COVID-19 Plan for the 2020-21 School Year 

Click HERE to read about the plan.

 

 

AWLS COVID-19 Data

Current Numbers as of 10/23/2020…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Currently, zero staff and 6 students are positive for COVID-19 (Five students at the high school and one student at the Junior High)

The five positive students at the high school represent approximately 0.2% of the students in that building. In each of these situations, the contact tracing determined the contraction of the virus was from a non-school related exposure. 

The one positive student at the junior high represents approximately 0.1% of the students in that building. In this situation, the contact tracing determined the contraction of the virus was from a non-school related exposure. 

78 students and 3 AW employees are currently in quarantine.

The 78 students in quarantine represent approximately 1.7% of the students in the District. The 3 employees in quarantine represent 0.6% of the employees in the District.

Of the 78 students in quarantine, 36 are at the High School, 14 at the Junior High, 3 at Fallen Timbers, 10 at Monclova Primary, 8 at Waterville Primary, and 7 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. 

Communicate with Building Principals about Learning Opportunities

Anthony Wayne High School hsonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Anthony Wayne Junior High School jhonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Fallen Timbers Middle Schools ftonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Monclova Primary School moonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Waterville Primary School waonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org
   
Whitehouse Primary School whonlinelearninghelp@anthonywayneschools.org

Coronavirus Resources for Anthony Wayne Families

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

General's Pledge

Click HERE to read and complete the General's Pledge

School Closure

Graduation Ceremony Statement

  Graduation Ceremony Info. from Ohio Department of Education

 Click HERE for a pdf of the  ODE Graduation Ceremony Statement

Work Permits During the School Closure

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 webmaster@wagehour.com.state.oh.us.

Extended Closure of School Buildings

The attached order from the Ohio Department of Health extends the closure of school buildings through the end of June.  All academic and extracurricular activities are not permitted in school buildings during this time.

No District facilities will be allowed to be used until further notice, however, it is unknown what this means for  activities beyond July 1st. 

Click HERE to read the order.

District Coronavirus Communications

Good Afternoon Parents and Staff-

Good afternoon! Each Friday afternoon the District provides an update on COVID-19 on the AWLS website. This information can be found at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

Meeting with the Lucas County Health Department & Questions from Parents
On Thursday, area superintendents had our weekly meeting with the Lucas County Health Department. During the meeting we discussed the current rise in positive cases and community spread within the county and the State in relationship to what is happening within our school buildings. As the Governor shared yesterday, “Of the 10 highest days of new cases reported, eight have occurred in the last nine days. Nine have occurred in the month of October alone.” Unfortunately, the positivity rate and COVID-19 hospitalization rate have significantly increased as well since the start of October throughout the State. While we are seeing an increase in the number of positive students and those placed into quarantine, we are not experiencing significant spread of the virus inside our school buildings or our extracurricular activities.  

The District has received questions from some parents asking if we were going to move the high school to a remote schedule for a period of time based on the 5 positive cases. In our District buildings, at this time we do not have significant spread of the virus and the positivity rate is low (see percentages below in the school data report). The hybrid schedule that we have in place plays a part in these low numbers because of the implementation of all safety precautions from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health. Thus, as we discussed in our meeting with the health department, there is no need to change the school schedule at the high school or in the District at this time based on the increased positivity rate and community spread in Lucas County and our AW community.

The District is also receiving questions from parents asking when the school schedule will be changed to the all-in option. At this point, with the high rate of positivity and spread in the community, the hybrid schedule is helping to reduce the possibility of spread of the virus when students are in the building. The AWLS Board of Education will meet again in two weeks (November 9th) and will review the COVID-19 data and school schedule. 

 

COVID-19 numbers this week
Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County as of 10/22/2020:

Lucas County stayed red this week in the State's Alert System. Unfortunately, across the State, more counties went from orange to red this past week. As the Governor stated in his press conference yesterday the number of positive cases across the State continue to rise at this time. 


AWLS COVID-19 numbers this week

Current Numbers as of 10/23/2020…

Currently, zero staff and 6 students are positive for COVID-19 (Five students at the high school and one student at the Junior High)

The five positive students at the high school represent approximately 0.2% of the students in that building. In each of these situations, the contact tracing determined the contraction of the virus was from a non-school related exposure. 

The one positive student at the junior high represents approximately 0.1% of the students in that building. In this situation, the contact tracing determined the contraction of the virus was from a non-school related exposure. 

78 students and 3 AW employees are currently in quarantine.

