Plan for Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
Policies for Incorporating Mitigation Strategies
Universal and correct wearing of masks
During the 2020-2021 school year, masks were required in all Euclid Schools buildings and at all Euclid Schools activities. Our in-person learning plan, posted on our website, and emailed to all faculty, parents and families, included guidance on how to properly wear masks. We also included instructional videos on the website, and staff received COVID-19 safety training at the start of the school year via Public School Works.
We will begin the 2021-2022 school year with masks optional in our school buildings. We will again include guidance on how to properly wear a mask in our updated in-school learning plan which will be posted on our website and emailed to all faculty, parents and families. Staff will again receive COVID-19 safety training at the start of the school year via Public School Works.
We began the 2020-2021 school year online with the exception of our CTE classes which were conducted in-person via a hybrid model in order to assure six feet of physical distance. As other students returned during quarters two and three, we continued to conduct classes with a cohort hybrid model ensuring six feet of distance between all individuals. During quarter four, we invited all students who wanted to learn in person back into our buildings, assuring three feet of distance and six feet where possible, per the AAP guidance.
We will begin the 2021-2022 school year by giving all students who desire to learn in person the opportunity to do so. Our classrooms and cafeterias will be set up to assure three feet of distance. We will have signage throughout the buildings reminding everyone of the space requirement and will arrange classroom seating to accommodate this procedure.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
During 2020-2021, our in-person learning plan, posted on our website, and emailed to all faculty, parents and families, included guidance on how to properly wash hands. We also included instructional videos on the website, and staff received COVID-19 safety training at the start of the school year via Public School Works. We will continue these procedures during the 2021-2022 school year.
Cleaning and maintaining health facilities, including improving ventilation
At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Euclid Schools installed bipolar ionization systems in our school buildings. This technology kills airborne viruses (including COVID-19), pathogens, mold spores, odors, and other harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We will continue to maintain this system going forward.
Additionally, we implemented more frequent cleaning practices, including sanitizing high touch surfaces throughout the day and using the Clorox Total 360 electrostatic sprayer in all rooms each night.
Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the state and local health departments
During 2020-2021, we updated our quarantine policy (and our in-person learning plan) in accordance with CDC and Cuyahoga County Board of Health guidance throughout the year. We outlined contact tracing protocols with employees and district leaders with the Assistant Superintendent overseeing and facilitating the process.
All employees are to report positive cases to the Director of Human Resources and contact tracing begins there. All students are to report positive cases to building principals and contact tracing for this group begins there.
We maintain a database indicating when individuals can discontinue isolation/quarantine.
Diagnostic and screening testing
In April 2021, the district received COVID-19 rapid tests. We have been able to supply these to families to test children who have been exposed to positive cases in order to shorten quarantine requirements.
We will follow Cuyahoga County Board of Health guidance in the fall of 2021 on the best ways to continue to utilize these tests.
Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff and eligible students
On February 10, 2021, the District participated in a vaccination clinic where all employees were provided an opportunity to get vaccinated. The District also coordinated a date for the second dose of the vaccination on March 3, 2021.
On April 26 and May 17, 2021, the District facilitated on-site vaccination clinics for eligible students and community members. We have also continued to provide information about vaccination sites on our website and via social media.
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies
Students with medical (or IEP) documentation who indicated an inability to wear a mask were excused from the mask requirement and offered face shields. Though efforts were made to maintain prescribed levels of physical distance, all students were provided necessary services, including one-on-one aids, where appropriate. Students who would like to wear masks or face shields during the 2021-2022 school year will be allowed to do so.
Plan to Address Continuity of Academic and Non-Academic Services
Describe how you will address continuity of services for students and staff, where needed, in the following areas:
In the event that a student is restricted from in-person learning, we will continue to provide academic services through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lessons.
All students are provided a ChromeBook or iPad and through work with a community partner, PCs for People, we have assured that all families have the opportunity to have Internet access. With these devices, and Internet access, students may be able to utilize Zoom to attend in-person classes from home. We will provide families with information about broadband Internet subsidies, so they can maintain continuous Internet access and receive quality education while home, if the need arises for virtual learning.
Similarly, if teachers need to quarantine, but they are not ill, they may be able to utilize Zoom to teach their lessons from home while another adult monitors students in person.
District social workers (family liaisons) follow up on students who are home because of quarantine due to illness in their home, or who are isolating due to illness. There is also a protocol to follow up on these students within two weeks of their return to school to determine if they need further support.
The District uses the Second Step program to directly target social-emotional learning of students and is in the process of investigating the adult portion of the program for staff.
The District has added a new partner, East Cleveland Neighborhood Center, to add programming to empower youth. The partnership will work to promote emotional wellness and decrease non-academic barriers through self-efficacy, compassion, and evidence-based strategies.
The District partners with outside agencies, including Ohio Guidestone, Bellefaire JCB, Pep Assist, and Applewood to provide mental health support for students and families. Both group and individual sessions are offered throughout the school year. Appointments are available in the building during the school day, after school and virtually. Families may use Medicaid or other private insurance to cover costs.
A Mental Health Coordinator has been added to the administrative staff to create and continue mental health initiatives across the district for students, families, and staff.
In order to reduce quarantine time, the District will provide COVID-19 self-tests to students and families who need to isolate at home. With a negative test after day five, the student will be allowed to return to school after day seven.
Curbside meal distribution was provided at school locations throughout the city during school closures. In 2020 Euclid Schools distributed 263,565 breakfasts 260,428 lunches curbside after the start of the pandemic. We provided take-home meals in-person to students who were attending school in person, and continued curbside distribution for learners who were learning at home.
We plan to begin the 2021-2022 school year by serving meals in the building to in-person learners. However, we will continue to provide curbside meals to our virtual learners.
Describe how you will conduct a review of your plan at least every 6 months.
We will create a COVID-19 task force for the purpose of monitoring this plan. We will meet at least quarterly, though if there are major changes in CDC or Cuyahoga County Board of Health guidance, it may be necessary to convene additional meetings.
The task force will include at least one: student, parent, teacher, family liaison, administrator, buildings and grounds employee, secretary, food service employee.
The task force will review District data, implementation issues, and any updates in health guidance or community/school resources.
Describe how you will revise the plan as appropriate.
Any revisions agreed upon by the task force, or mandated by the state or county, will be adopted in a plan revision, posted on the website, and shared with all stakeholders electronically.
Describe how you will seek public input.
We will conduct a July 2021 survey to get family input on changes to our safety protocols.
We will provide an opportunity for public input on our in-person learning plan on the District website. We will also remind people they are invited to provide this input in the weekly communication from the superintendent.
Describe how you will take public input into account when making revisions.
We will weigh public input against CDC and Cuyahoga County Board of Health guidance. We will also consider it against implementation feasibility. We will present suggestions that are feasible, and in accordance with the current health guidance, to the COVID-19 Task Force for consideration.
Review Period: What revisions were made and why?
We will inform families of updates to the plan if/as they are made. These updates will include a reason why we made changes and will be shared in a conspicuous place on the District website, and in email communications.