Dear Beachwood Parents/Guardians and Students,
Thank you for your patience and support as we reopen Beachwood Schools. We face unprecedented challenges because of COVID-19. However, we are facing these challenges relying on science, creative use of Beachwood’s resources, and our community’s dedication to protecting one another. We plan to return students to school in person on September 21, 2020.
The following is Beachwood’s plan for reopening schools. Thanks to the many parents, students, Beachwood Schools staff, Board of Education members, city officials, and other community members including numerous medical professionals, for their ideas, input, and troubleshooting throughout this process. This has been a truly collaborative effort.
Below, you will find a detailed description of the safety measures we are putting in place across the district as well as links to a schedule and FAQs for each level of school.
Online Only Option
Every Beachwood family with students grades K-12 has the option to keep their child at home to
engage in online learning exclusively.
Every student and staff member must complete and submit a Daily Health Checklist at home, which includes a temperature check, before boarding a bus or entering school.
The checklist is recommended by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH). Checklist submissions will be cross-referenced with school attendance.
Anyone who does not submit the checklist will be sent home.
Face Coverings (revised 7-28-2020)
School employees are required to wear a face mask at all times when working with students or one another.*
Some staff will wear face shields in place of a mask when working with students whose instructional needs require this visibility.
Beachwood will require students to wear a face mask at all times except when eating in designated locations.*
Frequent mask breaks will be built into students’ schedules. Teachers will take their students outside so masks can be removed and everyone can get some fresh air.
*Staff and students with documented medical conditions and/or disabilities who cannot wear a face mask will be exempted from this requirement. If they are able to wear a face shield, but not a mask, a shield will be provided to them as a substitute.
Hand Washing / Sanitizing
Per the Governor’s orders, sanitizer dispensers will be placed (if they are not already) at every building entrance and in each classroom.
Hand washing or sanitizing breaks will be taken frequently during the day so staff and students can exercise this simple, but highly effective measure of prevention
We will reduce the number of students in each classroom so that 6-foot physical distancing from one another can be accomplished.
Reducing the number of students in hallways has the potential to achieve the same.
Distancing on our buses is a goal, but this will depend upon the number of riders. Bus riders will be required to wear a face covering and sanitize their hands upon boarding. We are awaiting guidance on the topic of transportation from the Ohio Department of Health.
At the MS and HS levels, a few classes may be scheduled as online only to meet a staffing or scheduling need.
Cleaning of Buildings
Additional measures will be taken to sanitize our facilities both during the school day, in between groups of students, and in between school days.
High traffic areas will be a focus of our increased custodial/cleaning staff during school hours.
Classroom surfaces, such as desks and chairs will be sprayed and wiped by students and teachers throughout the school day.
Increased cleaning measures will be taken nightly, including the use of an electrostatic disinfectant fogger in all spaces occupied during the day.
We will welcome students back for in-person learning at school on September 14, 2020. The district will provide updates in the coming weeks about this start date. Families whose children are signed up for online learning will experience no change in their schedules after that date.
Special Education services for students with disabilities will be fully provided.
Services for any individual student will be determined based upon what is specified in their IEP.
Special schedules may be devised for these students based upon their needs.
English Learner services will be fully provided but may take place on a schedule that does not match previous years.
Our school district will follow the guidance of the CCBH in the event of an exposure or suspected exposure of a staff member, student, or household member of a staff member or student.
The CCBH has provided the following guidance on this topic:
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 is isolated at home and receives a call from their county/city of residence’s health department with instructions on how to keep themselves and their family safe.
During that call, we acquire a list of close personal contacts (persons who were within 6 feet of them for more than 10-15 minutes). The health department then reaches out to those case contacts with quarantine information (14 days at home, only going out when absolutely necessary, hand hygiene, face coverings, etc.).
We also seek patient permission to contact employers/schools, etc. to help determine close personal contacts as necessary on a case by case basis.
It is not the job of the school, rather, the job of the health department to contact cases and their contacts.
Anyone exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary care provider (or our office 216.201.2000) and depending on their access to care, they will be given testing instructions.
As more and more no cost/no prescription required clinics are established, we or their doctor will help them to obtain testing in the most convenient locale possible.
The CCBH has provided the following guidance on staff or student/family travel:
We are happy to provide families with guidance on travel (we have a travel clinic that provides vaccinations for international travel that can be reached at 216.201.2091).
As far as travel advisories, we use the CDC’s Travel Guidance link to make our determinations.
Beachwood Schools will work with the CCBH regarding any questions related to staff or student/family travel and attendance at school.
SPECIFIC SCHOOL REOPENING INFORMATION
Fairmount, Bryden, and Hilltop Reopening Information
Beachwood Middle School Reopening Information
Beachwood High School Reopening Information
Thank you for your steadfast support of our students, Beachwood Schools and our small, but mighty community,
Dr. Robert P. Hardis
Stay safe and stay tuned for more information soon.