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July 27, 2021
Ohio Department of Health Releases Updated K-12 School Guidance
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health released updated recommendations for K-12 schools today. The guidance strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccinations for staff and eligible students; consistent mask-wearing for individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated; and layering prevention measures that include good ventilation, regular cleaning, handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick. The Ohio Department of Health also strongly recommends those who are not fully vaccinated to consistently wear masks, which have proven a very effective tool for reducing the spread of the virus.
During a press conference on Monday, July 26, Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Bruce Vanderhoff, MD explained, “While there are no mandates associated with this guidance, we believe that the recommendations we are issuing are essential to the health of Ohio’s youth and the success of the coming school year. The safety of Ohio’s children is paramount, and the preventive measures that schools take will help protect Ohio’s students.”
To view the guidance, please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/K-12-Schools-Guidance.pdf.
COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment atgettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.
First, please enter the school year with an open mind and flexible attitude. The main goal of UVCC is to keep students and staff safe and in school. As we learned last year, guidelines can change quickly so please please know that any and all decisions by our administration are made with a great deal of care and consideration for everyone involved.
UVCC recommends, but will not require, masks for staff and students to begin the 2021-22 school year.
Students must wear a mask while on a school bus, per federal transportation guidelines
Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures from the previous school year will be maintained.
Student absences due to a Covid 19 diagnosis or quarantine will be medically-excused provided proper documentation of a positive test or note from the health department or a medical official is supplied to the district. These absences will not count against student attendance incentives or awards.
Positive Cases in the Building
Per Miami County Health Department recommendations, parents of affected students will be notified by UVCC staff.
Social Distancing and Seating Charts
Social distancing will be practiced when possible within the building. Instructors will maintain a seating chart when students are seated in a classroom.
Masks are recommended for staff and students, but are not required.
Are students and staff allowed to have patterns on face masks as long as they are school appropriate?
Yes. Refer to the updated student handbook for more details.
Classroom Cleaning Expectations
Staff will be provided with cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer to utilize as needed.
Will students be using lockers?
Teachers are asked to be in the hallways when possible.
Will the periods be the same amount of time?
Is the district offering the free school lunch program again this year?
Yes. The district received approval to offer free breakfast and free lunch to all students through the National School Lunch program through the entire 2021-2022 school year. However, if you would like to be considered for a waiver of school fees, the Free and Reduced Application and Sharing Information with Other Programs forms must be completed. You may contact Amber Banning at 937-778-1980 or email@example.com with questions.
The Upper Valley Career Center Board of Education and its staff are dedicated to provide equal employment opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, age, military status, ancestry, national origin, sex, religion, or disability. The Upper Valley Career Center is in compliance with the following Federal Laws: Title VI, VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act. The Upper Valley Career Center is in compliance with the Title IX regulations. The Title IX Building Coordinator/Grievance Officer Terry McMenamin is located at the Upper Valley Career Center, 8901 Looney Road, Piqua, OH, 45356, (937) 778-1980 ext. 255. The Section 504 Coordinator/Grievance Officer Andrew Snyder is located at the Upper Valley Career Center, 8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH, 45356 (937) 778-1980, ext. 222.
Public Notice | 12.3.19
Case No.: 2:91-cv-00464
The State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education, and various other state-level defendants in a class action lawsuit, have reached a proposed settlement agreement. Our district is not a party in this lawsuit and has not been accused of any wrongdoing in this action. However, the Ohio Department of Education has asked all districts in the State for assistance in notifying parents and students of this proposed settlement agreement, and we are providing this information as a courtesy to the Department. The notice can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Special-Education/Special-Education-Monitoring-System/Doe-Consent-Order.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this proposed agreement, please contact the Ohio Department of Education directly at 877-644-6338. Thank you.
The Student Help Hotline is available 24/7 for calls or texts. 844-SAFEROH