The 78 students in quarantine represent approximately 1.7% of the students in the District. The 3 employees in quarantine represent 0.6% of the employees in the District.

Of the 78 students in quarantine, 36 are at the High School, 14 at the Junior High, 3 at Fallen Timbers, 10 at Monclova Primary, 8 at Waterville Primary, and 7 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. 

 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Good afternoon! Each Friday afternoon the District provides an update on COVID-19 on the AWLS website. This information can be found at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

COVID-19 Pop Up Testing-

According to the Lucas County Health Department, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community have significantly increased as a result of community spread of the virus over the last 7 days. Last night, the Lucas County Health Department requested to offer a free pop-up drive-thru testing program on Monday, October 19th, from 9am to 2pm in the front parking lots of the AW campus buildings on Finzel Road. The Ohio National Guard will run this pop-up drive-thru testing program that is open to anyone, especially those in the AW community. 

Please know that students will not be in session on Monday, there is no cost to the District for this testing, and all testing will be completed while individuals are in their cars in the parking lot. All testing will be done in a secure and safe manner by the Lucas County Health Department and Ohio National Guard. Due to all the safety precautions taken, the school grounds and testing environment are safe for individuals on the grounds or in the facilities while the testing is in progress. If you would like to take advantage of the free testing the health department asks that you complete the registration materials prior to coming (but not required) and they will be available later today at:

https://www.lucascountyhealth.com/covidtest/ 

Travel Advisory-

With Indiana added this week to the travel advisory list I have been asked about the District policy on travel. Please see our response below.

The State has a travel advisory chart that is updated each week. The chart shares a list of states the Ohio Department of Health would advise Ohio residents to not travel to at this time. With a positivity rate of 15% or more, if Ohio residents travel to these states, they are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days. This self-quarantine is not a requirement, but a recommendation. The school district can’t require students to self-quarantine based on a travel advisory to those states but would advise against travel to those states based on the high positivity rate. You can review this information and the states on the list at:

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/COVID-19-Travel-Advisory/COVID-19-Travel-Advisor

COVID-19 numbers this week

Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County as of 10/16/2020:

Lucas County changed from orange to red this week in the State's Alert System. Unfortunately, across the State, more counties went from orange to red this past week. As the Governor stated in his press conference yesterday the number of positive cases across the State are rising at this time. 

AWLS COVID-19 numbers this week

Current Numbers as of 10/16/2020…

Currently, zero staff, one coach and 3 students are positive for COVID-19 (Two students at the high school and one student at the Junior High)

57 students and 5 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 data and risk for transmission at school each week. 

Thank you, 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Good afternoon! Each Friday afternoon the District will provide the following update of COVID-19 on the AWLS website. This information can be found at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/Coronavirus

COVID-19 numbers this week

Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County as of 10/8/2020:

Lucas County stayed orange this week in the State's Alert System. Unfortunately, across the State, there were several counties that went from yellow to orange and orange to red over the last two reporting periods. As the Governor stated in his press conference yesterday and today (from the Toledo-Lucas County Airport) the number of positive cases across the State are rising at this time. 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS COVID-19 numbers this week

Current Numbers as of 10/9/2020…

  • Zero staff and 3 students are positive for COVID-19 (Two students at the high school and one student at Waterville Primary)
  • 48 students and 3 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 data and risk for transmission at school each week. 

 

Thank you, 

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

COVID-19 Data and the School Schedule

Public, private, and charter schools are all different in student enrollment, facility capacity, and limited by the ability within specific buildings to put in place COVID-19 safety precautions for students and staff.  Recent news stories have shared that some schools are utilizing the all-in, hybrid, or remote schedule at this time. Most of these news stories highlight the reasons why the specific District is using the specific schedule at this time. Ottawa Hills and Maumee have decided to go from a remote schedule to an all-in schedule over the last couple of weeks. In both of those cases, significant decreases in student enrollment over the years has allowed both districts to maintain all safety precautions including six feet of physical distance while having all students in their buildings. In our school district, if we go all-in, the distance between students for most of their day would be three feet or less and other safety measures would need modification to allow for the increased number of students in the buildings. Springfield, Washington Local, Toledo Public, and Sylvania are either just into the hybrid schedule or will be transitioning in the month of October. Oregon has stated they will transition from the remote schedule to the hybrid schedule to the all-in schedule over the month of October into November.

