Safe Return To In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
The recently passed American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides substantial federal resources to support states and local school districts, and includes a requirement that districts receiving American Rescue Plan funds must publish local “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans”.
The Batavia Local School District, through a collaborative effort between teachers, students, administrators, staff members, parents, and members of the community, was able to remain open for full time in person instruction for the entire 2020-2021 school year. The two exceptions were the Wednesday remote days at Batavia High School to enable staff to meet the needs of both online and in person learners, and the first week of February, when school had to be shut due to an outbreak of Covid-19 that disrupted operations in the transportation department. Batavia was able to stay open in part due to the strength of the 2020-2021 reopening plan, which can be viewed by clicking here.
In March 2021, the district completed a comprehensive planning process to address student learning loss as well as social/emotional needs as a result of the pandemic. This three year plan (2021 - 2024), which will be funded by ESSER, ESSER II, and ARP funds, can be viewed by clicking here.
For the 2021-2022 school year, the district will be open for full five (5) day a week instruction for all students. The district remote learning option has been discontinued effective the last day of the 2020-2021 school year.
In order to safely stay open, the district strongly encourages all eligible staff and students to be vaccinated against Covid19. The district participated in a county wide staff vaccination effort in February-March 2021, where over 80% of staff members were vaccinated. The district has also hosted three (3) vaccination clinics for students ages 12-18 as well as families and community members. As part of our back to school activities, two school vaccine clinics will be offered in August 2021, which will contain additional Covid vaccine opportunities. In addition, the District will host vaccination clinics for students younger than 12 once Emergency Use Authorizations are granted to either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
In addition to promoting vaccinations, the district will continue to follow all state and federal health and safety mandates. At the time the first version of this continuity of services plan was written (June 2021), all public health orders and the state of emergency have been lifted in the State of Ohio. Upon our return to school in August, the following health and safety protocols will be in place (subject to change based on the course of the pandemic over the summer of 2021):
Masks will be highly recommended for students ages 5-11 for whom vaccines are still not available. Masks will be optional for students ages 12 and up as well as adults.
In K-6 classrooms, desks will continue to be spread out as much as possible.
Frequent hand sanitation will continue to be reinforced.
Buildings will continue to be disinfected according to protocols established in the 2020-2021 Return to Learn plan.
Quarantines will occur at the direction of the Clermont County Department of Health, in conjunction with rules established by the Ohio Department of Health and the Infectious Disease Control Manual.
Covid case counts will continue to be reported according to expectations established by the State of Ohio. The District Covid Dashboard can be viewed here.
Should there be an outbreak of Covid19 that would necessitate a temporary switch to remote learning, the remote learning schedules, originally utilized in February 2021, would be implemented. Any switch to remote learning would be for the shortest duration possible, in order to quell any Covid19 outbreak and return to in person learning as quickly as possible.
Batavia Middle School
Batavia High School
Beginning in July 2021, planning will be underway for the allocation of ARP funds. Public input will be sought in July 2021 on the draft document that must be submitted by August 20, 2021. Once the plan is approved, periodic reviews of the plan will occur every six months through the conclusion of the grant period, which is September 2024.
Created June 17, 2021