July 2, 2020
Dear Mayfield Families and Students,
I hope this communication finds you well, happy and healthy
as we continue to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This communication contains important dates and information. Please
The Governor has directed students back to school. In
Mayfield, students will be back to
school 5 days a week. In addition, there will be an at home remote learning option for those
families who choose not to send their students back to school for health and
safety reasons. There will be NO
hybrid (home and school learning model) offered. This decision is in line with
our survey data (see survey summary below).
Please note that while
we are preparing to come back to school in person five days a week, the
Governor can issue a stay at home order and close school facilities at any
time, putting us back into a remote learning environment.
On July 2, Governor DeWine provided the reopening of school guidelines
to all Ohio school districts. The guidelines were crafted with input from the
Department of Health, The Center for Disease Control, American Academy of
Pediatrics, parents, educators, professional education organizations and the
Ohio Department of Education. We consider these guidelines as best practice
mandates and must be followed. See the links below for more details about the
reopening mandates and guidelines.
Please note that at
the time of this writing the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio.gov websites
were experiencing technical difficulties. We have been assured that the
problems will be corrected very soon and you will be able to access the
reopening of school information.
Summary of Survey
Results (over 2000 respondents)
Approximately 87% indicate a preference for a
full return to school. Comfort levels vary from no concerns to some concerns.
Approximately 13% would voluntarily continue
with remote online learning.
Approximately 85% would assist with transporting
their students to school if needed.
The Governor’s Guidelines
In order to bring students back to school the Governor has
said that we “must” comply with the health and safety guidelines.
Generally, the guidelines direct us to do the following:
Maintain 6 feet distancing protocols
Regularly clean classrooms, desks, furniture,
equipment, spaces, buses etc.
Practice regular hand washing
Adhere to transportation PPE requirements
Adhere to mass gathering guidelines
Strictly limit visitors including parents
Adhere to classroom, hallway, gym, cafeteria,
playground and office PPE protocols
Adhere to stay at home guidelines if staff and
students are demonstrating signs of illness
Adhere to competition guidelines
Adhere to food service guidelines
Reopening of School
A full return to school 5 days a week
requires us to make the following modifications in order to meet the health and
safety guidelines and protocols:
Limitations on student movement in the buildings
Students and staff PPE requirements and policies
Adjustments to instructional schedules
Adjustments to lunch schedules
Adjustments to transportation schedules
Adjustments to cleaning schedules
Adjustments to recess schedules
The remote learning from home option
is for those not comfortable sending their children back to school due to
health and safety reasons.
More information for those who want the remote
learning from home option is forthcoming.
This option will require a commitment for one
full semester so that we can plan for appropriate staffing levels.
There will be NO hybrid, home and school learning option offered.
Transition Back to
School Week: August 17-21
Our 2020-21 school calendar will remain the same. However,
the week of August 17-21 will be a Transition
Back to School Week. The purpose of
this week is to get students and staff back as safely a possible while getting
them acclimated to new routines and mandated safety protocols. Please note that
the dates of return schedule for particular grades was designed to meet the
transition and developmental needs of students. For example, 6th and
9th grades are major transition years.
The following grade levels will return to school on these specific
dates the week of August 17-21:
August 17- Phase in Grades 6 & 9 only
August 18- Phase in Grades 6 & 9 only
August 19- Phase in Grades 4, 5, 6 & 10 only
August 20- Phase in Grades 3, 2, 7 & 11/12 only
August 21- Phase in Grades 1 & 8 only
August 24- School opens for all students
PreK-12 (Kindergarten phases in as usual this week)
The instructional day will be modified to meet safety and
health mandates, continue positive relationships, provide emotional and social
supports, provide services and maintain quality of instruction.
You will begin receiving back to school details from your
principals on July 15. However, you
can generally expect these changes to the instructional day.
Students will be allowed to snack in their
classrooms and will eat lunch in their classrooms. Recess times will be
staggered. Art, music and PE will be scheduled in blocks of time. Start times
and end times may be modified. These times will be determined soon.
Students will arrive to school at the usual time
and be dismissed at the usual time. Student movement will be restricted.
Students will be spread out and eat lunch in their classrooms, cafeteria and
open learning spaces. The existing teaming model allows flexibility of time and
Students will be on an alternating day block
schedule (details forthcoming). Movement will be restricted. Students will be
spread out and eat lunch in classrooms, cafeteria and open learning spaces. Start
times and end times may be modified. These times will be determined soon.
Additional return to
school information will follow and come in three forms:
A Return to School Handbook that will provide a
district overview of protocols, practices and schedules.
Video vignettes demonstrating return to school
health and safety protocols and practices.
Principal communications that will provide
specific information pertaining to each school building beginning on July 15.
Please note that this
communication and all forthcoming information will be posted on our website and
Facebook page. www.mayfieldschools.org
I ask for your continued patience and support as we plan for
the dozens of needed adjustments in order to prepare for the safe return to
school 5 days a week in August. The routines will no doubt be different. But,
the quality of our relationships with your students and the quality of
instruction will not change.
Finally, we all hope and pray that there will be solutions to
this pandemic. In the meantime, it is important that we get through the changes
and challenges together. Please be on the lookout for forthcoming
Thank you again for your patience and support.
Proud to be a Wildcat,