The Lucas County Health Department (LCHD), following the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines, put out their recommendation back in August that schools in Lucas County should start the school year on a remote schedule based on the level of COVID-19 in the community. The Anthony Wayne Board of Education made the decision at their August board meeting to start the school year in a hybrid schedule based on COVID-19 data in our area. Each week, the District reviews publicly available COVID-19 data from the ODH and the LCHD to determine the risk of transmission of the virus in school buildings. In addition, the District reviews the positivity rate of staff and students and the number of staff and students in self-quarantine. Currently, based on the CDC indicators for the risk of transmission of the virus in the school buildings, there is a moderate to higher risk of transmission in schools in our District. Thus, based on this level of risk of transmission, the CDC would recommend the use of the hybrid schedule to mitigate the potential spread of the virus at school. This risk of transmission, along with the positivity rate and number of students/staff in self-quarantine, the State of Ohio Public Health Advisory System (see below in the diagram), and the ability to have in place the safety precautions for students and staff, are all factors that are a part of the school schedule decision making process for the District. 

The great news is over the last three weeks the data has improved and lowered the risk of transmission in the District. Thus, we are closer to the transition to the all-in schedule than we were in August. The timeline of this transition will depend on the positivity rate continuing to go down, the CDC risk of transmission to continue to go down, and the ability of the District to maintain safety precautions that are appropriate for the level of potential transmission in the school buildings. 

COVID-19 numbers this week

The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County as of 9/30/2020:

 

Lucas County stayed orange this week in the State's Alert System.

 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 10/2/2020…

No students or staff members are positive for the virus at this time. 

41 students and 4 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 data and risk for transmission at school each week. We are hopeful that the September trend of a decrease in the positivity rate will continue into October! Thank you for all of your help in reducing the spread of this virus in the community and in our schools.

Thank you, 

Jim Fritz

Superintendent

What we do now will determine what happens in the next two to four weeks…

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicators for the risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools was updated on September 15th. The good news is that because the COVID-19 positivity rate in the area has gone down, the likelihood of transmission of the virus has gone down in the community. The District is hopeful that if the positivity rate continues to go down, the risk for transmission will go down, and we can move to the all-in schedule. If we are going to have this data trend continue, the District needs your help to make this happen by continuing to utilize COVID-19 safety precautions at school and in the community.

COVID-19 numbers this week

The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

 Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County as of 9/23/2020:

Lucas County stayed orange this week in the State's Alert System.

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 9/25/2020…

1 Monclova staff member and 3 high school students are currently positive for the virus and are in isolation. Through contact tracing, it was determined that the positive cases resulted from contact with positive people outside of the school district. 

28 students and 0 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 data and risk for transmission at school each week. We are hopeful that the September trend of a decrease in the positivity rate will continue!

Thank you, 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

School Calendar Change
The AWLS Board of Education adjusted the 2020-21 school calendar at the September board meeting by removing the 2-hr delay for professional development on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. With the COVID-19 disruption to this school year, we believe another disruption at this time was not beneficial to students and the staff. Thus, students attending school on the day will report at their normal times.

Enrollment 
At the start of every school year, the District analyzes student enrollment numbers. You can view the enrollment report that was provided to the Board of Education members at the September board meeting. The District believes that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the overall enrollment decreased by over 100 students who opened enrolled to other area schools or decided to be homeschooled at this time. You can view the enrollment report HERE:

COVID-19 numbers this week
The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

Here are the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases in Lucas County:


Lucas County stayed orange this week in the State's Alert System.
 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:
 

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 9/18/2020…

No students or staff are currently positive for the virus.
28 students and 4 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

Please know that students and staff are currently being placed into self-quarantine by the Lucas County Health Department based on having two or more symptoms that are on the below COVID-19 list but also are common symptoms of illnesses this time of year. Thus, the common cold, allergies, and other common illnesses this time of year may result in being placed into self-quarantine by the health department. 

Thank you, 
Jim Fritz

Superintendent

AWLS Parents & Staff-

Remembering 9/11

Nineteen years ago today. Many of us have memories of this day. This summer I had the opportunity to read the book The Day the World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by author Jim Defede. The book shares the story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, stopped everything they were doing the morning of 9/11 to help 38 passenger airplanes full of people who were diverted to their airport. The people of Gander took these approximately 6700 passengers in, which was almost the entire population of the town, and provided overwhelming friendship, goodwill, and hospitality. This story reminded me of the many times in our own community where individuals needed support and our community stepped up to provide them with what they needed. While we will always remember the tragic events of 9/11, we should also remember the positive and patriotic actions that happened immediately after that morning throughout our country. 

