all parents and staff a wonderful weekend! Go Generals!!
Dr. Jim Fritz
AWLS Parent & Staff Communication - 10/14/21
I wanted to share information about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds that have been discussed in recent social media posts and was brought up at the October Anthony Wayne Board of Education meeting.
Federal Government Funding for COVID-19 Relief in Schools
Since the spring of 2020, both the federal and state governments have provided additional funding to schools as a result of COVID-19. This past March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that authorized districts across the Nation to receive additional COVID-19 funding. Below is a description of that funding and how Anthony Wayne Local Schools is spending and plans to spend those funds.
What is ESSER and how did Districts qualify for these Relief Funds?
The Federal government approved the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding allocations for traditional public schools and community schools as a result of COVID-19. In doing so, specific funds were allocated to each public school district and community school based on the percentage of Title One funds each district receives. Title One funds are determined by the federal government based on the number of low-income families (defined by the Federal government) a school district has within its community. The ESSER funds were sent from the Federal government through the U.S. Department of Education to each state in the Nation. Each school district in Ohio will receive ESSER funds through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) through their grants management system. The State of Ohio decided to allocate 90% of the funds directly to public schools and community schools. The other 10% has been dedicated by the state to support public schools and community schools through what they call “State activities” and/or emergency situations which will be determined by the Ohio Department of Education and state leaders.
What Requirements are there to Spend the Relief Money?
School districts are able to utilize and spend the ESSER funds through September of 2022 within specific areas. Each school district in Ohio was required to develop a plan on how to spend the ESSER funds and submit that plan to the ODE by August 20, 2021. Each school district was also required by ODE to submit an American Rescue Plan (ARP) so they could review and approve how each district plans to spend the ESSER funds within the specific allowable spending requirements. ODE asked each district to add a summary to the required Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. This information is on the AWLS website and can be accessed here. The specific information starts on page nine of the document.
In what Specific Areas can Districts Spend these Relief Funds?
As mentioned above, school districts are required to spend ESSER funds within specific allowable areas. These areas include COVID-19 expenses, instructional support for students, intervention services for students, educational technology, mental and physical health support services for students, summer learning opportunities for students, improvement of facility conditions for students and staff, and maintenance of the current services provided to students.
The Anthony Wayne District has allocated the ESSER funds in these areas and is spending the funds in the above mentioned areas. For example, here are just some of the ways the District is spending the relief funds:
The District used the ESSER funds to provide several programs this summer to students that included STEAM activities, student academic intervention and enrichment, ACT study program, and a high school credit recovery program. Due to the success of these programs and the benefit to students, the District plans to use the ESSER funds for these services to be provided again in the summer of 2022.
The District will use these relief funds to continue mental and physical health services necessary during this time such as nurses, social workers, and other support services.
The District has purchased a significant amount of student technology to provide a one technology device to one student ratio in each school building.
Based on an independent review of the HVAC systems in each building and the work that was completed in the District’s last renovation and new construction projects, the District is in the planning stages of an approximate one million dollar HVAC improvement project that will improve air quality in specific identified school building areas.
The District hired additional staff (I.e intervention coaches and tutors) for the 2021-2022 school year to provide specific instructional services to meet the individual needs of identified students. In addition, the District has and plans to continue to provide additional staff professional development within these intervention areas to help our students with their academic achievement.
The District is appreciative of the COVID-19 relief funds that have been approved by the Federal and State governments. These relief funds, spent in the allowable areas, will provide additional services for students, physical and mental health services for students, academic intervention for students, additional technology for students, improvements in HVAC systems, and additional summer school opportunities. While the relief funds are temporary, the District does appreciate that we can use them to provide services to students at this time while making improvements in HVAC and technology.
Dr. Jim Fritz
FTMS Highlighted for Blue Ribbon Award by the Village of Whitehouse
FTMS Receives National Blue Ribbon Honors
Fallen Timbers Middle School was one of sixteen Ohio Schools to receive the National Blue Ribbon Honors. U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, including 16 schools in Ohio. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
The Ohio schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools were:
Bay Village – Westerly Elementary School, Bay Village City School District.
Beachwood – Hilltop Elementary School, Beachwood City School District.
Canton – Whipple Heights Elementary School, Perry Local School District.
Cincinnati – Mariemont Junior High School, Mariemont City School District.
