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Students, their families, the community, nation, and even the world are all being greatly impacted by COVID-19. It has caused them to change their daily routines and lives in ways that they never expected. It is in unprecedented times like these, that cause anxiety and fear within individuals. In order to help deal with this situation and feelings a person may be having, the Anthony Wayne Local Schools school guidance counselors have developed this page of resources to share ideas that others have found helpful when dealing with different situations associated with COVID -19. Please check the site often because new information will be shared frequently in order to deal with this ever revolving situation.
Also, if you feel that your child or you would like to talk to someone concerning the feelings your child is experiencing, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor. You and your family are wished health and happiness during this difficult and trying time.
Please Click HERE for Coronavirus Resources
How can students go about obtaining a work permit under Ohio’s Minor Labor Laws if schools are closed?
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, if a minor has all necessary paperwork completed and is unable to get the permit processed due to school closure, the completed paperwork may itself stand in the place of the physically printed permit. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, just like they would the permit. The formal permit should be processed as soon as the school is reopened.
As a reminder, hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 are still in place for any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday (i.e., spring break) and the prohibited/hazardous occupation restrictions are still active.
To download a copy of the Parent or Guardian Consent Form for Minor Work Permit, click here .
For questions, call the Division of Industrial Compliance's Bureau of Wage and Hour Administration at 614-644-2239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Coronavirus Communications
At this time, I want to share a quick update on COVID-19 information with you.
Update on the County COVID-19 Data
According to information from the Toledo Lucas County Health Department website, as of this past July 31st, the county was averaging 12.86 cases per day over the previous 14 days . This average is higher than it was at the beginning of July when it was 5.64 cases per day. There was no update on the website about the percentage of Lucas County residents that were vaccinated, but as you may recall, I shared with you that according to previous Health Department data, approximately 60% of the AW residents eligible were vaccinated.
Update on Masks on Buses/Vans
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has shared with school districts that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Federal order requires that those individuals that ride or drive a school bus/van must wear a mask. Thus, all students and staff on school buses and vans are required to wear a mask until further notice.
CDC Changes Its Initial Mask Recommendation
As you may have heard, the CDC revised its recommendation for masks within school buildings. At this time, the CDC is not requiring, but is recommending, that all individuals regardless of vaccination status wear a mask. The school district is not requiring, but is recommending, all individuals regardless of vaccination status wear a mask.
Update on other Items Related to COVID-19 Safety Procedures
On Tuesday, August 3rd, the District will share additional safety procedures that will be in place as the students’ school year starts on August 18. Many of these safety procedures, such as the use of hand sanitizer, cleaning school facilities, use of social distancing in allowable areas, etc., were in place at the end of last school year and will continue to be per the recommendations of the CDC and ODH.
Start of the School Year
A reporter asked me this morning to share what I’m excited about as we prepare to begin the school year. I replied that I always enjoy the month of August when we start to see students and staff beginning their new school year activities. As a parent and superintendent, I am really looking forward to the start of this school year and everyone beginning a new experience together.
Dr. Jim Fritz
Over the last couple of days, the media has shared information about the COVID-19 virus, increased positive cases in specific areas of the nation, concerns about the Delta variant of the virus, and how all of this may affect the upcoming school year. Health officials at the federal, state, and local levels across the nation have different ideas on what should be done in response to the above concerns. The good news is that the current cases in Lucas County are extremely low as compared to the spring cases.
Over the last couple of days, the Lucas County Health Department has shared data with the area school districts. As of Thursday of last week, we were informed that the county was averaging eight new cases per day. Over the last month, there have been 15 positive cases within the ages of 5-18 in the county. In addition, the Health Department shared the current vaccination percentages per zip code. Based on the Health Department’s zip code data in our school district, approximately 61% of the population has been vaccinated. Information on available vaccination clinics can be found on the Health Department website (https://lucascountyhealth.com/covidvaccine/) or by contacting your healthcare provider or area retail locations (Kroger, RiteAid, Meijer, etc.).
Over the summer, the District has been monitoring the available data, legislative actions of our State Government, and recommendations/orders from the State and Federal Government. While there are many COVID-19 safety precautions that a school district can take, the conversation by the media has been centered around masks. At this time, there are no state or federal orders for masks to be worn in school buildings or on school grounds. Districts were informed last week by the Health Department that the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a federal order that masks be worn by all individuals riding a school bus unless there is a medical exception. Districts across the state have asked for specific guidance from state officials in reference to this federal order. The Governor shared late last week that he will be sharing K-12 school guidance soon.
What is the mask plan at AWLS? Based on the above information and data, the District plans to have masks optional for students and staff in the school buildings and on school grounds at the start of the upcoming school year. The District is hoping to have masks be optional on school buses as well but will need to wait on the specific legal guidance from State officials about the Federal CDC mask order. Please know that the CDC does recommend that students and staff that are not vaccinated wear a mask while at school and on the bus. If you have specific concerns about masks, I would suggest that you share them with legislators and the Governor’s office. There are proposed legislative bills that have specific language on masks requirements within schools.
In an effort to keep the virus from spreading while at school, the District does plan to utilize some of the safety precautions from this past year. For example, cleaning procedures of facilities and buses will remain, physical distancing of 3 feet or more when allowable, hand sanitizer use as needed, etc. The District will have additional details on these safety precautions after the Governor shares the specific guidance for the upcoming school year that is expected in the next two weeks.
The great news is that we are planning for a school year that will hopefully feel more like it did prior to COVID-19. The District is looking forward to seeing all the students come back to school in person on August 18 and can’t wait for this school year to get started! In the meantime, please take time to relax and enjoy the rest of the summer! Go Generals!!
Dr. Jim Fritz
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