 

Ohio Department of Health New Order for Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Last Friday afternoon the Ohio Department of Health released a new order requiring K-12 school districts to notify specific individuals in regards to COVID-19 cases. Specifically, the order requires school districts to provide:

Written notification to parents or guardians of all students who share a classroom space or have participated in a school activity with an individual (student or staff member) who is positive for COVID-19.

Written notification to parents or guardians of students who attend a school building where there is a positive case for COVID-19.

The District will comply with this order by sending these notifications through email to the identified parents in these situations within twenty-four (24) hours of becoming aware of the positive test results. 

In addition, the order asks parents or guardians of students and school employees who have received a positive test result for COVID-19 to notify the school no later than twenty-four (24) hours after receiving a confirmed test result. Please contact AWLS COVID-19 liaisons Kevin Herman (kherman@anthonywayneschools.org) or Lori Williams (lwilliams@anthonywayneschools.org) and/or by phone at (419) 877-5377.

 

Lucas County Health Department Guidance

Each week we meet with the Lucas County Health Department for a review of the current COVID-19 data. This week we were informed that the positive rate in Lucas County has gone down from last week. In addition, they informed us that Lucas County would change from Red to Orange in the State Alert system. 

The Health Department has shared several updates that impact when students and staff are quarantined or isolated. One of the biggest changes that have been made is that individuals are now allowed to return to school or work 24 hours after he or she has received a negative COVID-19 test. Another change is that if someone in a household is showing symptoms and tests for COVID-19, other family members do not have to be in quarantine unless they themselves have symptoms or the original person receives test results that indicate he or she is COVID-19 positive. These updated guidelines provide a balance between keeping our students and staff safe while also allowing them back into the building sooner with a negative COVID test or a doctor’s alternate diagnosis. Lucas County Health Department acknowledges we are at the beginning of cold and flu season and these new guidelines help greatly on some commonly seen symptoms within the schools. 

Anthony Wayne Local Schools will now be using THIS decision flow chart to assist our families in their child’s return. If you have any questions about these new guidelines or items pertaining to COVID-19, please contact the nurse in your child’s school building.

 

COVID-19 numbers this week

The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

Information from the Governor & Lucas County Health Department:

 This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

Lucas County went from a red to an orange county in the State's Alert System. 

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Current Numbers as of 9/11/2020…

No students or staff are currently positive for the virus.

34 students and 3 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine. 

Thank you, 
 

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS Parents & Staff-
 
The start of the school year
AWLS is off and running with the start of the school year. We are very excited to see students in the classrooms and involved in activities. This week the staff continue to work to develop relationships with the students, get students into routines for the in-person and remote learning, and start to dive into the content of the curriculum. This experience is new for everyone so we ask for your continued patience, grace, and flexibility as we move into the month of September.

One positive person can result in a major disruption
This week during a Lucas County Health Department meeting school districts were reminded of the procedures when a student or staff member is positive for COVID-19 while at school. I wanted to share their most recent guidance document for your review: 

https://www.lucascountyhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Lucas-County-Back-to-School-COVID-19-Guidance-9-1-20.pdf

Please stay home if you are not feeling well
School districts continue to share with parents, students, and staff to stay home if they are not feeling well or have symptoms related to COVID-19. Please see the below information from the Lucas County Health Department in regards to symptoms:

COVID-19 numbers this week
The District plans to share this COVID-19 data with the community through our website each week. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 

This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

Lucas County remains a red county in the State's Advisory System. The number of cases in Lucas County increased from last week.

The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:

AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

Next week, once we have the new Ohio Department of Health orders, the District will share specific data points to meet this new requirement. 

Current Numbers as of 9/4/2020…

1 student has tested positive and is currently in isolation. 

No staff are currently positive for the virus.

23 students and 1 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who is positive for the virus.

We wish everyone a relaxing and restful Labor Day weekend! Have a great day!! Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Good Morning!
 
Yesterday was the first day in over five months that students were educated in classrooms in our six school buildings. What seemed impossible became possible! The return plan that was collaboratively put together over the summer was implemented today and was a success! This success is a testament to the hard work, flexibility, patience, and grace of our administrators, directors, staff, parents, and students! Thank you for all that you do!!

COVID-19 Data
Yesterday, the Governor shared during his press conference that he will have the Ohio Department of Health issue an order that school districts publicly share COVID-19 data. The District plans to share this data with the community through our website. Please know there are several laws that protect the personal medical information of those who are positive and those who may be in isolation or self-quarantine. Thus, we will not share with the public the names of students and/or staff within the COVID-19 data. 
 
