FAQ about Fall 2020

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Reopening Plans

The FLSD reopening plan has changed in order to provide a better educational experience for our students by utilizing Finneytown staff for both options.
Guidance from Hamilton County and state health officials, Ohio Department of Education, American Pediatrics Association, the Ohio Education Association, as well as feedback from Finneytown families and staff was taken into consideration.
No. We are asking parents/guardians to commit for 1 semester. Due to staffing, parents/guardians will need to stick to their decision.
All students will work on school work virtually.
The learning on Wednesday will be independent. Students will be working on what teachers have already assigned and will look different depending on the teacher. It could include small group work or meeting one-on-one with a teacher. Teachers and staff also have office hours on Wednesdays. Staff will be participating in professional development. We are also hoping to have some collaborative learning experiences with our community members and families.
Yes, virtual open house information will be shared by building principals.
Yes for AM only. More info to come.
The times are a bit different at each building because the starting times are different. It is basically 3 hours in the morning for Flex students (either eLearning or in class) and 3 hours in the afternoon for Virtual Campus students. FLEX Campus STUDENTS Brent-8:30 to 11:30 Whitaker- 9:00 to 12:00 Secondary- 8:00 to 11:00 VIRTUAL Campus STUDENTS Brent - 12:30 to 3:30 Whitaker - 12:45 to 3:45 Secondary- 12:00 to 3:00
Yes- a Finneytown teacher will be teaching your child/children enrolled in the virtual campus.
Hybrid means students would attend school in person 4 days a week (M, T, & Th, F) for 3 hours in the morning. Students will continue their learning outside of their morning or afternoon sessions. They would be able to get breakfast and can purchase lunch to go as they leave the campus.
We will be re-evaluating our options in late October/early November and will share information with families about 2nd semester prior to winter break.
We recognize there are a wide variety of school reopening plans across the area and nation. Using guidance from local, state, and national health agencies, our families, and staff, we designed a plan based on what is best for Finneytown students.
We recognize the current circumstances provide challenges for families. Parents/guardians will need to work with their daycare providers to ensure their child/ren attend(s) class. Also, teachers, building principals, and counselors can work with families to create a plan for success. Truancy laws are still in effect and attendance will be taken daily.
All students, regardless of campus choice, will engage in eLearning through October 23rd/First Quarter. We will reassess for the second quarter (for Flex campus) and the second semester (for all).
Our certified staff returns next Monday. Our teams will work to develop a learning structure to maximize student academic and social growth. As soon as we know more we will share. This will likely take 1-2 weeks.
Absolutely. You can contact your child’s Principal or Superintendent Noe to talk specifically about your child/children.
Yes. Building principals will send out information regarding material pickup.
Roughly 40% of our families have picked Virtual Campus for all of the 1st semester.
The counselors can be reached by email and will be reachable by phone next Monday.
Teachers and staff will have office hours during which students can just “drop in.” Wednesdays could also be a time when a teacher and student have a set time to meet one-on-one.
First, thank you so much for this question. Our community’s desire to support student learning has always been and continues to be a strength.
Secondary students in the Flex campus will have 3 bells in the morning (8:00 - 11:00; M, T, Th, F). The PM session for Virtual campus students (12:00 - 3:00; M, T, Th, F) will mirror the AM session. So, over 2 days, students will have all 6 of their bells. Specific details about the schedule at each building will be shared by building principals soon.
When developing this plan, we wanted to provide the best educational experience for our students. By choosing half-days, we are able to utilize Finneytown staff for both campuses. We know that students thrive on routines and structure, so choosing 4 half days allows for a more consistent educational experience.
Yes, there will be a synchronous schedule for students in both options. Specific details of the schedules will be shared by building principals soon.
You can contact your child’s/children’s counselor.
Only students enrolled in Flex campus will attend school, if we are in the hybrid model. All classrooms will be set up for safe social distancing.

