Re-entry Frequently Asked Questions

Re-Entry Plan/Supports

  • How did Fairview develop this plan? This plan was developed in coordination with guidance from the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and close consideration of the feedback generated from our Reimagine School Task Force Committees, surveys, and community feedback. A list of meeting notes, resources, and research can be found on our Research and Resources page.  
  • What is the reasoning behind the hybrid Group 1/Group 2 days? First and foremost, hybrid grouping is a “physical distancing measure.” It is a way of decreasing the density of students in the buildings and classrooms, allowing more space between individuals. See guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Hybrid Learning” is an instructional model that increases capacity for physical distancing while continuing to sustain at least some face-to-face interaction among students and teachers.  The model has been around long enough for educators to have developed some recommendations for effective practice. Here is more information about “Hybrid Learning” as an instructional model.  
  • What will school open houses/transition look like? We will likely not have open houses or “meet the teacher” nights. These events may take place virtually or via pre-recorded video. Our student reentry week, and continuing reliance on hybrid mode, will create lower than usual teacher:student ratios and permit more individualized and small-group transition activities to occur.  For instance, our sixth grade teachers will manipulate the set schedule to prioritize sixth graders’ needs for orientation to middle school, induct students into use of the platform, set goals, build class identity and cohesion, etc. 
  • Will there be family orientations to go over new procedures, etc. for the new school year? Yes. Likely these will be provided via videos from our building principals.  
  • What sort of support will be available for students with special needs? The individual progress of each student receiving special education services will be reviewed by their educational team. When school reopens, the intervention specialists and the general education teachers will work to establish relationships with the students on their caseloads/roster to foster student engagement, social-emotional learning and academics.  Individual IEP teams (including the parent/guardian) will reconvene if needed during the first 6 – 9 weeks of school to assess student needs and delivery of service options.  Data will be an integral part of the decision making process in determining specially designed instruction and time allocations on individual goals when changes are indicated. 

 

School Calendar

  • Will the academic calendar change at all? Do you anticipate extended breaks? We have modified our academic calendar to provide teachers with more time at the beginning of the school year for planning, preparation, and training. So you will not see the typical teacher professional days as we usually have had in the fall and spring. Should any changes be needed, we will communicate directly with all of our families and give them as much advance notice as possible.

 

Remote Learning Option 

  • What will the role of the parent/caregiver be if the Fairview Remote Learning option is selected? Families and/or surrogate caregivers have a major role if Remote Learning is selected.  In remote learning mode, families and teachers partner to support learners. As always, parents are their children’s first teachers.  In remote mode, they take on more responsibility as “learning coaches” for their children.  This is a major commitment of their time and energy.  Essential support from family coaches  includes academic assistance, motivation and encouragement, and assurance of daily attendance.  Communication with teacher(s) is also vital and, when an Individual Education Plan is in place, Intervention Specialist(s).  For K-5, a parent can anticipate a time commitment  for supervision and assistance for 4-6 hours per day.  For 6-8, 1-3 hours per day can be essential to insure student focus and success. For 9-12, 1-2 hours per day may be needed, especially for guidance and encouragement. A variety of support will be available for parents including access to platforms, lesson guides, videos, occasions to connect with other parents, consultation with school/district staff, and miscellaneous academic and parenting resource banks. 
  • How will attendance be taken for students who are utilizing the Remote option? What about if everyone goes Remote again? Note that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) issued guidance for  Attendance in Remote Learning Plans on July 20, 2020;  therefore, we are at this moment, analyzing both the ODE document and, in terms of that document, our provisions. We will build into our Remote learning scenarios (full Remote and Purple-level pivot to Remote), as well as our Hybrid Scenario, more structures and systems than were present in last Spring’s emergency home-based learning. For instance, students will be required to check in with their assigned teacher or “homeroom” mentor by a certain time each day. Otherwise, parents will be contacted just as if the student was expected to be at the building. Per ODE guidance, it is likely that in all 3 scenarios, participation and completion of assignments, versus mere presence or logins, will be tracked and reported as part of attendance.
     