Information from the Governor & Lucas County Health Department
 
This graph is from the Ohio Department of Health website:

  • ~  Lucas County remains a red county in the State's Advisory System.
  • ~  The zip code data of positive cases remains relatively the same as last week. This graph is from the Lucas County Health Department:


 
AWLS's COVID-19 Data…(Based on what has been shared with the District)

~  Current Numbers as of 8/27/2020…
~  2 students have tested positive and are currently in isolation (1 High School and 1 Junior High). 
~  No staff are currently positive for the virus.
~  22 students and 3 AW employees are currently in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who is positive for the virus.  

We are not aware of any spread of or exposure to the virus while participating in activities or work in the District.
None of these individuals were present at work yesterday when school started for some students.
 
Facts about contact tracing...
The District works directly with the Lucas County Health Department when we are made aware of an exposure and/or a positive case. There are times that we know before the health department and there are times where they contact us with this information. Once the District is made aware of this information, AWLS personnel begin the contact tracing of the case. Through the process they are in communication with a representative from the health department. Once the contact tracing is finished, the health department provides the required self-quarantine and/or isolation information to the District. The District will follow the health department directions for self-quarantine and/or isolation. The District then notifies the employees and/or student(s)/parent(s).
 
Thank you and Go Generals!!
 
Jim Fritz
Superintendent

AWLS parents, students, and staff-

The start of the school year is almost here!

Over the last several months, the AWLS staff members have been dedicated to learning new approaches to teaching and learning to be better prepared to serve students no matter what type of school schedule we have during the year. Many staff also worked collaboratively this summer to develop a COVID-19 safety and learning plan that will be followed in order to provide students and staff the safest learning and working environment as possible.

All associated with Anthony Wayne Local Schools know that the start of this school year will be different from any other start before it. With that being said, I want to share the one factor that will not change and that is the District’s unwavering focus on student success during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. 

Student success= [(Academic Growth + Personal Growth) X Hope]

The District will continue to focus on the academic and personal growth of each student while working with them to develop their hope that they can be successful. 

The District understands that before we can focus on student success we must ensure that the students and staff feel safe, we need to help students develop positive relationships with staff and each other, and we must assist students to develop coping and resilience skills when dealing with the COVID-19 virus. We must also make sure that students have all the materials and technology necessary to learn both virtually and in the school building. 

It is understood that students and staff during the school year may be either in quarantine from exposure to a person that may be positive or in isolation as a result of testing positive. The number of students and staff out at one time may vary depending on the level of spread within the community. We understand that this is one of the factors that may impact our school schedule this school year. We continue to monitor several factors that are interrelated to understand the level of concern of this virus such as:

Positivity rates in our District, community, county, and State,

Availability of staff to work within our District,

Availability of PPE and safety supplies,

Ability of the health department to contact trace, and

Guidance and/or orders from local and State public health agencies and medical professionals.

At this time, the good news is that the current positivity rates have gone down in Lucas County over the past couple of weeks. While we are hopeful this trend will continue, we know the numbers can quickly change, as we have seen over the last couple of months.

We have worked on a comprehensive start of school plan. We are looking forward to having students returning to the building on Thursday and implementing this plan. We recognize and understand the importance of being flexible during this period of uncertainty as the virus continues to change our lives in so many ways. We must be patient knowing that students and families are anxious about the unknown; what they do know is that their start of the school and many of the opportunities associated with it will be different from any they have experienced in the past. Please know that as the District continues to adapt to current and new Ohio Department of Health orders and Lucas County Health Department recommendations. With all of the safety and procedural changes each day, there will be anxiety and frustration; please use grace as we continue to adapt to this new environment. 

With patience, grace, and flexibility, we can develop the hope within all of our students that they can be successful. With this hope and our work to meet their basic needs, the environment will be maximized for both academic and personal growth! We can do this together! 

Thank you and Go Generals!!

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AW Parents and Staff:

I would like to share the following updates with you:

Athletics
The Governor shared yesterday that both contact and non-contact sports will be allowed to continue this fall season. The OHSAA did modify the football regular season making it six weeks and created a playoff schedule in which all teams automatically qualify for a first round game. All remaining sports will continue with their schedules; they may have been or may be modified as a result of COVID-19 as well. Participation in athletics is up to the parent and the player; therefore, they are the ones that need to consider the potential medical issues that may arise from participating in athletics and determine if they want to participate or not this fall season.

