December 29 Message from Superintendent Hill

Good afternoon.  I'm writing today for three (3) reasons.  First, as things currently stand, we look forward to our students returning to our school buildings on Monday, January 4, per the details in the message sent on December 17.

Second, as we continue to learn from and adjust to the effects of the pandemic on the continuity of education offered to our students, the Wadsworth City School District Board of Education may revisit the details found in the 2020-2021 School Year Education Continuity Plan.  In particular, the board may consider a revision to the following two (2) details:

  • The impact of Medina County being at Level 4, Purple, on the Ohio Public Advisory Alert System on the education model used for student education; and
  • The two (2)-week transition out of remote learning or the hybrid model and back into regular in-person education.
     


In regards to Level 4, Purple, the plan could be revised to not automatically transition our students to remote learning upon Medina County being designated Level 4, Purple.  Instead, the board would continue to monitor the following indicators to determine when a move to an alternative learning model (remote learning or hybrid) would be necessary:

  • Student attendance rate, including the number of students in quarantine;
  • Staff, in particular, teacher, attendance rate;
  • Substitute fill rate, in particular, how each period is being covered for students when a teacher is out so we can gauge what type of education continuity is occurring;
  • The most current Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public data;
  • Wadsworth-specific COVID-19 data (if available), including: test positivity rate and incidence rate; and
  • Consultation with the Medina County Health Department.

In regards to the two (2)-week transition back to in-person learning, while the intention was to allow for advance notice to parent/guardian(s) and employees, we have realized that this timeline may be too long and not necessary.

In order for the board of education to have information to guide any future discussion on the potential changes to the Continuity Plan, if your child(ren) is (are) attending in-person education (not Wadsworth Wired), you are asked to answer the questions found on the form linked below.  While there are no guarantees that the parent/guardian(s) of students attending in-person will be offered the opportunity to change their commitment to some type of online learning (e.g., Wadsworth Wired, curriculum purchased from an outside vendor, etc.), having a better understanding of how many parent/guardian(s) would choose to change their commitment for their child(ren) will be helpful to the board as they continue to explore options to best meet the needs of our students.  Your response to the form is not binding.

You are asked to complete a separate form for each of your children no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021. The form can be accessed by clicking here.

Finally, in an effort to provide our community with information, while protecting the privacy of the individuals involved, I am writing to inform you that two (2) employees at the Charles R. Parsons Administration Building have tested positive for having COVID-19.  Through the contact tracing process, it was determined that no one will be quarantined at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 330-335-1300 or at ahill@wadsworthschools.org.  Thank you for your continued support of our school district.

 

Andy Hill





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