  • If the students are learning with a separate teacher instead of following along with the in-classroom teacher, how will students be transitioned back into the classroom when the time comes?  Grade-level and content-area teaming are always very important. In this unprecedented time, teacher cooperation and collaboration are more important than ever.  It is our intention to closely coordinate timelines and materials in the varied scenarios so that a student could transition fluidly from one to another.  Our platforms, key resources, and major projects will be the same for a student regardless of the scenario they are in. Participation in activities and completion of assignments are visible, recorded, and viewable by multiple teachers and administrators. In addition, we already incorporate great assets for personalizing instruction, such as Reading Eggs, Study Island, and Exact Path; these would not change and a student’s progress would come with them into any scenario.  Remember, it is our heartfelt hope that all our students are able to return to “full steam ahead”  in-person learning.

    Another factor to note:  Remote learning at 6-12 will be a bit different than in grades K-5.  At 6-12, there are currently 2 plans, depending on the number of students in each grade level who request remote learning. If we have a high number of requests,  we will either have teachers with an entire class period(s) (aka, sections) of remote learners.  If we have a low number of requests, students will continue to be included in the originally-scheduled classroom teacher’s rosters and class periods.  Once the student returns to the building, they will simply return back to their originally-scheduled classes.  
  • Will the pace of the curriculum at home match the pace in the classroom? We will assign a “learning facilitator” to the student to assist as a liaison or “super mentor” between the classroom teacher and the student to provide assistance and support.  The classroom teachers and learning facilitators will meet regularly to assure the pace and content match for both in person and remote options.  (The Summit platform allows the flexibility for students to progress at their own speed, so some students could move even faster through content than classroom peers.) 
  • Will students who start the year remote learning still be assigned a regular classroom schedule?  As mentioned above, yes.  There may be a few elective courses we are unable to support in a remote learning mode.  That will depend on the number of families who choose the remote learning option and our remaining staff availability. 
  • Will our technology be utilized to include the students in the school community? Will things such as video lessons from teachers, regular video chats with teachers, and projects with other students be required, as opposed to suggested?  Google Meets between students and teachers will be necessary under this remote learning plan.  We are currently exploring other layers of intersection with the regular classroom that may be included.  Every day synchronous viewing of the classroom will likely NOT be available; however, a classroom teacher may find it advantageous to live stream a particular lesson/lecture, demonstration, or activity.  That will be at the teacher’s discretion.  The inclusion of students in groups with the “in class” students is still being considered and may likely be determined by the number of requests there are for the remote learning option.

 

Academic 

  • If we go to a hybrid or remote learning scenario, how can I help my student stay engaged in learning? It will be crucial to stay in close contact with your child’s classroom teacher(s), mentor, or counselor. For middle and high school students, attendance will be taken each class period. Participation and completion of assignments will be tracked and, per guidance from the Ohio Department of Education, contribute to the attendance record as well as academic performance/grades/promotion/credits. In remote learning mode, parents and teachers partner to support learners. As always, parents are their children’s first teachers.  In remote mode, they take on more responsibility as “learning coaches” for their children.  We understand and appreciate this is a major commitment of their time and energy.  Essential support from parent coaches includes academic assistance, motivation and encouragement, and assurance of daily attendance.  Communication with teacher(s) is also vital and, when an Individual Education Plan is in place, Intervention Specialist(s).  For K-5, a parent can anticipate a time commitment for supervision and assistance for 4-6 hours per day.  For 6-8, 1-3 hours per day can be essential to insure student focus and success. For 9-12, 1-2 hours per day may be needed, especially for guidance and encouragement. A variety of support will be available for parents including access to platforms, lesson guides, videos, occasions to connect with other parents, consultation with school/district staff, and miscellaneous academic and parenting resource banks. Here are 2 potentially helpful resources: Distanced Learning and the Organized Child  Be Prepared for Stay at Home COVID-19