The experience for fans will be different during the fall sport’s season as a result of COVID-19 and the Governor’s requirements that were released on Tuesday, August 18. School district’s have heard what was shared by the Governor, but are still waiting to receive the official order from the Ohio Department of Health. Once we have the order the District will finalize plans for many items related to spectators and game procedures. There will be additional communications on these items after the District has finalized these plans.

Positive cases will happen…
Since July 4th, the State of Ohio has seen an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Due to this Lucas County has been designated for most of July and August as red according to the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. In the southwest section of Lucas County, there are positive cases in our community. As of July 1, there have been 10 student athletes and 6 employees that have tested positive for COVID-19 and 27 student athletes, 3 band members, and 6 employees placed in self-quarantine from exposure to someone who has tested positive. 

COVID-19 Exposure or Positive Cases
This past weekend, there was a news story about a party that involved area high school students. Some parents have shared with the District that AW students were present at the party in Sylvania where COVID-19 safety precautions were not taken by those in attendance. If students and other individuals attend this type of event and someone is COVID-19 positive, there is a significant chance that more individuals will contract the virus and the spread will increase.

So that all are informed of what happens in the case of a student being exposed or testing positive, I would like to share some procedural information based on the requirements from the Lucas County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The hyperlinks below explain the requirements that will cause students or others to self-quarantine and/ or isolate.

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/COVID_Parent_Information.pdf

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/COVID_Return_to_School.pdf

If you want students educated in the buildings, you must take action…
There is a saying “Event + Response = Outcome.” We know that we can’t control the COVID-19 Event; however,  we can control our Response to it which will affect the Outcome. If you want students being educated in the physical school buildings or to participate in extracurriculars,  you must take action! Parents and students must mask up, keep adequate physical distance, cover up when sneezing or coughing, monitor their daily health, wash their hands on a regular basis, and make sure they are utilizing adequate cleaning of their spaces they occupy. Even though there are plenty of advertisements of all of these safety items on social media, television, and radio, there are still individuals that choose to ignore them. Please positively encourage each other to follow these simple safety measures so we can have everyone back in the buildings learning and so students can participate in extracurricular activities. 

Patience, Grace, and Flexibility
This year will be different than any other year in the history of our District. Our success in this new journey will be dependent on everyone in our community and District having patience, grace, and flexibility. There will be obstacles to overcome, but I am confident that if we face these challenges together, we will accomplish great things and see much success!

Thank you,

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

Dear AWLS Parents & Staff-

I wanted to share this update with you today.

School Schedule
The Anthony Wayne Board of Education voted today that the District would be beginning the start of the 2020-2021 school year with a hybrid schedule; this means that students will receive schooling in person part of the week and will be learning from home for a part of the week. Students with the last names beginning with A-L will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and students with the last names beginning with M-Z will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays. You can expect additional information this week from your child’s building principal with information concerning the start of the school year.

Through the many emails, phone calls, and personal conversations, the District realizes that many people wanted this as an option; however, others supported a virtual start to the school year or a five days in person option. At this time, we have the decision on how we will be starting the school year and must all come together to make the start as safe and successful as possible. The administration, staff, and I are committed to our students and families and will work hard with you all to accomplish this task.

Athletics
Today, I had the opportunity to meet with the Lucas County Health Department in regards to 7-12 athletics. As a result, AWLS will follow the OHSAA and Ohio Department of Health recommendations and continue with practices for contact sports and competitions/practices for non-contact sports while the health department reconsiders their recommendations.  Also, please know that the Governor is expected to address 7-12 athletics this week during a press conference. 

AW On-line Academy  
If you are interested in the AW On-line Academy, we have extended the deadline to register until noon on Thursday, August 13, 2020. You can register at: https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/AWOnlineAcademy

The registration will be closed on Thursday (8/13/2020) at noon.

Change in the Calendar
The 2020-21 school calendar was adjusted by the Anthony Wayne Board of Education. The change will move the start of the school year from August 20 to August 27. You can view the calendar at:

https://www.anthonywayneschools.org/files/CALENDAR_2020_21_BD_Approved_2019_12_09.pdf

Thank you,

Jim Fritz
Superintendent

What you should know about COVID-19

Additional Resources

Important links and phone numbers

Click on each icon for links and additional information.

 

 

  800-232-4636

 

Free Breakfast & Lunch for Kids  Click HERE for details.

 

    833-427-5634

 

    419-213-4100

 

  419-352-8402