Safety Measures

Yes, everyone will need to wear a mask at all times on a bus or in the buildings and outside when closer than 6' to someone.  
Physical distancing and face-covering requirements will be consistent among all grade levels based on state and local health organizations' guidance.
Masks need to cover the mouth and nose, be kept in place, and worn properly.
Students should provide their own masks but each school will have some disposable masks if needed.
Face covering waivers can be applied for with the district nurse. A note from a doctor is necessary for a waiver to be considered.
Staff will work with students to encourage the use of face masks if no waiver is received. Parents/guardians will be notified and asked to help. If a student continues to refuse to wear a mask as requested, the student will be expected to participate in classes through eLearning.
The student will be assessed by the school nurse or health aide. If fever or other symptoms related to COVID 19 are present, the student's guardian will be notified to pick up the child. The student will then need to be out of school until symptoms and fever-free for 3 days without medication. If tested, the parents should contact the school with results. The student should participate in eLearning while not in school.
Each school will have a separate location for students who are presenting COVID-19 symptoms.
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school Nurse or Health Aide will notify families involved, similar to notification of other infectious diseases, such as whooping cough. The district will work with the Hamilton County Health Department. Based on their recommendation, the district will communicate expectations.
Yes. Per the CDC and Hamilton County Health Department guidelines, any member of the same household as a person who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 consecutive days.
Hand sanitizer will be available throughout all of our buildings. Additionally, cleaning kits will be given to each teacher for sanitizing workspaces throughout the day. Visitors will not be allowed into the buildings to cut down on exposure. Each night, buildings will be cleaned and sanitized. On Wednesdays, all buildings will be deep cleaned and sanitized.
Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available.
If sick, students and staff are to stay home and call to let the school know. Temperatures are to be taken each day before school and if over 100, the person is to stay home and notify the school. Temperatures will also be taken as students enter the building. Students are to remain 6' apart and wear masks at all times. Routine handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be taught.
The person must stay home for 10 consecutive days, be fever and symptom-free for 3 days without medication, and have a letter from the county health department before returning to school.
Families and staff should do a health assessment each morning before coming to school or getting on the bus. This includes taking temperatures. If sick, please stay home. Once at school, temperatures will be taken and symptoms checked before entering the buildings.
No. While we deeply appreciate the assistance of our visitors and volunteers, at this time, we will not allow any outside guests in the buildings. Please understand that the more individuals we introduce into our learning environments, the more risk we are introducing to our students and staff, so it’s a small and short-term adjustment we are making for the health and well-being of everyone.
No , it is not. There is a process for getting a mask waiver if your child has a medical reason and note from a doctor and we will have our district nurse work with your family
We will have a waiver form available to parents. This form has to be filled out by a physician to exempt a student from wearing a mask due to medical reasons.
Each school will work to develop procedures to ensure a safe drop off and dismissal. This information will be shared as we approach the 2nd quarter.
We will be going by CDC and Health Dept guidelines. We would anticipate small class sizes to facilitate social distancing in physical classrooms. Cleaning will take place between class changes as much as needed.
"We will be virtual for the 1st quarter to allow families and staff to plan accordingly. We made our decision based on what was best for our students. There are 770 cases in 45231, the highest in our area, in comparison to other zip codes in Hamilton County that only have 150, 30, 3. "
Yes, If a child or family member tests positive, parents do need to inform us and the health department will inform us as well. We have been assigned a contact tracer and they will let us know if someone connected to the school tests positive. If a student tests positive, they have to stay home 10 days and be 3 days symptom and fever free without medication. If they are exposed, they have to stay home 14 days.
If a student is sick at home, but able to participate in eLearning they will be in attendance. If they are unable to participate, then this will be counted as an absence. Our teams will work with families.
Although we do not have AC in all classrooms, rooms without AC do have windows than can be open to help with ventilation.
This will be determined by our State and Local Health agencies.
Second quarter, all learning spaces will be routinely cleaned and sanitized.
If we are back in a hybrid situation, we will design a schedule that allows for the necessary distance

