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.