Community Update 3.9.2022

Mask Optional

Last night the Board of Education voted to move to mask-optional effective today, March 9, 2022.  Below are the following parameters that the BOE agreed will guide us moving forward:

  • The school district will continue to monitor and report any positive cases of COVID-19 to Hamilton County Public Health.  We will continue to follow the Mask to Stay guidelines recommended by Hamilton County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health.  
    • Mask to Stay (Direct contacts, regardless of vaccination or masking status, may remain in the classroom environment if they do the following):
      • Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure.
      • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of the level of severity).
  • If the county designation moves to a high, as determined by Hamilton County Public Health, the district will return to a mask mandate immediately.  
  • Students, staff, and visitors can choose to continue to wear masks.  If any student, staff member, or visitor sees an individual being bullied as a result of wearing a mask, this action is subject to the enforcement of our bullying policy.  To anonymously report an incident click here.
    • Bullying refers to actions repeated over time that harm, harass, intimidate, or humiliate another person. Typically, there is an imbalance of power (e.g., a difference in physical strength, or popularity) which makes it difficult for the bullied child to defend himself/herself/themselves.

COVID-19 Update

Below is what each transmission level means and how it corresponds to the new guidance: 

  • Low Transmission: (Green) 
    • Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
  • Medium Transmission: (Yellow)
    • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness
      • Talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public
    • If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.
  • High: (Orange)
    • Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings)
    • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness
      • Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection
  • Additional Recommendations:
    • Anyone that is at high risk for severe illness may need to consider masking and take other precautions like staying up-to-date on vaccinations as well as speaking with their Physician.
    • Anyone feeling ill should stay home.
    • If experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – receive testing.
    • People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID19 should also wear a mask. Please note no changes have been made to quarantine or isolation guidance and we will continue to utilize best practices.

COVID Headquarters

We have created a COVID Headquarters on our website.  Please click on the link above to review updated information from the district about COVID-19.  

Please contact Nurse Welling at katewelling@finneytown.org.  You can also text or call our COVID-19 hotline at 513-497-3302.

The 2022-2023 School Year Calendar              

The Board of Education adopted the 2022-2023 school calendar at the February BOE Meeting. 

The Board of Education would like feedback from our families to understand the impact of this calendar’s start date of Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  

Please complete this survey to notify the Board of Education if the Tuesday, September 6, 2022 start date will create a challenge for your family.  We ask that this be completed by Friday, March 25, 2022.  

 Link to Survey or Scan QR Code

ARP ESSER Funds Survey

Finneytown Local School District is reviewing our plans for the ARP ESSER Funds.  Please take a moment to share your input on the use of these Federal Funds by completing this survey. 

District Phones Down March 14 and March 15

Our district phone system will be down on Monday and Tuesday (3/14-3/15) in order to update our server and security.  Please use email as an alternative to communicate with staff.  

IMPORTANT DATES

3/11/22- End 3rd Quarter

3/14-3/18 Spring Break

3/26/22-  PTA Spring Carnival at Whitaker (11:00 AM- 3:00 PM)

3/31/22- Dinner and Discover- What Adults Can Do to “Raise Kids Who Read”