Curriculum and Instruction

Finneytown Flex class sizes will be smaller to allow for social distancing and transitions will be limited.
We will continue to provide accommodations and services.
Some class changes are necessary but these will be reduced as much as possible.
Yes. Students will have a virtual schedule with designated class times. In addition, the coursework will not be as independent as it was in the spring.
Students will continue their learning outside of their morning or afternoon sessions. Our staff development this August and throughout the year will center on designing instruction that is much improved compared to this past spring, which will ensure more engaging and connected eLearning and in-person learning experience. Our plan allows our staff to collaborate with colleagues, design lessons and projects, and connect with students and families in order to facilitate meaningful and authentic learning. We are excited by the opportunity to re-imagine the ways we teach our students.
Yes, we will have set class times for eLearning. FLEX Campus STUDENTS (1st Quarter) Brent-8:30 to 11:30 Whitaker- 9:00 to 12:00 Secondary- 8:00 to 11:00 VIRTUAL Campus (1st & 2nd) Brent - 12:30 to 3:30 Whitaker - 12:45 to 3:45 Secondary- 12:00 to 3:00
We acknowledge that this is tricky! During the three weeks of professional development, all teachers will be working to create developmentally appropriate content. Our Kindergarten teachers will work diligently to create meaningful kindergarten learning experiences. Young students will not be expected to be “online” for three hours.
There will not be scheduled evening times with a teacher. However, students will have the flexibility to work on assignments during the evening
Students will be expected to be online for each class, but will not necessarily be online the entire time. They could be put in small groups for breakout groups and could have time to work independently and then come back together. The teachers will design and communicate this more specifically.
As of July 9, 2020, ODE says, "Under newly enacted legislation for the 2020-2021 school year (Section 18 of House Bill 164 of the 133rd General Assembly), no district, community school, STEM school or chartered nonpublic school shall retain a student in the third grade who does not meet the promotion score of 683 on the Ohio’s State Test for grade 3 English language arts if the student's principal and reading teacher agree that other evaluations of the student's skills in reading demonstrate the student is academically prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade. This provision applies to students who are in third grade for the 2020-2021 school year and would be enrolling in the fourth grade for the 2021-2022 school year, unless retained."
HS band and orchestra will still be offered. The exact time is still to be determined and will be figured out with staff once they return on August 17th. Information about the specific times for the daily schedule will be shared by building principals soon.
Yes. Based on the numbers and information we have right now, the same teacher would teach in-person (if Flex gets to hybrid) and eLearning (for the virtual campus)
Students will be expected to be online for each class, but will not necessarily be online the entire time. They could be put in small groups for breakout groups and could have time to work independently and then come back together. The teachers will design and communicate this more specifically.
We acknowledge that this is tricky! During the three weeks of professional development, all teachers will be working to create developmentally appropriate content. Our Kindergarten teachers will work diligently to create meaningful kindergarten learning experiences. Young students will not be expected to be “online” for three hours.
Yes students will still have specials/electives (art, music, PE/health, etc.)
Similar to chromebook pickup, students will receive materials needed before classes begin
There will not be MAP testing throughout the year. We are working on revising our assessment plan to make sure we monitor our students' learning and growth. Guidance has been provided by ODE.
Materials that are needed for learning will be available pick-up with devices or at another time.
Students from both campuses will log in 4 days a week for classes (M, T, Th, F). On Wednesdays, they will have the option of virtually meeting with teachers for office hours.
This will vary by building, but the plan allows for a schedule that is manageable for students, families, and staff. More information will follow soon.
Supply lists will be available in the coming weeks. Teachers will return next week and will help adapt the lists to accommodate eLearning.
Students will still have Phys Ed, even virtually. Exactly what it looks like depends on the teacher.
Students will receive their schedules soon. Staff returns on Monday, August 17th and counselors will be working on them. Information with the exact date when schedules will be shared will be sent out by the principal soon.
Teachers will have online office hours for students to check in if they have questions about their academic work.
Teachers will design the lessons with the understanding that not all students have access to a printer. We envision that most things will be submitted electronically.
The Ohio Department of Education adjusted graduation requirements this past spring, taking the Pandemic into account and have also indicated the requirements for the Class of 2021 will change because they recognize students have not had testing.
Speech and Language Services are planned to be delivered through our virtual platform (Google Meets). IEP teams will meet to discuss specific student needs and make adjustments as needed.
Initially, students may need assistance to get acclimated to the new mode of learning. Students will have the option to work collaboratively and can check in with their teachers during office hours as needed
Teachers and parents/guardians will interact through Google Classroom.
Our grade-level teams will work to create learning opportunities to practice and develop skills such as handwriting.
Mentor groups will still meet daily (except Wednesday), even virtually.
HS band is still offered and they will meet virtually. The exact time is still to be determined and will be figured out with staff once they return on Monday. Information about the specific times for the daily schedule will be shared by building principals soon.
Teachers will be designing the lessons and the structure of the bells/class time. We will be using Google Meets and teachers will offer mini-lessons / live sessions with students. However, students will not be in Google Meets sessions non-stop, every day. Instruction will include small group time; independent learning; one-on-one sessions with the teacher.
The teachers will be creating developmentally appropriate lessons to meet student needs. We recognize that it will be difficult for younger students, but are confident that they can be successful through teacher and parent support.
During the second quarter, if we are in the hybrid model, students enrolled in the Flex Campus will attend class in the morning. Students will not go to class full days on the hybrid plan.
Yes. We will monitor our students' engagement and learning. We will provide support and collaborate with families to ensure students are making academic and social growth.
Yes. Students enrolled in Flex campus and Virtual Campus will receive the same curriculum.
The coursework aligns with Ohio Learning Standards. The hours of instruction meet the requirements set by Ohio. The coursework is designed/developed by grade level teams and/or departments. In addition to the 3 hours of instruction daily, students will engage in independent and/or collaboration with peers, and support from teachers.
Students are not expected to be online the entire afternoon. Teachers will craft lessons and learning experiences that allow for independent learning. Students will be able to practice the skills that were taught earlier in the day.
Students will follow a virtual schedule each week with designated class times, independent assignments, and collaborative learning as assigned by a Finneytown teacher. Daily attendance will be taken. Parent/guardian involvement in their student's learning is essential.
Students and parents will work with staff to complete missing work.