Cincinnati – Montgomery Elementary School, Sycamore Community City School District.
Dublin – Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin City School District.
Dublin – Saint Brigid Of Kildare Elementary School, Diocese of Columbus.
Girard – Girard Intermediate Middle School, Girard City School District.
Granville – Granville High School, Granville Exempted Village School District.
Hudson – Seton Catholic School, Diocese of Cleveland.
Kettering – Orchard Park Elementary School, Kettering City School District.
Logan – Hocking Hills Elementary School, Logan-Hocking Local School District.
Maria Stein – Marion Local Elementary School, Marion Local School District.
Minster – Minster Elementary School, Minster Local School District.
Steubenville – Pugliese Elementary School West, Steubenville City School District.
Whitehouse – Fallen Timbers Middle School, Anthony Wayne Local School District.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.
COVID-19 In person plan for 2021-22 school year- Updated 8/28/21
COVID-19 In-Person Plan for 2021-22
Anthony Wayne Local Schools
*Update on 8/28/21
As we did in the 2020-21 school year, AWLS will continue to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff. The District will continue to monitor the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health, and Lucas County Health Department COVID-19 recommendations and orders. The District has developed policies and procedures to address these recommendations and orders that will allow us to have in-person learning.
Safe for students.
Safe for staff.
Safe for our community.
We are on the same team! We are all Generals!
We must come together to provide a safe environment for the students and staff of Anthony Wayne Local Schools. In some cases, COVID-19 has brought us together as a nation; however, in other cases, it has created a large division in the ideology on how best to approach our “new normal” of living in a world with this virus. I’m hopeful that we can come together to provide a safe environment for all students to be present each day for the upcoming school year.
The COVID-19 virus has created a number of challenges for school districts across the world. In order to provide the safest environment possible for our students and staff, there is a need to have COVID-19 guidelines and requirements for this school year. The Anthony Wayne Local School District (AWLS) is committed to the following guiding principles as we plan to return to school:
- AWLS will make sure our schools are fully cleaned, disinfected and equipped to maintain safe conditions.
- AWLS will have a support system for students and staff as they participate in instruction and activities in the upcoming school year.
- AWLS will utilize a multi-layered deployment of personal safety measures to mitigate the transfer of the virus.
- AWLS will continue to work closely with the Lucas County Health Department to promote safety in each school building. In the event there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, the District will work with health officials to implement the appropriate steps as provided by the health department and notify students, staff, and parents as required.
Please know that we will continue to work with the local health department, the Ohio Department of Health, and other health organizations to review and modify our plans as needed. We understand that virus guidance may change from these organizations and our plans may need to be modified throughout the school year in order to accommodate these changes.
Recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association:
The following are recent recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Vaccinations are highly recommended for students and staff that are eligible for the vaccine.
Vaccinations are highly recommended for students and staff that are not vaccinated. ● The CDC recommends that all students and staff wear masks while in school. ● The CDC requires by Federal order that all passengers and staff on a school bus wear a mask.
Daily symptoms checks are recommended for students and staff.
Good hygiene (washing hands, use of hand sanitizer, etc.) is recommended. ● The ODH has shared that the use of masks are “not necessary” when students and staff are outdoors, at recess, or engaging in physical activity.
2021-22 School Year Schedule
AWLS plans to have all students participate each day within an in-person learning schedule during the school year.
I want to assure you that the schedule options are based on the unique characteristics of the school district (i.e., size of classrooms, size of hallways and other building structures, geographical size of the district, etc.), the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Lucas County Health Department, and other medical/public health experts. In addition, all public school districts, when creating this plan, are required to follow the rules, regulations, and laws as created by local, state, and federal agencies. While there are many items to consider when creating this plan, safety of students and staff, the social-emotional state of students and staff, and the educational growth of our students are the top priorities.
During the All-In Schedule
- All students will be in attendance five days per week.
- All students and staff will follow enhanced hygiene and safety protocols including: face coverings are required indoors and recommended outdoors in crowded areas, frequent hand washing/use of hand sanitizer, covering mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, staying home when ill for any reason or having a temperature at or above 100 degrees, or experiencing any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
- AWLS will strive to maintain social distancing in school buildings that is allowable by the specific building design and recommended by health agencies.
- The Operations Department will clean the school buildings each day utilizing the recommendations from the local and state health departments.