 

  • How will state testing be conducted?  Will students be required to come into the building?  We are unsure about how state testing will be conducted this year.  The ODE had stated earlier this spring that state testing would resume this school year, but they haven’t provided any additional information about testing Ohio State Tests or End of Course Tests since.  We will share that information as soon as it is available. It is interesting to note, however, that last Spring’s Advanced Preparation tests were administered virtually by the College Board. Recently, ODE assured districts that there will be an opportunity for last year’s Juniors who may have missed the state-sponsored ACT to make that up; however, we do not yet have details as to when or how.  NWEA, our partner for MAP testing, is fully prepared to support remote testing as well as use of their additional assets. NWEA will be very valuable to us as teachers assess student skill levels and provide individuals with personalized instruction. You can read more about that here.

 

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

 

  • What will happen with athletics for this school year?  Activities, practices, and schedules may need to be modified to ensure students remain physically distanced and can maintain proper hygiene. Each activity will look a little different, and coaches and advisors will be able to provide you and your students with more information. It remains possible that some or all of our athletic seasons may be restricted or shortened. These decisions are also subject to change during the season depending on the status of COVID-19 in our state and region.

 

 

School Building/Classroom Procedures 

  • Will arrival and dismissal procedures look different? Students and staff will be required to wear masks. Check the Building-Specific Information page for more information. 
  • How many students can I expect to be in my child’s class? Depending on the grade level and size of the room/area, we will be striving to maximize the distance between students and staff.   
  • What will be the before/after care options for K-5 students? We anticipate being able to offer a limited number of before and after care options either at Gilles-Sweet Elementary or Parkview Early Education Center. More details will be provided soon. 
  • For the grades that change classrooms, will desks, tables, and chairs be cleaned between classes?  Absolutely. We have a product that will allow us to sanitize quickly and effectively. 
  • What school supplies will I need for my student this year? Will anything be provided? (Sanitizer, wipes, etc.)? The supply lists for the school year will be very much like those in the past. In addition, students will be required to bring their own face covering.  
  • How will PE and music classes be handled given the close nature of those specials? We are planning to implement as much physical distancing between students in these classes as possible. Check the Building-Specific Information page for details as they become available.
     
  • How will Fairview adhere to social distancing guidelines? We will adhere to three-to-six feet of physical distancing when possible. Our principals are working through guidelines for their individual buildings and will be communicating with parents as we get closer to the start of school.

 

Social-Emotional Supports

  • What resources will be available for students who are dealing with anxiety of returning to school under these circumstances? We realize the return to school may cause a lot of stress and uncertainty for students. Our school counselors will be available to meet with students. We are also implementing additional social/emotional supports and programs during the school day, with specific emphasis on relationship building. There are a number of resources available on our website, under the School Counseling and Family and Community Engagement (FACE) pages.  
  • How was the middle school/high school L1/L2 schedule developed? Feedback from our Reimagine Schools Task Force and family survey indicated that students need the interaction with teachers and the relationship-building components evident in mentoring, communities, etc. All middle and high school students will have a working lunch during their mentorship period. During this time, students will have the opportunity to work with teachers, study, read, or participate in any lessons provided by their mentor teacher. Students will then have the opportunity to meet in the auditorium (plenty of room to social distance) and work with their school counselor for various programming, such as social-emotional supports, career/college prep. 

 

Possible COVID-19 Exposure/Quarantine, etc.