Breakfast and Lunch

Yes. Breakfast and lunch will be available to students. More information including prices are available at the following link: https://finneytown.org/docs/departments/food-services/
Yes. Virtual Campus students may come to the Secondary Campus to pick up lunch. More details will be shared and posted in the coming weeks.
Yes, we will still offer food pick up each week during the first quarter. We will send out the times and dates soon.

Transportation

Yes, K-8 students who live more than two (2) miles from the school are eligible to receive transportation. Busing will be provided to the Oaks from the Secondary Campus. Transportation will be provided to Assumption Preschool.
One student per seat following social distancing guidelines (except for siblings). Masks must be worn. Hand sanitizer will be available. Buses will be sanitized regularly.
We are looking to add additional crossing guards to support students walking to school. safely.

Technology

Please contact your building counselor.
Yes. FLSD students enrolled in the Flex and Virtual Campuses will receive a school-issued device.
All students will receive technology needed to complete eLearning.

Beyond the Classroom

No. Students must leave campus after their morning classes.
At this time, non-contact sports like Volleyball, Golf, and Cross Country are continuing as usual. Football and Soccer are allowed to practice and scrimmage within their own team but not with teams from other schools. We will update as we receive more information.
Students will continue to have recess while maintaining safety protocols.
We know how important it is for families and staff to meet and connect at the beginning of the year.
School supply lists and schedules will be shared soon.
Virtual Open Houses will occur before the school year begins to acclimate students to the building.
Please reach out to our district social worker. We will gather resources to assist.
Mental Health services will continue to be available. Catalyst continues to partner with our school district to meet the mental health needs of our students. We are planning with them and will release updates on the providers, referral process, and the service model.
We will have before school extended care on the days students attend school, but we will not have after school care. It will be for Brent and Whitaker students