- Some school practices, such as lunches and classroom experiences, may be altered to promote student and staff safety.
- Junior High and High School athletics will proceed in accordance with recommendations from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
- Students will have assigned seating in many locations as allowable by the activity. This procedure is necessary as the Ohio Department of Health and Lucas County Health Department will still require contact tracing in schools at this time.
Safety Precautions: Keeping students and staff safe
Protection of Staff and Students
According to the Cleveland Clinic’s Return to School Amid COVID-19 guide, “while no single personal protective equipment is 100% effective, when used together, they add layers of protection and support a culture of safety.” The primary layers of protection to provide a safe environment that will be used are handwashing/use of hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing, temperature screening, use of masks as needed, and staying home when sick. As medical experts have shared, when we use these protective actions together, we minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. While there are several safety precautions the District will have in place, the below list provides answers of the frequently asked questions in this area.
Daily Symptom Assessments
- All staff will be asked to complete a daily temperature and COVID-19 symptoms check at home prior to coming to work or school.
- All parents/caregivers will be asked to assess students’ temperatures and complete a check for all COVID-19 symptoms at home before each school day.
- All individuals who do not meet the temperature assessment, temperature of less than 100F and/or COVID-19 symptoms, should STAY HOME. If a staff member experiences these symptoms and/or has an elevated temperature of 100F or higher while at school, he or she will go home and be referred to his or her physician. If a student experiences these symptoms and/or has an elevated temperature of 100F or higher while at school, he or she will go to the office first and then will go home and be referred to his or her physician.
Student/Staff Distancing throughout the school day
- Classroom occupancy will be determined based on the classroom size, school facilities, and building schedules. Physical distancing recommendations will be followed as dependent on the specific schedule and each building design.
- Principals will provide a procedure for spacing students apart during student arrival and dismissal.
- Students will be spaced out up to three feet of distance while in cafeterias. Specific information with regards to the cafeteria and food services will be provided by each building.
- Student restroom breaks will be staggered and monitored, the number of students in the restroom at one time will be limited.
- Student transitions may be limited during the school day. All students will enter the school building through specific entrances, will proceed to their assigned classroom, and sit in their assigned seats until their class begins. In some cases, students will stay in the classroom during instructional time and their teachers will rotate classrooms to deliver instruction without having students transition to another room. If students need to travel in a hallway, a building specific schedule will be in place to minimize student interactions and maintain physical distancing. At the end of the day, building specific procedures will be utilized to release students while maintaining physical distancing.
- Students will have more opportunities to go outside for classroom instruction when appropriate and weather permitting.
- Anthony Wayne Local Schools requires face coverings for all students, staff and visitors indoors on school property. According to the Federal CDC order, all individuals will wear masks on school buses/vans.
- Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly recommended for large outdoor events.
- Mask breaks:
○ Each building should consider mask breaks throughout the day in settings where risk for transmission is lower.
○ Preferably, mask breaks would be held outdoors. If the weather doesn't permit it, indoor space should have good air circulation. Open windows or take breaks in large rooms.
○ People should be able to be consistently 6 feet apart, or 3 feet apart in a classroom setting.
○ Breaks should be short in duration if indoors.
○ When appropriate, teachers can take students outdoors for these breaks.
Other items related to masks
- Face masks shall not include respirators (unless required for medical reasons), masks designed to be worn for costume purposes, etc. All face coverings/masks shall meet the requirements of the Dress Code policy and/or Code of Conduct.
- Hand washing and use of hand sanitizer
- Students will have the opportunity to wash their hands throughout the school day and will have access to hand sanitizer.
- Students are encouraged to have personal hand sanitizer with them during the school day.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in several locations throughout the school building.
- Students will be asked to utilize hand sanitizer at various times during the school day including when getting on the school bus, entering a school building, prior to eating lunch, and returning into the building after being outside (i.e., recess).
- AWLS will strive to provide physical distancing of students as the facilities allow.
Cleaning of school facilities and buses
- Based on the recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health, AWLS will clean school facilities and buses. Operations staff schedules will be adjusted to maximize cleaning services in the District. The operations staff has coordinated plans to address commonly touched areas throughout each school day. Cleaning supplies will be in compliance with EPA requirements related to COVID-19.
- Drinking fountains will be used per the recommendation from the local health department. Use of hands-free water bottle filling fountains will be permitted.