Research and Resources 

During the planning process for re-opening our schools, the Fairview Park City School District has relied on information and guidelines provided through state and national resources, consortium districts, informed local medical experts, and feedback gathered from parents, staff, and community members via surveys and the ‘Reimagine Schools Community Task Force’ and its subcommittees. 


Below is a general summary of our primary considerations, concerns, and plans for when re-opening our school buildings. 

Provide a 100% Remote Learning Option for K-12 Students 

We know that some parents want their children to continue learning at home. There will be an option for K-12. 

Be prepared to return to remote learning at any time due to widespread illness. – All staff and students prepared to return to remote learning. We are designing structures and systems to deliver remote learning using effective practices, as well as making high quality professional learning available to our teachers and staff. 

Health and Safety: Continue to follow guidance from Governor, ODE, ODH, OHSAA, and Cuyahoga County Health Department. According to ODE’s RESET/RESTART, “Health practices will require new LEARNED BEHAVIORS by students.  Schools should provide specific, age-appropriate INSTRUCTION regarding routine practices for students. This should be ongoing to reinforce the importance of hand washing, physical distancing, appropriate use of face masks, cough and sneeze etiquette, appropriate use of face masks…”

Social Emotional – Support Social Emotional Learning and interaction in spite of physical distancing.  In K-5, utilize the PRIDE houses. In 6-12, strengthen mentoring and reinforce “Habits of Success.” The Family and Community Engagement Coordinator will work to assure that each grade band has specific resources and guidance to respond to student needs.  

Resources: Utilize current budget and staff to fullest extent possible while serving the needs of all students. Keep disruptions to building assignments to a minimum while ensuring safety protocols. Maintain commitment to fiscal responsibility. Maximize use of temporarily available state/federal resources. 

Transportation – Continue to follow guidelines of state agencies. This may impact capacity (at any time) and could require state minimum busing. 

Family Needs – We know our families need childcare. We understand that families need to know the structure of school for the fall ASAP to give them time to plan accordingly. 

Communications – We are committed to regular updates to our families, staff, and community delivered through the district website, social media, email, etc. 

According to the Ohio Department of Education’s “RESET AND RESTART Education” (July 2, 2020), schools and districts are expected “To ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent prekindergarten through grade 12 education. This means the commitment to Ohio’s Learning Standards and the four learning domains described in Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, must continue to be strong. These domains include foundational knowledge and skills, well-rounded content, leadership and reasoning skills and social-emotional learning.” 


From the American Academy of Pediatrics: “With the below principles in mind, the AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented, and there is already evidence of the negative impacts on children because of school closures in the spring of 2020. Lengthy time away from school and associated interruption of supportive services often results in social isolation, making it difficult for schools to identify and address important learning deficits as well as child and adolescent physical or sexual abuse, substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This, in turn, places children and adolescents at considerable risk of morbidity and, in some cases, mortality. Beyond the educational impact and social impact of school closures, there has been substantial impact on food security and physical activity for children and families.


  • School policies must be flexible and nimble in responding to new information, and administrators must be willing to refine approaches when specific policies are not working.
  • It is critically important to develop strategies that can be revised and adapted depending on the level of viral transmission in the school and throughout the community and done with close communication with state and/or local public health authorities and recognizing the differences between school districts, including urban, suburban, and rural districts.
  • Policies should be practical, feasible, and appropriate for the child’s and adolescent’s developmental stage.
  • Special considerations and accommodations to account for the diversity of youth should be made, especially for our vulnerable populations, including those who are medically fragile, live in poverty, have developmental challenges, or have special health care needs or disabilities, with the goal of safe return to school.
  • No child or adolescents should be excluded from school unless required in order to adhere to local public health mandates or because of unique medical needs. Pediatricians, families, and schools should partner together to collaboratively identify and develop accommodations, when needed.
  • School policies should be guided by supporting the overall health and well-being of all children, adolescents, their families, and their communities. These policies should be consistently communicated in languages other than English, if needed, based on the languages spoken in the community, to avoid marginalization of parents/guardians who are of limited English proficiency or do not speak English at all.