  • What will be the procedure if there is a confirmed exposure or case of COVID-19 in our schools?  When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the school principal will notify all families, similar to notification of other infectious diseases, such as whooping cough. The district will work with the Cuyahoga County Health Department to determine the exposure level on a high, medium or low scale. Based on their recommendation, the county board of health will communicate quarantine expectations.  
  • What if my child becomes ill or develops a fever while at school? As is usual procedure, teachers will be monitoring students for any signs of illness and will direct them to the school clinic to be evaluated by the school nurse. Should the student have a fever, they will remain in the clinic or designated isolation area until a parent or guardian comes to pick them up.  
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for the virus, will all students and staff who came into contact with that person be required to self quarantine?  We would immediately contact the Cuyahoga County Board of Health once we are alerted of a student or staff member who is COVID positive or “probably positive”.  That person will have to isolate for 2 weeks.  All persons who can be contact-traced back to have been in close contact with that person (defined by CCBOH as within 6 feet of the person for more than 10-15 minutes) will be expected to quarantine for 2 weeks and should get a COVID test.  Notifications will be provided to all staff and parents providing as much information that is legally permissible to share. 
  • How will a student who has to self-quarantine due to illness or exposure continue learning for those 2 weeks? What will the student do to not fall behind?   This would be similar to if a student contracted strep throat or flu. The teacher(s) will keep in contact with that student and the various platforms we use (Seesaw at elementary, Summit and Google Classroom at 6-12) will be used to provide access to all work, communication with the teacher, grading of submitted work, etc.  The teachers will be able to use Google Meet to video conference with the student, and phone calls can be made as well.  We are working to provide teachers with more time in their day to be able to work with students under these circumstances.

 

Face Coverings and Health Precautions

  • What constitutes an appropriate face covering? A clean, cloth mask that is tight-fitting and covers the nose and mouth is acceptable.  
  • Will staff be required to wear face covering? Yes.  
  • Which grade levels will be required to wear face coverings? Students in grades K-12. 
  • Will teachers be able to wear clear face coverings or shields? Dependent on the content and comprehension challenges associated with wearing a face covering, we are exploring this option for select classes. 
  • Will face coverings be provided? For students, masks will be available on buses and in schools for those students who have forgotten or misplaced their face covering or don’t have one to wear. If a student repeatedly forgets, the school office will contact the parent/guardian. For staff, the district will provide two face coverings at the beginning of the year. They may wear those or their own personal preferred face covering.  
  • Will temperature scans be required? Families and staff should do a health assessment each morning before coming to school or getting on the bus. If you have any symptoms of illness (fever 100.4 F or over, chills, cough, sore throat, etc.) a student should not be sent to school. More information regarding a daily self-checklist will be coming soon.  
  • What if my student has trouble wearing a face mask? Unless the student has documented medical or developmental reason for not wearing a face covering, it will be required. Our school staff will work diligently to model appropriate mask wearing, including helping to reduce any stigma around a reason for a student not able to wear a mask.  
  • What additional preventative measures will be taken? Hand sanitizer stations will be located at the entrances to all of our buildings, as well as in each classroom. Additionally, cleaning kits will be given to each teacher for sanitizing work spaces throughout the day. Students and staff will be given more opportunities to wash/sanitize their hands throughout the day.  

 

Staff 

 

  • What precautions will be in place for staff? A health and safety plan is in development for our staff.  This plan includes cleaning processes, protocols if an illness is suspected or confirmed (self/family or student), new procedures, and frequently asked questions. 

 

 

 

General School Information

 

  • Where can I find my child’s school supply list? 
  • What are my child’s school hours? Visit the individual school page for school hours. 
  • Will before/after school care be available for school-aged children? We anticipate sharing more information regarding before/after care options soon. 
  • How can my students purchase breakfast or lunch at school? Click here for Food Services information. 
  • I’m new to Fairview Park, how do I register my student? Click here for registration information. 
  • How do I register my child for Kindergarten or pre-school? Click here for registration information. 
  • How Do I check the School Calendar? Click here to view the calendar. 
  • How Do I pay student fees? Click here for more information. 
  • Do I need to update my child’s immunization record? Please visit the School Clinic page for more information.