New Lebanon Parent Update 10.27.20

posted Oct 27, 2020, 7:05 AM by Greg Williams

We thank all our parents for their help and support in following health protocols for in-person learning.  By working together, we can reduce the potential for spreading illness in the event someone contracts COVID 19 or other illness.

Please continue to screen for symptoms daily and keep students home if they are displaying any symptoms or a temperature.  Also, if students have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive or is being tested for COVID 19 at the recommendation of a doctor, please keep the student at home and inform the office at your school that the student is being kept home for quarantine.  Students will be able to complete work at home while quarantined and students will not be penalized for attendance while quarantined.

We appreciate the support of all of our entire community as we learn through the health emergency.

School Meals

The USDA has extended the school breakfast and lunch support that was scheduled to end in December through the end of the 20/21 school year in May.  This means that the standard breakfast and lunch will be free to students through the last day of school.  For in-person learners, students are eligible to receive the meals during the scheduled breakfast and lunch times at each school.  For remote learners, meals for the following week can be picked up on Fridays—if your remote learner is not currently on the list, your request must be in by Wednesday to receive the meals on Friday.

Lunch items that are not part of the standard lunch or breakfast (a la carte items) are not supported by this program and must be purchased by the student at the time of the meal.

Quarantines

We have received a few questions about “suspected case” quarantines among students and staff. 

When a student or staff member reports that he/she has been referred for COVID 19 testing by a doctor, those who have been in close contact with the person are placed in quarantine as a precaution.  This precaution is an effort to stop potential spread and more potential quarantines immediately until results are known.

In most cases this year, the quarantines have been very short as the person referred for testing is negative for COVID 19.  Those quarantined for exposure are returned to school immediately when the negative result is reported.  In some other cases, the immediate quarantine has prevented an expanded quarantine list and the ability for the infection to spread.

We greatly appreciate the ability of our families to adjust when a quarantine becomes necessary to limit possible spread of infection.

Winter Sports

The OHSAA has announced that plans are moving forward with winter sports.  Our athletic staff is preparing for the upcoming seasons.  We hope that all students who have an interest in winter sports, experienced or beginner, will participate.

Please be prepared for similar protocols that were initiated with fall sports.  Symptom checks, masking requirements and distancing where possible will continue to be requirements.  Also, we will have limited capacity for spectators to attend, especially since winter sports are played inside.

We want to provide all of the opportunities for students that are advisable during the health emergency.  We hope that everyone will continue to be flexible as we adjust our usual practices to meet the requirements for this year.

Election Day

New Lebanon Local School District will be closed on November 3rd, election day.  The district has scheduled a professional development day for staff on election day so that access can be provided for Dixie High School to be a polling place without students present as we have many visitors to the building.  This practice is part of our school safety plans.

New Lebanon School District will have a renewal on the ballot: Issue 18.  Issue 18 is a renewal that does not raise taxes—it continues essential existing funding.  New Lebanon Local School District has not asked voters for any funding increase since 2006, the longest span for districts in Montgomery County.

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