April 2020: Planning for 2020-2021 School Year Begins 

May 4 – July 20: Reimagine Schools Task Force Meetings, biweekly with subcommittees meeting in the off-weeks 

June: Family/Teacher Survey Distributed 

July 2: Guidance for Schools Released by Governor DeWine: July 2, 2020 

July 13: Task Force Meeting – Review Draft of Comprehensive Re-entry Plan 

July 14: Draft of Reopening plan presented to Board of Education

July 15: Draft of Reopening plan shared with staff

July 20: Task Force Meeting, Review Final Draft 

July 21-22: Send to Board of Health for Feedback 

July 23: Final Board review of re-entry plan

July 24 – 28: Finalize re-entry plans

July 29: Send re-entry plan all parents and staff, include parent enrollment form for Remote Learning Option

Aug 3: Release of District Re-entry Plan video 

Aug 10: Release of Building Re-entry Plan videos

August 12: Remote Learning Option Enrollment Deadline

August 13-28: District finalizes staffing, makes class assignments, logistics, etc. and sends out communications to parents.

August 27 – September 4: Staff Meetings/Training/Planning, and preparations for student arrival

September 8-9, 10-11: Student Re-entry Days (See below for schedule)

September 14: Classes begin for students based on Ohio Public Health Advisory System level


Primary Resources

Reset and Restart: Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts 

COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools

American Academy of Pediatrics 

Walter Haverfield 

Re-opening Research Resources (ESC of Northeast Ohio)

FPCS Reentry Planning 


Reimagine Schools Task Force

Reimagine Schools Task Force Meeting Agendas 

Questions to Consider

Shared Folder of Resources

Parkview Subcommittee Information 

Daycare Re-opening parent handbook 

Gilles-Sweet Subcommittee Information 

MS/HS Subcommittee Information 


June 2020 Parent & Teacher Survey Responses 

Parent Survey     

EEC parent responses / open responses (86)

GSE parent responses / open responses  (324)

MMS parent responses / open responses  (184)

FHS parent responses  / open responses  (248)


Teacher Survey  

FPCS teacher responses  / open responses  (106)


General Guidance 

CASEL – Initial Guide to Leveraging the Power of SEL as you Prepare to Reopen…

NEA Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings: “All Hands On Deck”

AASA Guiding Principles and Action Steps for Reopening Schools

Cuyahoga County Board of Health Employee Health Policy Guidelines for COVID-19

American Enterprise Institute: A Blueprint for Back to School

AASA, School Superintendents Association: Guidelines for Reopening Schools

Council of Administrators of Special Education: Considerations for Special Education 

Education Resource Strategies: Decision Points for COVID Comeback Models

NEA: All Hands On Deck: Initial Guidance

American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 Planning Considerations


State-wide Surveys 

Ohio Parent Survey on Opening Schools in the Fall

Ohio Parent Survey on Requiring Protective Masks in Schools

Ohio Parent Survey on Having School Employees Take Student Temperatures Before School


CDC Resources

CDC – Schools Decision Tree

CDC – Considerations for Schools

Posters and Fact Sheets from CDC for Handwashing

Quarantine and Isolation

When and How to Wash Your Hands: Guidance from CDC


CDC’s criteria can help inform when employees should return to work:


Local Health Experts Recommendations

Dr. Julia Bruner (Fairview Hospital/Fairview Park Resident) Recommendations to Reimagine Schools Task Force


  1. Build a plan based on community viral prevalence.  Eg, if the viral prevalence in Cuyahoga County is <2% have a different plan than if its >2% but less than 5%.  The Department of Health can help with determining the best prevalence levels to scale your plan.  
  2. Require all staff to wear masks when they are unable to social distance- and teachers can’t social distance and effectively teach elementary kids.  
  3. Create a form that parents complete regarding their wishes regarding their child’s use of a mask.  Have staff reinforce that family’s plan. 
  4. Require any child with upper respiratory symptoms remain at home until symptoms have resolved.  Same for staff.  Establish a video connection for the kids that miss their onsite days.  
  5. Visually screen all kids as they enter school and in the classroom.  If symptoms are apparent, have a designated space for them to wait for an adult to pick up. Area will need to be cleaned after use.  This could be done by the bus drivers.  
  6. Depending on community viral prevalence consider- either a defined time off at home before returning or test result or note from a physician’s evaluation.  
  7. I don’t think busing is a good idea.  We personally appreciated busing in the past.  
  8. Lunches should be bagged and distributed in the classrooms.  
  9. Gym classes should be outside as much as possible- activities will need to be creative.  Physical activity is really important with the lack of touch.  
  10. I’d start school early; get as much as possible before COVID-20 in mid to late fall.
  11. Social distance the classrooms which will require school days at home- remote.  Can you extend the school day?  
  12. Kids on breakfast/lunch programs would need food sent home.
  13. Open the windows on the buildings if you can.
  14. Refresh training for the staff regarding recognizing anxiety and abuse.  Provide training to kids on stress and resilience training.  Provide counseling on site- can be done via telehealth options.  


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers and Staff 

Professional Learning In-District (Summer and Fall 2020)